The NBA saw games on Wednesday and Thursday ultimately get postponed as a result of players and teams boycotting.
The boycotts started with the Milwaukee Bucks not exiting their locker rooms for Wednesday's game against the Magic. The other teams scheduled to play that day followed, and the NBA came to a stop as players discussed how to proceed with shining a light on social justice issues.
Players held various meetings and ultimately decided to resume the NBA season. However, when the season will pick back up is still unknown at this point.
Are there NBA games today?
It is unclear when exactly the NBA will resume play, and how the league will make up the postponed games. Games were scheduled for Friday, but the NBA has not said whether those games will take place.
There are currently six games that were postponed by the league. The three games scheduled to play on Wednesday, including Magic vs. Bucks, Thunder vs. Rockets and Trail Blazers vs. Lakers. And the three games schedule to play on Thursday, including Nuggets vs. Jazz, Celtics vs. Raptors and Clippers vs. Mavericks.
From the NBA:
NBA playoff games for [Thursday] will not be played as scheduled. We are hopeful to resume games either Friday or Saturday. There is a video conference call meeting scheduled later this afternoon between a group of NBA players and team governors representing the 13 teams in Orlando, along with representatives from the National Basketball Players Association and the league office and NBA Labor Relations Committee Chairman Michael Jordan, to discuss next steps.
Here is a look at the NBA's upcoming schedule for the weekend prior to the stoppage:
|Nuggets vs. Jazz (Game 6)||Postponed|
|Celtics vs. Raptors (Game 1)||Postponed|
|Clippers vs. Mavericks (Game 6)||Postponed|
|Bucks vs. Magic (Game 6)||4 p.m. ET||NBATV|
|Rockets vs. Thunder (Game 6)||6:30 p.m. ET||TNT|
|Lakers vs. Trail Blazers||9 p.m. ET||TNT|
|Celtics vs. Raptors (Game 2)||4 p.m. ET||TNT|
|Jazz vs. Nuggets (Game 7)||6:30 p.m. ET||TNT|
|Mavericks vs. Clippers (Game 7)||9 p.m. ET||TNT|
|Magic vs. Bucks (Game 7)||TBD||TBD|
|Trail Blazers vs. Lakers (Game 7)||TBD||TBD|
|Thunder vs. Rockets (Game 7)||TBD||TBD|
Will the 2020 NBA season resume play?
Yes. The players have decided to resume the season. In an official statement, the league said it hopes to resume play on Friday or Saturday. An official re-worked schedule has not been released yet, but the league is working on scheduling the postponed games and the fallout from that.
Why are NBA teams boycotting?
A video released Sunday night showed police shooting Jacob Blake seven times in the back in Kenosha, Wis. Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, was attempting to get into his SUV where his three children (ages 3, 5 and 8) were reportedly inside. Blake family attorney Ben Crump said Blake is paralyzed and it would "take a miracle" for him to walk again.
Since the shooting took place in Milwaukee, the Bucks felt a duty to step up and demand action.
"The past four months have shed a light on the ongoing racial injustices facing our African American communities. Citizens around the country have used their voices and platforms to speak out against these wrongdoings," the team said in a statement. "Over the last few days in our home state of Wisconsin, we've seen the horrendous video of Jacob Blake being shot in the back seven times by a police officer in Kenosha, and the additional shooting of protestors. Despite the overwhelming plea for change, there has been no action, so our focus today cannot be on basketball."