2020 NBA Playoffs

Players reportedly agree to resume 2020 playoffs

Michael Jordan reportedly plays big role in bridging gap between players, owners

Another day of the NBA playoffs will be postponed, but the postseason will return at some point.

In a statement issued by the NBA on Thursday, the league said the three playoff games scheduled for Aug. 27 will hopefully be played in the coming days.

“NBA playoff games for today will not be played as scheduled. We are hopeful to resume games either Friday or Saturday,” NBA Executive Vice President Mike Bass said in a statement released Thursday.

“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.”

The WNBA, which postponed its games on Aug. 26, is also postponing its games on Thursday night.

Players across the NBA have been adamant that more needs to be done to effect social change after the recent police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisc.

The Milwaukee Bucks did not take the floor before the start of Game 5 against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday, an action they later stated was due to the police shooting of Blake, subsequent civilian shootings of protestors and the lack of legal response to those and other national occurrences of social injustice that preceded them.

After Wednesday night in Orlando at the Walt Disney World campus housing the season restart, players and owners met to discuss the state of the season. Per multiple reports, the NBA’s players decided Thursday to resume the 2020 playoffs.

On Wednesday afternoon, the NBA announced that the three games scheduled for Aug. 26 — Bucks vs. Magic, Rockets vs. Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers — were postponed. Each of those Game 5s will be rescheduled, per the NBA.

Here’s the latest news on this developing situation:


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