Wednesday was a tumultuous day in the NBA. Thursday is shaping out to be just as interesting. After a round of late-night and early morning meetings among players and coaches, it appears that there is some consensus to resume the playoffs, according ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
There’s a catch, though. A date to restart games hasn’t been set. As such, all games scheduled for Thursday are postponed,—just like Wednesday’s game. This means that the Dallas Mavericks will have to wait to play a pivotal Game 6 against the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Milwaukee Bucks’ decision to boycott their game against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday became the flashpoint for the players’ ongoing grievances with racial injustice. They chose to skip their game after the shooting of Jacob Blake by a Kenosha, Wisconsin police officer. Soon, a wildcat strike action spread throughout the remaining teams inside the NBA Bubble.
Things appeared to come to a head Wednesday night during a heated meeting. The future of the season looked in jeopardy when both Los Angeles based teams voted not to resume the remainder of the postseason and walked out of the meeting, led by LeBron James.
It’s still to early to know what will happen next. Players are holding another meeting, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, Thursday afternoon to discuss the future of the league and how best to act on their demands for justice and equity.
What is known is that it may be a few more days before games restart. Although, the Athletic’s Shams Charania is reporting that games could begin as early as Friday. That means the Mavericks will have more time to practice, scheme, and potentially get Kristaps Porzingis healthy. Dallas must win Game 6 to extend their first-round series.
Editor’s Note: This post has been updated to reflect reporting by Shams Charania that games may resume Friday, August 28.