The Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors begin their Eastern Conference semifinal matchup on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. on ESPN, after a brief hiatus as players went on strike to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.
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Here’s what the Celtics and Raptors had to say in the run up to Game 1.
“As you can probably guess or imagine, there’s a lot been going on recently. It kind of made it difficult to focus on basketball, so there’s been a lot to process over this last week or so. And then on a much, I guess, less important scale, try to figure out how to focus on basketball. I think we did a pretty good job today. We’re just trying to regroup and refocus on the game tomorrow.”
“It definitely is (a challenge). But it’s a challenge that I willingly signed up for. We’ve got to keep pushing that line. We’ve got to keep demanding justice. We’ve got to hold people accountable. We’ve got to hold the police accountable. You know, especially the ones who are not operating in a way that’s recognizable by human beings. Part of that is qualified immunity. A lot of unjust situations are hidden behind qualified immunity. The fact that you won’t be held accountable. So, some of those things we need to push for state to state. That’s something I would like to take to Boston and have a conversation with the mayor or the governor, or the House or the Senate, about those conversations because things like that are important as well. I don’t think that not following directions should lead to death, or getting shot in the back. We’ve seen those narratives be in different situations, not the same. You saw 17 (year old) kid AR two people in the middle of a protest with an AR-15, or whatever he had. Nothing seems like they resolved — he was arrested and charged, but they seem like they resolved that situation without having to shoot him. And these situations with other people, people of color, it doesn’t always end in that in that manner. So you need to have these conversations and it’s important. Racism exist, it is here. Anti-Blackness exists. And despite all the people, the 30 percent or 40 percent of America that disagrees, that’s the percent that we need to enlighten and continue to understand that this is not okay. This is a human issue. It’s not Black versus Whiteness. No, this is right versus wrong.”
“I’d say several conversations, multiple players, concerns and there was some concern and it was, and a lot of it was sort of historical. Like, it got to this point where the play stopped and guys were saying, ’I didn’t want to come in the first place,’ stuff they didn’t express to you before and just kind of getting through all that. And you guys have known that my stance on the whole thing is this, is that I think playing these games certainly give our guys a much better platform for social justice and any cause or how big a part they want to be in, and that was kind of the conversations that I kind of had individually and I expressed to the team. In all reality, we only really request their attention for a couple hours a day and the rest of the day they can do whatever they want, and then they get a chance to earn a living and support their family on top of that and they have a platform to do that with. So that’s one of the basis of a lot of the conversations were.”
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