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Nets-Timberwolves game postponed as Minneapolis deals with new police killing

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The NBA has postponed tonight’s Nets-Timberwolves game as Minneapolis faces new tensions after the police killing of a 20-year-old black man in the suburban Brooklyn Center. The killing, which has already spurred widespread protest in the region, comes as the defense opens in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the police officer who kneeled on George Floyd’s neck and killed him last year.

The news was first reported by Shams Charania and Adrian Wojnarowski who also suggested the Nets would stay over in Minneapolis and play the T’Wolves on Tuesday if conditions improve. The Nets are already in the Twin Cities and planned to fly out post-game Monday to Philadelphia where they play the 76ers on Wednesday night.

Marc Stein later reported that there is still no agreement on whether the Nets will stay and play the game Tuesday adding conversations were still ongoing.

The NBA later confirmed the postponement and cited the “tragic events” overnight, adding its condolences to the Wright family. The league said it had taken the decision after consultations with the Timberwolves organization and local authorities. Major League Baseball had earlier postponed the Twins-Red Sox game.

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Hundreds of demonstrators poured into the streets of Brooklyn Center, Minn., on Sunday night after the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, during a traffic stop.

The shooting injected more frustration and anxiety into the Twin Cities region, where t where the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murdering George Floyd, is now in its third week.

Following the overnight protests, the chief of the Brooklyn Center PD told reporters that his officer shot Wright with her police-issued handgun but had meant to taser him instead, a claim that provoked even more protests.

More details as they are available.