The NBA playoffs will resume, perhaps as early as Friday, according to multiple reports.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the news first.
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The Milwaukee Bucks decided to sit out Wednesday’s playoff game against the Orlando Magic in protest of the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis. That triggered the postponement of that day’s games in the Rockets-Thunder series and Lakers-Blazers series.
A players’ meeting Wednesday night concluded with players from the Lakers and Clippers willing to end the season and go home, according to multiple reports.
The players met again Thursday morning and decided to continue the playoffs, although Thursday’s games also have been postponed.
The players and owners also will meet later Thursday to discuss plans of action both sides can take on social justice issues.
According to ESPN’s Marc J. Spears, a veteran NBA player told him: “The bubble is about more than just crowning a champion. More so now than ever. It felt like the message was fading. Hopeful this can create a new level of activism and commitment from our owners, league, teams towards real change.”
Part of the players’ meeting were discussions of how a mid-playoff strike would affect next season, including violating the collective bargaining agreement, which could trigger a possible lockout by the league’s owners.
The Rockets-Thunder series is tied 2-2. No word on when Game 5 will be played.