This means the first round of the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics playoffs at 6:30 p.m. ET, as well as game six of the Denver Nuggets-Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers-Dallas Mavericks first round playoffs – at 4:00 a.m. h 00 and 21 h 00, respectively – hang in the scale.
The news comes following the boycott launched by the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday afternoon just before they face the Orlando Magic in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series.
This led to the NBA finally rescheduling Wednesday’s schedule which included Game 5 of the Oklahoma City Thunder-Houston Rockets series and the Portland Trail Blazers-Los Angeles Lakers opener.
The protest organized by the Bucks was in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old black man who was shot at least seven times from behind in Kenosha, Wis., Last Sunday who Blake’s lawyer said left . him paralyzed.
In the run-up to Milwaukee’s action on Wednesday, the Raptors and Celtics pitched the idea of potentially boycotting the start of their playoff series in a bid to show demonstrable action behind the message that they and the rest of the NBA attempted to push through during this reboot to support the Black Lives Matter movement and the fight against police brutality.
“These are ongoing discussions. I think it’s on the table, ”Raptors coach Nick Nurse said in a practice available hours before the Bucks chose not to speak. “There are also other ideas on the table.”
It has been reported that a special Board of Governors meeting will be held Thursday morning to further discuss the situation and, perhaps, make a decision on whether or not to continue the NBA season. But, in the meantime, a league-wide players and coaches reunion was reportedly held on Wednesday where, according to Illustrated sportsChris Mannix, unless team ownership gets involved in helping other causes such as police reform, the season will end without a champion being crowned.
At the meeting, the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers voted to end the remainder of the season, with all teams except them in favor of continuing the season, according to Athletic’s Shams Charania. .
Brad Turner you Los Angeles Times reported that LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard both spoke at the reunion and were adamant about not playing the rest of the playoffs
As Wojnarowski reported, however, the vote was more of an informal and not a final ballot.
Thursday’s Board of Governors meeting could very well determine the fate of this season.