The NBA Playoffs will resume after a strike led by the Milwaukee Bucks, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The six games that were scheduled for today following yesterday's work stoppage have reportedly been postponed to a later date.
The resumption of the postseason comes after NBA teams including the Bucks, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Clippers refused to play on Wednesday. In a statement, the Bucks said they were compelled to strike in protest of the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. "Despite the overwhelming plea for change, there has been no action, so our focus today cannot be on basketball," the team said.
The effects of the strike reverberated outside of basketball. The WNBA joined in, postponing two games scheduled for Wednesday. Five major league soccer games and three MLB games were also postponed due to player strikes. And in the world of tennis, Naomi Osaka refused to play in a semifinals match, writing in her statement, "Watching the continued genocide of Black people at the hand of the police is honestly making me sick to my stomach."