The Boston Celtics played for the first time in a week Sunday after the opening game of their second-round playoff series against the Toronto Raptors was postponed Thursday
Game 1 as just one of several games rescheduled after the Milwaukee Bucks boycotted their Game 5 matchup Wednesday against the Orlando Magic. And with that, all eyes were on the NBA’s message against police brutality and racial inequality, and other professional sports leagues quickly followed suit.
For Jayson Tatum, it showed everyone what can be accomplished when some of the nation’s largest stars in sports come together.
“I think what we’ve been doing off the court is a big reason why we came down here,” the Celtics forward said Sunday after Game 1 while donning a shirt honoring George Floyd, via NBC Sports Boston. “I think the world is seeing how powerful we are as a collective. The things we can accomplish when we all come together as one.”
A major point of the NBA’s restart was to keep the country’s focus on progressing towards equality for everyone, and they haven’t let off the gas.