According to media reports, the players of the NBA want to play again for the other playoff games. The three games scheduled for Thursday will be postponed.
Three encounters should actually take place on Thursday: The first quarter-finals between the champions Toronto Raptors and the Boston Celtics (with Daniel Theis) and the round of 16 Dallas Mavericks (with Maximilian Kleber) – Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz – Denver Nuggets. But in the afternoon (local time) the league announced the cancellation. “We hope it goes on Friday or Saturday,” NBA Vice President Mike Bass was quoted in a statement. Dallas had previously written on its homepage that the game would not take place.
According to the league, there will be a video conference on Thursday evening. Some professionals, representatives of the 13 clubs remaining in the play-offs and the NBPA players’ union, league officials, and NBA legend Michael Jordan will take part. The owner of the Charlotte Hornets chairs a committee on labor affairs.
LA clubs per season end?
The cancellations were triggered by the Milwaukee Bucks, which had not started the game against the Orlando Magic. With this, the Bucks reacted to the recent act of violence by police officers against a black man less than an hour’s drive south of Milwaukee. The 29-year-old family man Jacob Blake was seriously injured on Sunday in the US state of Wisconsin by police gunshots in his back. As a result, numerous other sporting events in the USA did not take place.
Basically, the players want to continue the season, according to media reports. Only the two clubs from LA, Lakers, and Clippers, have reportedly spoken out in favor of ending the season. The women’s professional league WNBA canceled its three games scheduled for Thursday in Bradenton / Florida before the NBA.