Another protest action forced the game to be suspended in the NBA game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Minnesota Timberwolves. In the second trimester, a 19-year-old woman chained herself to one of the FedEx Forum basket structures in Memphis. Security forces broke the chain and took the woman out of the hall, after which she was arrested. The woman is said to belong to animal welfare organization Direct Action Everywhere, the organization tweeted on Saturday.
The protest was directed against Glen Taylor, who will own the Minnesota team until the end of the current season. The 80-year-old owns a farm in Iowa, where 5.3 million animals are said to have been killed recently because of bird flu. The woman’s T-shirt said “Glen Taylor Roasts Animals Alive.”
Just a few days ago, a protest disrupted a Timberwolves game. In the important play-in game against the Los Angeles Clippers last Tuesday, a woman stuck her hand on the basketball court. According to ESPN, she also belongs to the same animal welfare organization.
Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks got off to a false start in the playoffs without injured leader Luka Doncic. In game one of the “best of seven” series against the Utah Jazz, the Texans around Germany’s Maxi Kleber lost by 93:99 in their own hall. The prospects of surviving the first round of the play-offs for the first time since winning the title in 2010/11 are not improving. In an exciting game, the national player Kleber scored ten points.
Despite a strong fighting performance, the “Mavs” failed to replace exceptional player Doncic. The 23-year-old Slovenian suffered a calf injury just before the end of the regular season, and his return in the second game of the series on Monday, also in Dallas, is in doubt. The Mavericks’ top scorer was Jalen Brunson with 24 points. Utah’s dominant player was Donovan Mitchell, who scored 30 of his 32 points in the second half.
Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers and Minnesota Timberwolves also took the lead. The Warriors defeated the Denver Nuggets 123-107 on Stephen Curry’s return. Curry came off the bench after a foot injury and scored 16 points. Philadelphia beat the Toronto Raptors 131-111, Minnesota against the Memphis Grizzlies 130-117.