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Reports: NBA players agree to continue season, Thursday’s playoff games postponed

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Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets - Game Five Photo by Kim Klement - Pool/Getty Images

The National Basketball Association season will continue on.

Per The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the players will play, but “want to find a new and improved way to make social justice statements.”

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Thursday’s playoffs games will be postponed, but will be played sometime this weekend.

Both the Board of Governors and players met Thursday morning, although both meetings were held separately.

The news comes after Wednesday’s unprecedented day in sports history with the NBA, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, and Women’s National Basketball Association postponed or boycotted games in the wake of a Jacob Blake, a Black man, being shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, over the weekend.

The Milwaukee Bucks began the night by deciding not to take on the Orlando Magic in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series.

The NBA says the Bucks, Magic, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Lakers, and Portland Trailblazers will reschedule their games. No date has been given.

Several MLB, MLS, and WNBA teams followed suit several hours later by postponing their matches.

After their game was postponed, the Thunder released a statement:

The series is tied 2-2, with OKC winning two games in a row.