The NHL and NBA will resume their playoff schedule Saturday, per announcements from both leagues.
The leagues saw their postseason paused as players protested social injustice, racism, and the need for reform in the United States.
The protests began Wednesday in the form of a boycott by the Milwaukee Bucks of their Game 5 with the Orlando Magic in an Eastern Conference playoff series.
It quickly spread and all games were postponed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday as the players and league sought to develop a plan. Friday, it was announced the NBA and NBPA had reached agreement on the playoffs picking up Saturday.
The NBA announced its schedule for this weekend. Bucks-Magic will be the first game played at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by Thunder-Rockets and Lakers-Blazers. Sunday: Celtics-Raptors at 1 p.m., followed by Clippers-Mavericks and Jazz-Nuggets at 8:30 p.m.
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This comes after the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers each voted Wednesday night to stop the season. Then came an audible Thursday that teams were in unison about continuing to play.
NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released the following joint statement:
“We had a candid, impassioned and productive conversation yesterday between NBA players, coaches and team governors regarding next steps to further our collective efforts and actions in support of social justice and racial equality. Among others, the attendees included player and team representatives of all 13 teams in Orlando. All parties agreed to resume NBA playoff games on Saturday, Aug. 29 with the understanding that the league together with the players will work to enact the following commitments:
Joint NBA and NBPA statement: pic.twitter.com/EFp6fG9oZs
— NBA (@NBA) August 28, 2020
Meanwhile, in hockey, the playoffs were postponed Thursday and Friday as a statement of protest and understanding.
“After much discussion, NHL players believe that the best course of action would be to take a step back and not play tonight’s and tomorrow’s games as scheduled,” the NHL and NHL Players’ Association said in a statement. “The NHL supports the players’ decision and will reschedule those four games beginning Saturday and adjust the remainder of the Second Round schedule accordingly.”
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) August 28, 2020
The WNBA also announced it would resume play. That league will tip-off again Friday.
Games resume tonight. The fight for justice and equality never stops. pic.twitter.com/OQVrkEIiJR
— WNBA (@WNBA) August 28, 2020