NBA players in action Tuesday night, including John Wall and Kevin Durant, were set to sit out their respective games if NBA commissioner Adam Silver had not punished Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling with a lifetime ban and force of sale.
That's according to TNT reporter David Aldridge, who covered Game 5 between the Golden State Warriors and Clippers on Tuesday. Aldridge said Silver's actions "are the reason why this game is being played at all."
"In addition," Aldridge continued," they thought they had commitments from the other four teams [playing on Tuesday]. They thought they had commitments from the likes of Kevin Durant and John Wall not to play tonight. This was a league-wide thing. This has cut every player who plays in this game."
Obviously all games, including Washington's series-clinching win over the Chicago Bulls, took place. Wall showed no signs of distraction, leading the Wizards with 24 points while adding seven rebounds and four assists.
The Wizards next practice on Thursday as they await their second-round opponent.