The NBA announced Wednesday afternoon that all three postseason games scheduled for the evening have been postponed following the Milwaukee Bucks' decision not to take the court for their Game 5 contest against the Orlando Magic.
Bucks-Magic was expected to tip off at 4 p.m., followed by Rockets-Thunder at 6:30 p.m. and Lakers-Trail Blazers at 9 p.m. The NBA has announced all three games will be rescheduled.
The NBA and the NBPA today announced that in light of the Milwaukee Bucks' decision to not take the floor today for Game 5 against the Orlando Magic, today's three games – MIL-ORL, HOU-OKC and LAL-POR have been postponed. Game 5 of each series will be rescheduled.— NBA (@NBA) August 26, 2020
The Bucks decided not to take the floor Wednesday afternoon as a way to demand justice for Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man from Kenosha, Wisconsin, a city just 40 minutes north of Milwaukee. Video surfaced this weekend of Kenosha police officers firing seven gunshots into Blake's back, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Officers were attempting to arrest Blake over a domestic violence dispute.
Shortly after the Bucks' decision was made public, Thunder point guard and NBPA president Chris Paul was seen meeting with Rockets guard Russell Westbrook to discuss Wednesday's game. Minutes later, video showed players from both teams leaving the building, with both teams having no intention of playing Wednesday evening.
The decision for the day's final game, Lakers-Blazers, to be postponed came just minutes after that.
Since the NBA restarted its season in late July, the league has put a lot of effort into using its platform to demand social change. All three courts in the NBA bubble have 'Black Lives Matter' written in big letters in the center of the court. Players have also been given the option to wear social justice statements on the back of their jerseys.
Multiple players across the league, including Westbrook, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bradley Beal, DeMar Derozan, and Jaylen Brown, all participated in nationwide protests in June following the death of George Floyd.
However, after the video of Blake surfaced this weekend, the players realized that their current effort isn't enough, and have decided not to play until more change in society occurs.
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