Raptors kneel for both American and Canadian anthems ahead of tipoff

Members of the Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans kneel during the US national anthem as the NBA restarts in Orlando

NBA teams bowed their heads and knelt during the playing of the USA national anthem while wearing Black Lives Matter T-shirts on Thursday as the league returned for the first time since the coronavirus halted play in March with two thrilling games.

The Raptors came alive in the second half, outscoring the Lakers, 66-48, to pull away for good.

Raptors head coach Nick Nurse told reporters this week that he anticipated that his team would kneel for both the USA and Canadian national anthems, prior to Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers. The King was at the top of his game in March, when the league stood still, averaging just shy of a triple double with 30.0 points, 9.4 rebounds and 10.6 assists per game. It is true that the Los Angeles Lakers are the legitimate contenders for the National Basketball Association 2020 title, but the Lakers vs Clippers game results do not really mean anything for the National Basketball Association playoffs.

Linking arms in a line behind the words "Black Lives Matter" on the court, the Raptors and Los Angeles Lakers kneeled for The Star-Spangled Banner.

The majority of players have substituted their names on the backs of their jerseys with racial and social justice messages, picking from a couple dozen drawn up by the league.

"Time will tell", James said. "We're dealing with a lot of racism, a lot of social injustice and a lot of police brutality, not only in my neighborhood and not only with Black people, but with all people of color".

"James, that Raptors coach Nick Nurse'd said was just like attempting to prevent a" freight train", knocked down back-to-back three-pointers first in the fourth, however Anunoby instantly responded with a set of bombs.

"We'll keep our foot on the gas as we've been doing over the past two months".

The tightly-controlled "bubble" setting in Orlando is created to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19 halting play once more.

Unlike in their Friday (Philippine Time) game against the Lakers, where they had a slow start, the Clippers blazed the Pelicans from the get-go with their hot shooting from long range en route to the blowout win.

Florida has emerged as one of the worst-hit COVID-19 hotspots in the United States, with cases and fatalities skyrocketing in recent weeks.

National Basketball Association officials, however, are confident that the decision to base teams inside a single secure location will allow them to play the remainder of the season in safety.

Players are required to undergo regular COVID-19 testing and the ability to enter and exit the secure zone is subject to stringent regulations. He also had four rebounds, three assists, and two blocks.

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