ORLANDO, Fla. — The National Basketball Association and its Players’ Association announced on late afternoon Wednesday that no playoff games will be played for the remainder of the day following the Milwaukee Bucks’ decision to boycott Game 5 of their first-round matchup with the Orlando Magic.
That means that, in addition to the Bucks-Magic game being postponed, so too will the Houston Rockets’ and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Game 5 and the Los Angeles Lakers’ and the Portland Trailblazers’ Game 5, which were both set to tip-off tonight.
The association did announce that all three Game 5s will be rescheduled.
The Bucks’ decision to boycott their potentially series-clinching contest with Orlando comes as discussions continue amongst players about how they will respond following the shooting of Jacob Blake. Blake is a Black man who was shot in the back multiple times by police in Kenosha, Wisc. on Sunday, August 23 after, family members say, he broke up a fight that led to the apparent domestic incidence response by law enforcement.
Alex Lasry, the senior vice president for the Bucks, posted to Twitter about his team’s decision not to play, calling it “bigger than basketball.”
The Boston Celtics are set to begin the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Toronto Raptors Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. There has been no word yet on any potential change to that game’s status.
The Celtics did post to their social media page shortly before the news of Wednesday’s postponements was released. That post was a graphic with information for how people can contact law enforcement officials in Wisconsin, including the Kenosha DA and the state’s Department of Justice.
“We’re the ones getting killed,” current Los Angeles Clippers coach and former Celtics coach Doc Rivers said following the Clippers game Tuesday night. “We’re the ones getting shot. We’re the ones that, we’re denied to live in certain communities. We’ve been hung. We’ve been shot. And all you do is keep hearing about fear. It’s amazing why we keep loving this country and this country does not love us back. And it’s just, it’s really so sad.”
This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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