Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors Game 1 rescheduled for Sunday afternoon


The Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors will begin their Eastern Conference Semifinal series on Sunday afternoon at 1 PM. The game will be televised on ESPN.

The rest of the series schedule has not been announced, but it’s possible they’ll follow the same every-other-day schedule every other series has been.

The series was supposed to begin on Thursday, but the games were delayed due to player protests over the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. The protests began Wednesday, when the Milwaukee Bucks refused to take the floor, and they continued through Friday.

The playoffs will resume tomorrow with the regularly scheduled Wednesday slate of games. Milwaukee Bucks vs. Orlando Magic Game 5 will start at 3:30 on ESPN. Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets will tip at 6:30 on TNT, and Portland Trailblazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers will begin at 9 PM, also on TNT.

The players union and the league came to an agreement over an enhanced social justice plan today, paving the way for games to resume. The three-point plan includes the immediate creation of a social justice coalition, with representatives from players, coaches and ownership “that will be focused on a broad range of issues, including increasing access to voting, promoting civic engagement, and advocating for meaningful police and criminal justice reform,” they said in a joint statement.

Teams which control their own arenas have also agreed to work towards turning them in to voting locations to encourage under-served communities to participate. In the third point of the plan, “the league will work with the players and our network partners to create and include advertising spots in each NBA playoff game dedicated to promoting greater civic engagement in national and local elections and raising awareness around voter access and opportunity.”

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