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Tonight at the Barclays Center: a protest, then a playoff game (and maybe an intersection?)

Today, the one-year anniversary of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police, widely believed--and subsequently confirmed at trial--to be a murder, there will be several protests around the city, with a "March for Safety & Justice" scheduled for 5 pm at the Barclays Center.

That is one-half hour before the doors open at 5:30 pm--two hours before game time--for the Brooklyn Nets' second playoff game against the Boston Celtics. The first game, which the Nets won handily, drew a significant crowd, 14,391, thanks to the state's relaxed protocols. 

That, combined with the typically truncated (by fencing) arrangement on the plaza for both protests and game crowds, suggests potential congestion.


The Nets' Jeff Green told the Daily News there may be an act of solidarity by players. 

"We haven’t talked to Boston as far as what they’re trying to do,” he said. “But we’ve had a lot of conversation within the last couple hours just at practice about what we’re trying to do and how we’re going to show respect to George Floyd.”

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