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New York Liberty lock arms, Phoenix Mercury players kneel during national anthem

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WNBA players have been peacefully protesting all season.

New York Liberty guard Brittany Boyd bowed her head while sitting on the bench during the national anthem as the rest of her team locked arms before their first playoff game against the Phoenix Mercury at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. Mercury players Mistie Bass and Kelsey Bone kneeled.

Boyd took to Instagram to commend 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s stand last week.

In the first round of the playoffs, the entire Indiana Fever team kneeled while locking arms during the anthem prior on Wednesday. Bone and Bass again joined the Fever by kneeling at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Though ESPN News didn’t air the Fever’s protest live, it was shown at the end of the first quarter accompanied by words of praise from their coach Stephanie White.

"I’m proud of y’all for doing that together, leading that together, that’s big" said White. "It’s bigger than basketball, right. So let’s use that energy and use that togetherness on the floor."

The Fever, Mercury and Liberty were three of four teams fined in July for wearing black T-shirts against league uniform policy in warm-ups. The shirts were worn to promote peace after two black men — Philando Castile and Alton Sterling — were shot and killed by police, and five Dallas officers were slain. The fines were eventually dropped by the league.

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"We’re still advocating for it. We’re still advocating for Black Lives Matter," Liberty forward Tina Charles told SB Nation before the fines were levied. "Wearing a standard Adidas shirt, knowing that the WNBA is sponsored by Adidas. We’re still advocating for it and just more of a change in the system of what’s going on right now."

Following a game against between the Fever and Liberty in July, the team’s "blacked out the media," only opening up the locker room to talk about issues in society.

Bone and Bass, the Mercury players who kneeled, were also active on social media during the time their teams were fined for wearing T-shirts.