September 20, 2021

NBA players ‘agree to resume postseason’

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The NBA players have agreed to resume the postseason, according to reports, but Thursday night’s three playoff games will not take place.

The players decided to end their boycott and resume the NBA playoffs in a meeting on Thursday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported.

The meeting took place inside the NBA bubble near Orlando and was the second session to discuss whether to continue the 2020 postseason after Wednesday’s three-game boycott.

The court remained empty at the scheduled tip-off time for the Milwaukee Bucks play-off game against the Orlando Magic 4:35
NBA.com’s Sekou Smith says he expects some players to leave the NBA bubble even if the majority agree to play the remainder of the season

The three playoff games on Thursday’s schedule will not be played, per the report, and discussions are ongoing as to when play will resume.

The Dallas Mavericks and LA Clippers were due to play Game 6 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series, as were the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz.

Shams Charania speaks to NBA TV from inside the bubble 6:31
NBA reporter Shams Charania tells NBA TV the Lakers and Clippers players led a call to boycott the remainder of the postseason at a meeting on Wednesday night

The Boston Celtics were set to face the Toronto Raptors in the opening game of their Eastern Conference semi-final series.

Quoting a source, Wojnarowski tweeted: “The resumption of playoff games could come as soon as Friday, but there is expected to be a return to this season by the weekend.”

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Shortly after Wojnarowski’s tweet, LeBron James posted a statement on Twitter demanding immediate social change.

“Change doesn’t happen with just talk!! he tweeted. “It happens with action and needs to happen NOW!”

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