The Celtics and Raptors continued their final preparations for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Wednesday afternoon. However, whether that game will be played as scheduled remains to be seen — as the possibility of a boycott remained for Game 1. Players from both teams confirmed they met together on Tuesday night to discuss the situation as a group and those talks are continuing, according to All-Star forward Jayson Tatum, in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake.
“It’s an active discussion,” Tatum said after practice on Wednesday. “Obviously it started with the Raptors and obviously that’s who we’re playing. It’s been talked about with other guys on other teams. People are upset or angry and we’re just trying to come together and figure out a way how we can do something.
“Obviously people are going to say, ‘Well, what is sitting out going to do?’ Obviously if we sit out a game or the rest of the playoffs, we understand how big of an impact that will have. Everybody’s going to have to talk about it, continue to raise awareness. We don’t want to just keep playing and forget about what’s going on in the outside world, because it’s affecting us. It’s affecting everybody. We’re more than just basketball players; we’re people. And we have these raw emotions and feelings.”
While players from both sides plan to meet again today before making a decision about a collaborative plan for Game 1, Tatum knows that each individual will have to make their own choice about suiting up.
“We’re trying to figure that out today,” Tatum said on whether the game will be played as scheduled Thursday. “If certain guys, certain individuals make their own decisions, that’s perfectly fine. Everybody