“The Heat urges you to contact your state senators at 202-224-3121 to leave a message requesting their common sense support for gun laws in the silence while the crowd cheers to express their approval brought.
The first half of the game was well balanced before the Celtics broke away from the Heat in the third quarter to establish an unassailable lead and win 93-80. Jaylen Brown had the highest scoring for the Celtics with 25 points and Jayson Tatum added 22.
Boston now leads 3-2 in the series and is one win away from a first NBA Finals appearance in 12 years.
“Obviously everyone is offering their prayers and condolences to the families of these children,” Tatum told reporters, “but eventually it gets tedious going through the same process and the same result happens over and over again.”
“I’m a basketball player, I don’t have many answers,” he added, “but something needs to change in that regard because, of course, things like that still happen, unfortunately.”
Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra began his pre-game press conference by saying he was “devastated by the news.”
“It just keeps happening,” he said. “I know everyone is saying there has to be a call to action and I think that’s compelling people to just figure it out, myself included.
“We don’t have the answers, but we want to be heard, to force changes on people that can actually make the changes.”
Other sports leagues in the United States also expressed their shock and sadness and offered condolences to the families of the victims.
“Parents are afraid to send their kids to school, kids are afraid to go to school for their health and well-being, it’s just sad beyond measure,” said LA Dodgers manager Dave Roberts in Washington, DC , before his team’s game the National.
“It’s ironic that I’m sitting here in the nation’s capital where it raised the flagpole,” he continued.
“But it appears to be coming to a hard halt in the Senate. How there can be no bipartisan consensus on such an issue is very disheartening, very irresponsible on the part of our leaders. Something needs to be done and proactively addressed. .. when is enough, enough?”
Another bill passed by the House, HR1446, would fill a loophole allowing some licensed gun sales to take place before a required background check is completed.