Blake, a black man who was shot seven times in the back by police on Sunday, is recovering in hospital and is conscious, his family said.
But he is paralyzed from the waist down and his lawyers have said it would take “a miracle” for him to walk again.
The Bucks, who are the top seed in the Eastern Conference and hold a 3-1 lead over the Magic, took to the field for pre-game warm-ups but stayed in the locker room when they were due to return. Milwaukee is in the state of Wisconsin, just 40 miles from Kenosha, where the shooting took place.
The Bucks’ game with the Magic was scheduled to end at 4 p.m. local time (9 p.m. BST) in Orlando. Two more games were scheduled for Wednesday, with the Oklahoma Thunder and the Houston Rockets set to play at 6:30 p.m. ET (11:30 p.m. BST) with their series tied 2-2, while the Los Angeles Lakers hold a 3-1 lead. on the Portland Trail Blazers entering their fifth game scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET (2:30 a.m. BST).
About an hour after the start of the Bucks-Magic game, with widespread reports that the final games would also be boycotted by players, the NBA released a statement announcing its decision to postpone all three games.
“The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association announced today that in light of the Milwaukee Bucks’ decision not to speak today for Game 5 against the Orlando Magic, all three of today’s games hui – Bucks vs Magic, Houston Rockets vs Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers vs Portland Trail Blazers – have been postponed. The fifth game of each series will be postponed, ”the statement said.
NBA players are expected to hold a meeting in Orlando on Wednesday night to determine how they will proceed after the postponements, ESPN Adrian Wojnarowski reported.
In the Western Conference, Game 6 of the Denver Nuggets-Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers-Dallas Mavericks series remains on Thursday, as well as the opening game of the Boston Celtics-Toronto Raptors Eastern Conference second round game.
Bucks senior vice president Alex Lasry confirmed his team’s decision to boycott with a social media post.
“Some things are more important than basketball,” Lasry wrote on Twitter. “The position taken today by the players and the organization shows that we are fed up. Enough is enough. Change must happen.
“I’m incredibly proud of our guys and we are 100% behind our players ready to help and make a real change. ”
The Orlando Magic, who reportedly refused to accept a Bucks package, issued a statement in support of their playoff opponents.
“Today we are united with the NBA bureau, the National Basketball Players Association, the Milwaukee Bucks and the rest of the league in condemning bigotry, racial injustice and the unwarranted use of violence by police against people of color, ”the Magic statement said.
The National Association of Basketball Referees (NBRA) also released a statement supporting the players.
“The NBRA is in solidarity with the decision of our players to boycott tonight’s games in protest against the continued unjustified murder of black men and women by law enforcement,” the statement said. “There are bigger issues in our country than basketball and we hope that will inspire change. “
James: We demand change
NBA players have been demonstrating since the season resumed in an Orlando bubble, in solidarity with the global action following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May.
Players wore Black Lives Matter shirts during warm-ups, knelt while playing the US National Anthem before games, and wore social justice messages on the back of their jerseys during games.
WE CALL FOR CHANGE! HELLO @Bucks ✊🏾🙏🏾🗣
– Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) 26 août 2020
Several NBA players, including Lakers ‘LeBron James, have taken to social media to apparently support the Bucks’ decision to boycott the game.
James wrote on Twitter: “WE CALL FOR CHANGE. IN SICK. ”
Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell and Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, who starred in a series between their sides in the bubble, also backed the Bucks.