NBA grapples with D.C. turmoil: 'A sad reality'

7:52 PM ET

Tim BontempsESPN

As much of the country attempted to grapple with the scenes that emerged from Washington on Wednesday afternoon, as a mob of people who support President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol, much of the sports world was trying to figure out how to process the day’s events.

For the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics, that meant leaving the court together shortly before their game in Miami, with the two teams issuing a joint statement just prior to tipoff.

“2021 is a new year, but some things have not changed,” the statement read. “We play tonight’s game with a heavy heart after yesterday’s decision in Kenosha, and knowing that protesters in our nation’s capital are treated differently by political leaders depending on what side of certain issues they are on. The drastic difference between the way protesters this past spring and summer were treated and the encouragement given to today’s protestors who acted illegally just shows how much more work we have to do.

“We have decided to play tonight’s game to try to bring joy into people’s lives. But we must not forget the injustices in our society, and we

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