Boston Celtics: 3 potential side effects of game-five boycotts

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Though it started as just a whisper with the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors boycotting game-one, many other teams still in the first-round have pulled the trigger.

Yesterday it was rumored that game-one of the Eastern Conference’s Semifinals series between the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors could be postponed in order to shed more light on the most recent example of unnecessary excessive force by a law-enforcement officer on an unarmed black American in Jacob Blake.

Today, more teams joined in on the idea in search of justice.

Right before tip-off for game-five between the Bucks and Magic, ESPN analyst Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news that Milwaukee would be boycotting the exhibition.

Soon after, the remaining teams scheduled for today’s slate of games followed suit.

Sitting here, I find myself shaking in despair. Seemingly since the turn of the decade, we have found ourselves waking every morning wondering how things can possibly get any worse.

Somehow, like how the sun always rises, so too do 2020’s catastrophes.

Though the Civil Rights movement took place over 50 years ago, racial inequality appears to be just as prevalent today as it was when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. took to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Now, after 400 years of racism, brutality, and injustice in this country, it’s beyond the time to scream it from the rooftops: enough is enough!

In response to the long line of recent horrific acts on civilians heavily influenced by the color of their skin, it appears as though the league and its players will create a proverbial moment of silence with today’s game cancelations.

Unsure of how long their boycott will last, the world of NBA basketball and, frankly, society could be awaiting quite a few changeups in the coming days, weeks, months.