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Report: NBA playoffs continuing after Wednesday's boycotts

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The NBA season reportedly will continue in the Orlando bubble following Wednesday's three boycotted playoff games. 

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday morning that players decided to resume the playoffs. 

Thursday's three playoffs games have been postponed, Wojnarowski reported. ESPN's Tim MacMahon reported there will be another meeting later Thursday with two players per team to decide when the playoffs will continue. 

The Athletic's Shams Charania reported players and the league are aiming to play games again on Friday. Charania also reported players want to find new and improved ways to make social justice statements as they continue play. 

The Milwaukee Bucks boycotted Game 5 of their first round playoff series Wednesday in light of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, being shot in the back seven times by a white police officer in Kenosha, Wis. Following the Bucks' decision, three NBA playoff games, three WNBA games, three MLB games and four MLS games were called off.

The Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers reportedly voted to end the season during a players meeting Wednesday night. Wojnarowski reported Wednesday that the Clippers and Lakers' decision was "more of a polling" rather "than a final vote."

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Charania reported Thursday players discussed the sacrifices all of them have made to reach this point in the playoffs, and the sense of normalcy returning with families entering Disney Campus. Players who voted not to play on Wednesday night understood, according to Charania.

 

While the playoffs are back on, discussions regarding racial injustices and police brutality certainly will continue throughout the NBA.