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Report: Celtics-Raptors Game 1 postponed

The Celtics won’t kick off the Eastern Conference semifinals tonight.

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The NBA players will continue their stand against racial injustice as Thursday’s Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals between the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors has been postponed, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The postponement comes in the form of a player-fueled protest due to the recent shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Wojnarowski said the Games 6s of the opening round series in the Western Conference of Jazz-Nuggets and Clippers-Mavericks, that were supposed to be played Thursday, too, will be postponed as well.

Wojnarowski also reported that the NBA’s players have decided to resume the playoffs after having a players meeting this morning in the Orlando bubble. Postseason play could start back up as soon as Friday, according to Wojnarowski, and at the least, games are expected to be played by this weekend.

Our Keith Smith of the CelticsBlog gave more insight into when the Celtics-Raptors series is expected to begin. Smith said the opening game of the series will be played Sunday with the time of the contest to be determined.

Wojnarowksi added that NBA players and owners are set to meet later on Thursday to discuss a plan of action going forward on social justice issues.