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China will not air two preseason NBA games scheduled in China this week on TV and the Internet after in Tokyo showing unwavering support for free speech and the growing rift between the league and China.

There is concern the two games between the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers will be cancelled, a person in China with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the sensitive situation.

In a lengthy statement, Silver tried to clarify the NBA’s stance, saying, “It is inevitable that people around the world – including

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