Boycotts Could Cause Miami’s Hot Season and Playoff Hopes to Cool Off

Miami Heat’s Jimmy Butler (22) shoots as Indiana Pacers’ Myles Turner defends during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

Just when we thought the NBA was back up and running, and throwing, everything changes…again.

The rest of the Miami Heat’s season and playoff plans appear to be on hold, according to The South Florida Sun Sentinel.

And it happens just as things were finally starting to really go Miami’s way.

The team had been waiting Wednesday to see who would come out on top in the Bucks vs. Magic matchup, after the Heat pushed the Pacers out of the series in Game 4 on Monday.

That never happened.

According to the newspaper, Milwaukee decided to boycott its Wednesday game at Disney, following player protests sparked by last Sunday’s police-involved shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.

That led the NBA to put off the other games that were supposed to take place Wednesday.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters before the Bucks backed out that Miami was not considering going the same route.

“I’m just going to observe and see what’s going to happen over the next 24 hours,” he said

The cancellation of the schedule came moments later, though.

Just after that happened, the MLB joined the movement.

Indeed, the Milwaukee Brewers and the Seattle Mariners also elected to postpone their games, as players took part in the Blake protests.

And so it goes in the strange world (of sports) in 2020.

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