LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA playoffs will resume Saturday after the league and the National Basketball Players Association detailed the commitments that made players comfortable continuing.
When play does resume, the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers will meet tonight at 8 p.m. for Game 6 of their best-of-seven playoff series. The Clippers lead the series three games to two.
Play stopped Wednesday when the Milwaukee Bucks didn’t take the court for their playoff game against Orlando, showing their frustration with the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin and acts of racial injustice.Games were postponed the last two days before a meeting between owners and players Thursday in which an agreement to resume was reached.
The Clippers went 49-23, and finished second in the Western Conference during the regular season. Dallas went 43-32, seventh in the conference during the season.
The Clippers Game 5, 154-111. Paul George scored 35 points to lead Los Angeles to the victory and Luka Doncic scored 22 points in the loss for Dallas. The Mavericks are 27-20 in conference matchups. Dallas is 2-11 in one-possession games.
The Clippers are 32-16 against Western Conference opponents. Los Angeles is 27-10 against opponents under .500.
Tim Hardaway Jr. leads the Mavericks averaging 2.9 made 3-pointers, and is scoring 15.8 points per game while shooting 39.8% from beyond the arc. Seth Curry is averaging 10.2 points and 1.2 rebounds while shooting 41.4% over the last 10 games for Dallas.
Lou Williams leads the Clippers averaging 5.6 assists while scoring 18.2 points per game. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 25.8 points, six rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.6 steals over the last 10 games for Los Angeles.
The Mavericks are 4-6 in the last 10 games, averaging 120.7 points, 42.2 rebounds, 24.4 assists, 5.6 steals and 3.7 blocks per game while shooting 48.0 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 128.3 points on 50.4 percent shooting. In their last 10 games, the Clippers are 7-3, averaging 124.8 points, 45.6 rebounds, 22.6 assists, 7.2 steals and 2.8 blocks per game while shooting 49.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 117.6 points on 47.5 percent shooting.