NBA playoffs: Live updates as Bucks boycott Game 5 in protest; Rockets, Thunder to do the same, per reports


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    Just minutes before Game 5 was going to tip, the Milwaukee Bucks players made it known that they wanted to boycott the game as a statement in response to the shooting of an unarmed black man named Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday. While the Orlando Magic were warming up on the floor, the Bucks players were in the locker room, as it was being reported that they did not want to play Game 5 of this series. 

    Shortly after, the Magic left the floor and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Bucks have officially decided to boycott Game 5. The league still has to make an official ruling on if the game is indeed postponed or not, but as of right now, the game will not be played Wednesday. The Rockets and Thunder will also boycott their Game 5 as well, per Shams Charania of The Athletic. The Lakers and Trail Blazers are expected to follow suit as well, according to Yahoo’s Chris Haynes. Follow along below as we keep you updated with what is going on with the current situation.

    All of today’s games have been postponed, but an official announcement from the league has not been made yet.…

    Players and coaches are not expected to speak with the media. The NBA will be making a statement soon on teams boycotting games today.…

    Neither players nor coaches are talking and the #NBA is expected to release a statement soon. The Orlando #Magic have already left the arena.

    In addition to the Bucks boycotting game 5, the OKC Thunder and Houston Rockets are also planning on boycotting Game 5, which was supposed to take place after the Bucks game today.…

    The Bucks are putting pressure on Wisconsin officials to demand justice for Jacob Blake, who was shot seven times in the back on Sunday by Kenosha police.…

    Bucks players are in locker room attempting to reach the attorney general of Wisconsin, Josh Kaul, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Magic players are leaving the arena soon — not accepting the Bucks‘ forfeit.

    Bucks players likely won’t comment on their current boycott of Game 5 of this series, per Milwaukee GM…

    Bucks general manager Jon Horst has come out to address reporters and has let us know that players plan to remain in the locker room for a while and likely will not comment when they do.

    George Hill has walked out of the locker room in a shirt that says “Change the Narrative.”

    Bucks point guard George Hill says that he is not playing if a game happens today.…

    Bucks guard George Hill says to @TheUndefeated his team is not playing against Orlando tonight in light of shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisc. “We’re tired of the killings and the injustice,” Hill to @TheUndefeated.

    The Bucks players made this decision in the wake of the Jacob Blake shooting in Wisconsin, ultimately deciding that they wouldn’t leave the locker room for the start of Game 5 against Orlando.

    The scene outside the Bucks locker room right now: league public relations staffers, ball boys and team/league security are standing off to the side. Several high ranking league officials are having conversations in the hallways outside of the locker room.

    The Milwaukee Bucks are one the verge of staging a historic boycott of a basketball game, due to the police shooting of Jacob Blake, sources tell ⁦@ShamsCharania⁩ and I. I’m on the scene and will update this developing story ⁦@TheAthleticNBA⁩

    Still no new updates on if the Bucks and Magic are going to tip off. To recap, the Bucks never took the floor to warm up for this game. Reports have surfaced that the Bucks players are seriously considering sitting out Game 5 in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake, and unarmed black man, by the hands of the Kenosha police on Sunday.

    The Bucks-Magic game was supposed to tip right now. Instead, both teams are now in their locker rooms with league reps outside the Bucks locker room.…

    Top NBA executives are outside of the Milwaukee locker room, but haven’t gone inside, per source.

    The players have expressed that they DO NOT want to play today, we’ll see if that actually happens.…

    Milwaukee and NBA personnel are standing outside of Bucks‘ locker room — where players have been adamant about sitting Game 5 in protest, sources tell me and @joevardon.

    The Milwaukee Bucks players are in serious conversations about sitting Game 5 of series against Orlando, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.

    Not sure if this means much, but with teams currently discussing the possibility of boycotting games in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the Bucks may be trying to send a message here.…

    The first horn has sounded here at the arena and the Milwaukee Bucks are not yet out on the floor. They are still in the locker room. Their opponent, the Orlando Magic, is on the court and has been for some time

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    « It is a great challenge to have an appreciation and a desire to want change. To want something different and better in Kenosha, Milwaukee and Wisconsin and then to go out and play a game. »

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