NBA Postpones Three Playoff Games
The National Basketball Association was forced to postpone three games on Wednesday after players refused to take the court in response to another shooting of an unarmed black man by a police officer.
The shooting took place in Kenosha, Wisc., and the Milwaukee Bucks led the charge in the boycotts.
Milwaukee was set to take on the Orlando Magic in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series on Wednesday. The Bucks refused to take the floor prior to the game, and the Magic eventually left the court with less than four minutes before tip-off.
The NBA attempted to communicate with members of the Milwaukee Bucks, but the team released a statement that outlined their intentions in boycotting the game. By Wednesday night, two other NBA games had been postponed as all four remaining teams agreed to boycott their games.
None of the teams were issued a forfeit for not taking the floor, and the league is expected to make up all of the games that were postponed. This action from the Bucks prompted teams from other professional sports organizations to boycott their games as well.
Board of Governors Meeting on Thursday Morning
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has scheduled a meeting with the Board of Governors on Thursday morning. While the agenda for the meeting has not been made public, the meeting will look for possible scenarios to finish or cancel the season.
Players from all teams remaining in the bubble held a meeting on Wednesday night, and they were also weighing their options. Initially, it was believed that some players were looking to leave the bubble, but sources have indicated that most teams will look to continue on.
The league has taken a strong stance in support of the “Black Lives Matter” movement, but they have shown tremendous support for their players. The NBA Coaches Association issued a statement on Wednesday night announcing that they also fully support their players and their decision to boycott the games on Wednesday.
An official announcement from the league is expected on Thursday, but the league is expected to continue with their scheduled games as of now. The NBA will also have to decide when to make up the games that were postponed on Wednesday.
Nuggets Season Could End on Thursday
The Denver Nuggets are expected to take on the Utah Jazz in Game 6 of their first-round series on Thursday. Denver kept its season alive with a comeback win in Game 5 on Tuesday night, thanks to the heroics of Jamal Murray.
Denver won the first game of the series before the Jazz won three straight. The Nuggets have gotten huge contributions from Murray in the last two games, but they are still waiting on some of their role players to step up.
Fans in Denver will also be waiting on the league to make an announcement on Thursday morning as there is a chance that the league could shut the entire season down. Either way, the Nuggets could see their 2020 playoff run come to an end on Thursday.
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