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2020 NBA Playoff Schedule: Dates, Start Times, TV Info Announced After Protests

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorAugust 28, 2020

Officials stand beside an empty court at the scheduled start of an NBA basketball first round playoff game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Orlando Magic, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Milwaukee Bucks didn't take the floor in protest against racial injustice and the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)
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The NBA postseason will resume Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET after players paused the playoffs for three days to protest systemic racism and police brutality following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic provided the schedule for Saturday through Tuesday:

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania

NBA playoff schedule for Saturday and Sunday. https://t.co/9PhPYn5tIC

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania

NBA postseason schedule for Monday. https://t.co/qYiOVtGOy7

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania

NBA Postseason schedule for Tuesday: https://t.co/Rkr694pJVG

Thirteen teams remain in the NBA playoffs.

The Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic will lead the resumption of the playoffs, and ESPN will televise the action.

The Bucks' decision to not take the court for Game 5 of their first-round playoff series against the Magic on Wednesday eventually led to three days of games being postponed.

That afternoon, Milwaukee explained its decision to sit, in part citing the shooting of Blake three days prior in Kenosha, Wisconsin, which is 40 miles from the Bucks' home city:

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks

Full statement from the Milwaukee Bucks: https://t.co/jjGEyVcCmB

The Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers, all of whom were scheduled to play Wednesday, followed suit.

There was talk of the postseason potentially being in jeopardy, but the decision was made to continue and begin a more active effort in the fight for social justice.

The fruits of the discussions between players, coaches and team governors have already begun to appear. Of note, NBA arenas owned and controlled by the franchises will be made available to become polling stations on Election Day on November 3.

The NBA and NBPA produced a joint statement regarding their efforts:

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps

The NBA and NBPA have put out the following joint statement about play resuming Saturday, along with initiatives the players and league will work on together: https://t.co/2Y2e9eFEfd

All games on Saturday and Sunday will be first-round series matchups, with the exception of the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors, who swept their first-round opponents and are set to face each other in Round 2. The C's and Raps will face off Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

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