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NBA postpones Thursday's games, will resume playoffs

Last Updated Aug 27, 2020 at 5:02 pm EDT

Point guard Kyle Lowry sits during a Raptors shoot around. The Canadian Press

The NBA has officially postponed its three games scheduled for Thursday, the league announced.

In its statement, the NBA says a video conference will be held between a group of players and team governors representing all 13 teams in Orlando.

The NBA Players Association will also be present, as well as Michael Jordan who is currently the league’s Labor and Relations Committee Chairman.

The Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics were set to kick off Game 1 at 6:30 p.m. in Orlando’s bubble.

If the NBA does in fact plan to resume this weekend, the Raptors and Celtics would play their first game of the series on Saturday.

The Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz, as well as the Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks were the other games on tap for tonight.

Following a tense players meeting on Wednesday night, the Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers announced both teams voted not to resume play this season.

The player-led movement to strike came when the Milwaukee Bucks made the decision not to take the court on Wednesday, instead remaining in their locker room through warmups, contacting Wisconsin attorney general Josh Kaul, and forming a team statement about the need for increased action in the face of anti-Black racism and police brutality.

The decision to strike had a ripple effect across the sports world, with MLB’s Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners, and Los Angeles Dodgers all postponing their respective games.

On Sunday, Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old unarmed Black man, was shot seven times in the back by police while trying to get into his car with his children inside.

Many players have spoken of the trauma and grief they’ve felt in the days since seeing video of Blake, who is now paralyzed from the waist down.

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