dangolka (CBS) — The Celtics and Raptors are alleged to tip off their second-round playoff sequence Thursday night time in Orlando. That will not occur, as the 2 groups have mentioned a possible boycott in mild of the Jacob Blake taking pictures.
Celtics guards Jaylen Brown and Marcus Sensible and Raptors gamers Fred VanVleet and Norman Powell all mentioned presumably boycotting the sport on Tuesday as they opened up concerning the taking pictures. Blake, a Black man, was shot within the again seven instances by cops in Kenosha, Wisconsin over the weekend, sparking extra protests and rioting all through the nation.
Celtics and Raptors gamers met Tuesday night time to debate a attainable boycott of Sport 1, and can achieve this once more Wednesday night time, in keeping with Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.
The Celtics and Raptors gamers are anticipated to satisfy once more tonight, a supply stated.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) August 26, 2020
“It’s been talked about, however we haven’t confirmed something. It’s positively behind our minds to not play,” Sensible stated Tuesday. “There’s extra vital issues than basketball proper now. … One thing must be finished, and proper now our focus shouldn’t be on basketball.”
A number of NBA gamers and coaches have spoken out concerning the Blake taking pictures, with former Celtics coach and present L.A. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers sharing some highly effective phrases on the incident Tuesday night.
“I ought to simply be a coach. And, it’s so usually I’m reminded of my colour. It’s simply actually unhappy. We acquired to do higher. However now we have to demand higher. It’s humorous, we protest and so they ship riot guards. They ship individuals in riot outfits. They go to Michigan with weapons and so they’re spitting on cops and nothing occurs,” stated Rivers. “The coaching has to alter within the police pressure. The unions need to be taken down within the police pressure. My dad was a cop. I imagine in good cops. We’re not attempting to defund the police and take all of their cash away. We’re attempting to get them to guard us, simply the best way they defend all people else.”
Tip off for Thursday night time’s Sport 1 is scheduled for six:30 p.m., however we must always know properly earlier than then whether or not or not the Celtics and Raptors will probably be taking the ground.