An empty court and bench are shown ahead of the start of a scheduled game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Orlando Magic for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round in the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide Complex World Of Sports August 26. 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.Kevin C. Cox | Getty Images Sport | Getty Images
All three NBA playoff games scheduled for Wednesday will be postponed as players protest Jacob Blake’s Aug. 23 shooting, the league said.“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. Game five in each series will be postponed, ”the league said in a statement.
Blake, a black man, was shot in the back at least seven times by a white policeman in Kenosha, Wisconsin on August 23. The incident sparked protests in Kenosha throughout the week. Blake would be paralyzed from waist to toe.
The NBA protest began when the Orlando Magic and Milwaukee Bucks players did not take the court as their playoff game was due to start at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. The NBA said it will postpone all games on Wednesday following reports that other teams scheduled to play are also planning to boycott their games.
Bucks SVP Alex Lasry tweeted his support for the players’ protest:
Following the Los Angeles Clippers Game 5’s victory over the Dallas Mavericks coach, Doc Rivers also spoke about the Blake shoot and the current state of race relations in the United States.
You can watch Rivers’ comments here:
This story is topical. Please come back for updates.