NBA boycott, live updates: Jacob Blake shootout leads to postponement of Bucks-Magic, Lakers-Blazers, OKC-Rockets

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The NBA has announced that Wednesday’s three playoff games will be postponed and postponed. The decision comes after the Milwaukee Bucks players missed the court for Game 5 of their first-round series against the Orlando Magic, which was scheduled to end at 4 p.m. ET. The protest comes in response to the shooting of an unarmed black man named Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday. Shortly after the Bucks made a statement by not playing, the Rockets and Thunder decided not to play today either, as did the Lakers and Trail Blazers.News of the Bucks’ exit has had a ripple effect on sports in the United States. Here’s a look at all the matches postponed in protest:

  • NBA: Magic vs Bucks (Match 5 – premier tour)
  • NBA: Thunder vs Rockets (Match 5 – premier tour)
  • NBA: Trail Blazers vs Lakers (Match 5 – premier tour)
  • MLB: Reds vs Brewers

Many NBA players and coaches have spoken with heavy hearts since Blake’s shooting, and earlier Wednesday the Toronto Raptors discussed the possibility of not making Game 1 of their second-round game against the Boston Celtics.

Coaches like Doc Rivers have made moving statements in response to Blake’s shooting, poignantly stating: “We continue to love this country and this country does not love us back.” Raptors guard Fred VanVleet told media on Tuesday that in order to effect change, players should “put in something to lose, rather than just money or visibility.” Sitting down to games certainly shows that players are fed up with not changing a thing about police brutality against black people in this country.

The players called for a meeting Wednesday night to determine next steps, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Follow below to keep up to date with what’s going on in the current situation.

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