From the Orlando Sentinel: Bucks boycott Magic game; all NBA playoff games now canceled (UPDATED)
The Milwaukee Bucks refused to play the Orlando Magic, protesting the shooting of Jacob Blake and sparking a boycott of all NBA playoff games Wednesday.
After weeks devoted to protesting police violence and racial injustice inside the NBA bubble at ESPN Wide World of Sports, the games came to a halt.
Game 5 of the best-of-seven playoff series between the Magic and Bucks was called off after Milwaukee players stunned NBA officials by declining to leave their locker room.
After the Thunder, Rockets, Lakers and Trail Blazers also decided to boycott their respective games, the NBA formally postponed the three Game 5 matchups that were set to be played Wednesday at ESPN Wide World of Sports. The games will be rescheduled, the league said in a statement.
EDIT: The Headline has since been edited. It now reads “Bucks boycott Magic game; all NBA playoff games on Wednesday postponed”
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After a tense day that ended with players and coaches meeting Wednesday night in a hotel ballroom, it’s unclear when exactly the playoffs will resume, if at all.
The nearly three-hour meeting was characterized as “emotional” as players and coaches tried to determine what steps to take next. Every team voiced support to continue with the playoffs, with the exception of the Lakers and the Clippers. Their preference, at this point, is to stop playing, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Another players’ meeting has been set for 11 a.m. Thursday to further discuss moving forward, although the three scheduled playoff games set for Thursday are unlikely to be played, Wojnarowski reported.