The NBA and the players association jointly announced the playoffs would resume Saturday with a Milwaukee Bucks vs. Orlando Magic matchup at 3:30 p.m. The league and players also committed to work together to address issues important to the players.
The joint statement identified the following commitments:
- The NBA and its players will establish a social justice coalition, with representatives from players, coaches and governors (owners), that will focus on a range of issues, including increasing access to voting, promoting civic engagement and advocating for meaningful police and criminal justice reform.
- In every city where the league franchise owns and controls the arena property, team governors will work with local officials to convert the facility into a voting location for the 2020 general election. If a deadline has passed, team governors will work with local officials to find another election-related use for the facility, such as voter registration and ballot receiving boards.
- The league will work with the players and network partners to create and include advertising to appear during each NBA playoff game dedicated to promoting civic engagement in national and local elections and raising awareness around voter access and opportunity.
Games were postponed the past two days as players and owners discussed how the playoffs could proceed.
Here’s the schedule of games for the weekend:
- 3:30 p.m. (ESPN) — Game 5: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Orlando Magic
- 6:30 p.m. (TNT) — Game 5: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets
- 9 p.m. (TNT) — Game 5: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers
- 1 p.m. (ESPN) — Game 1: Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors
- 3:30 p.m. (ESPN) — Game 6: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks
- 8:30 p.m. (TNT) — Game 6: Denver Nuggets vs. Utah Jazz
The playoffs will continue as previously scheduled from there.