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[Short-Fuse] Will the NBA playoffs finish as planned?


Following the shooting of Jacob Blake by a policeman, and the murder of two protesters by a teenager in the subsequent protests, the Milwaukee Bucks refused to play in game 5 of their NBA playoff series. All three of the games scheduled for 26 August, involving Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, LA Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers, in addition to the Bucks, were eventually postponed.

The postponement of games was echoed across American professional sport, with the WNBA, MLB, and MLS following suit. It is just over 4 years since Colin Kaepernick first took the knee before an NFL game, also in protest at racial injustice in the United States.

The postponed games have not yet been re-scheduled, and there is talk of cancelling the season altogether.

This question asks:

Will the 2020 NBA playoffs finish as planned?

"As planned" is taken in this context to mean that each of the 15 playoff series detailed in this bracket is played as a best of 7. If the official bracket is changed such that it consists of less than 15 playoff series, or if any of the playoff series ends without a team achieving 4 wins, this question resolves negatively. In the case of games being cancelled, the stated reason for the cancellation of any remaining games has no bearing on resolution.

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