LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida (AP) – The Milwaukee Bucks were the first team to refuse to speak in these NBA playoffs, and will be in their first game when play resumes on Saturday.
The league released the weekend schedule and essentially kept all the matches that had been postponed along with the triples set for Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday: Milwaukee face Orlando at 3:30 pm, followed by Oklahoma City against Houston at 6:30 pm and the Los Angeles Lakers who meet Portland at 9:00 pm. All these series are playing game 5; the Bucks and Lakers lead their 3-1 series, and the Thunder-Rockets series is knotted at 2-2.
For Sunday: Boston faces Toronto at 1pm, Los Angeles Clippers play Dallas at 3.30pm, and Denver meets Utah at 3.30am. The Celtics-Toronto match started 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals; the other two games are Game 6 in the first round of the Western Conference, with Clippers and Jazz leading the 3-2 series.
Saturday’s fights were supposed to be played on Wednesday, and Sunday’s fights were supposed to take place on Thursday. The NBA playoffs stopped for three days after the Bucks, in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man, by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, who refused to speak for the game Wednesday afternoon.
This triggered a wave of activity, including the talk that the season could end. Players, coaches and team owners have met – sometimes separately, some together – in recent days before announcing their intention to continue the season.
Miami, which ousted Indiana last Monday, will have at least a week off between games. The Heat will meet the winner of the Bucks-Magic series; if Milwaukee wins on Saturday, it would seem likely that Match 1 of a Heat-Bucks match would be Monday.