“The Heat urges you to contact your state’s senators by calling 202-224-3121 to leave a message asking for their support for common sense gun laws. You can also make changes to the ballot boxes,” said a message from the PA announcer following the silence, while the crowd expressed their approval with applause.
The first half of the game was well prepared before the Celtics pulled away from the Heat in the third quarter to build an unassailable lead and win 93-80. Jaylen Brown scored for the Celtics with 25 points and Jayson Tatum added 22.
Boston now takes a 3-2 series lead and is just one win away from making its first NBA Finals appearance in 12 years.
“Obviously everyone is saying their prayers and condolences to the families of these children,” Tatum told reporters, “but at some point it gets tiring to go through the same process and the same result still happens. and even.
“I’m a basketball player, I don’t have many answers,” he added, “but something has to change in that regard because obviously things like that unfortunately continue to happen.”
Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, meanwhile, began his pregame press conference by saying he was “devastated by the news.”
“It keeps happening,” he said. “I know everyone says there has to be a call to action, and I think what that compels people to do is just understand it, myself included.
“We don’t have the answers, but we want to be heard so we can force change on the people who can actually make the change.”
“Sad beyond measure”
Other sports leagues in the United States also expressed their shock and sadness and offered their condolences to the families of the victims.
“To have parents who are afraid to send their children to school, children who are afraid to go to school for their health and well-being, is just sad beyond measure. “LA Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said in Washington, DC, before his team’s game against the Nationals.
“It’s ironic that I’m sitting here in the nation’s capital, where he was hoisted up the mast,” he continued.
“But it seems to come to a screeching halt in the Senate. How there can’t be bipartisan consensus on an issue like this is very disheartening, very irresponsible on the part of our leaders. Something has to be done and be proactive about this topic… When is enough, enough?”
Another bill HR1446 passed by the House would close a loophole that allows certain licensed firearm sales to occur before a required background check is completed.