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Miami Heat win the East Conference and will face the Lakers on the NBA Finals
Miami Heat win the East Conference and will face the Lakers on the NBA Finals
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Miami Heat are in the NBA Finals, with the title of the East Conference after a 4:2 series against Boston Celtics.

The Heat will face Lakers, the winner of the West Conference, for the 2020 NBA title. The first game will be Wednesday, September 30.

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Lakers win West Conference and advance to first finals since 2010
Lakers win West Conference and advance to first finals since 2010
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Los Angeles Lakers are in the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010, with the title of the West Conference after a 4:1 series against Denver Nuggets.

LeBron James was the man of game 5 with a 38-point triple-double.

The Lakers now wait for the winner of the East Conference, either Boston Celtics or Miami Heat. Miami Heat leads the series 3:2.

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Black Lives Matter: Milwaukee Bucks decided to boycott game 5 against Orlando Magic to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake
Black Lives Matter: Milwaukee Bucks decided to boycott game 5 against Orlando Magic to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake
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The Milwaukee Bucks boycotted Wednesday NBA playoff game five against Orlando Magic to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake. Blake was shot seven times by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and is paralysed.

Bucks player George Hill told The Undefeated: "We're tired of the killings and the injustice."

Some NBA players didn't want to resume the season after Minneapolis police killed George Floyd. They decided to play, but with most players kneeling during the National Anthem and wearing Black Lives Matter T-shirts during pregame warmups.

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NBA to allow social justice messages over player names on jersey according to a report
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The Athletic's Shams Charania has reported that the NBA and NBA Players Association are in talks of allowing players to replace their names on the jersey with social justice statements. After players and fans had voiced concerns that there are too many more significant things going on in the world to play basketball, the organizations are discussing how to make a statement to show the importance of these events and let players express their support.

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NBA to finish 2019-20 season at Disney World
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The NBA's Board of Governors voted and approved a plan to finish the 2019-20 season at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. ESPN reports the proposal of a tournament with 22 teams had a 29-1 vote.

The league is targeting a July 31 as a start date. Each team will play eight games with a play-in tournament for the final seed in each conference before the playoffs

The plan now needs formal approval from the National Basketball Players Association before the league can move forward.

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NBA owners expected to approve plan to resume season in Orlando on July 31
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The NBA is planning a Thursday vote of the Board of Governors -- with an expectation that owners will approve Commissioner Adam Silver’s recommendation on a format to re-start the 2019-20 season in Orlando on July 31.

Silver, who has been closely working with the National Basketball Players Association, has yet to reveal when or how a formal decision will ultimately be made.

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NBA players to take 25% pay cut starting May 15
Adam Silver, NBA Commissioner
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Associated Press reports NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced the league players will receive 25% less in paychecks starting May 15.

The decision was made in concert with the National Basketball Players Association, with the league saying it would “provide players with a more gradual salary reduction schedule” if games are officially canceled or the rest of the season is totally lost.

“I think there is a sense that we can continue to take the leading role as we learn more in coming up with an appropriate regimen and protocol for returning to business,” Silver said.