Bucks protest by not playing Game 5; other playoff games postponed

NBA players made their strongest statement yet against racial injustice Wednesday when the Milwaukee Bucks didn’t take the floor for their playoff game against the Orlando Magic.

Players across the league have been adamant that more needs to be done to effect social change after the recent police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. 

After the Bucks’ decision to not play, the NBA officially postponed the other two games scheduled for Wednesday — Thunder vs. Rockets and Blazers vs. Lakers.

“Some things are bigger than basketball,” Bucks senior vice president Alex Lasry tweeted Wednesday. “The stand taken today by the players and (the organization) shows that we’re fed up. Enough is enough. Change needs to happen. I’m incredibly proud of our guys and we stand 100% behind our players ready to assist and bring about real change.”

Magic players and referees were on the floor for the game but Milwaukee never took the floor. Eventually everyone else left and the arena staff soon took the balls, towels and tags that go on player chairs back inside.

According to Charania, the Bucks were in the locker room attempting to reach Wisconsin attorney general Josh Kaul.

Check back to NBA.com for more on this developing story.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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