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According to a veteran player, the NBA season “is in danger” after player protests over police fire on Jacob Blake forced the postponement of three playoff games Wednesday night.
ESPN Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted the player’s response to the Milwaukee Bucks’ decision to boycott Game 5 of their series against the Orlando Magic in protest of the Jacob Blake shooting by police in Wisconsin.
The Bucks, who are the top seed in the Eastern Conference and hold a 3-1 lead over the Magic, took to the field for pre-game warm-ups but stayed in the locker room when they were due to return. Milwaukee is located in the state of Wisconsin, just 40 miles from Kenosha, where the Blake shooting took place.
The Bucks’ game with the Magic was scheduled to end at 4 p.m. local time (9 p.m. BST) in Orlando. Two more games were scheduled for Wednesday, with the Oklahoma Thunder and the Houston Rockets set to play at 6:30 p.m. ET (11:30 p.m. BST) with their series tied 2-2, while the Los Angeles Lakers hold a 3-1 lead. on the Portland Trail Blazers entering their fifth game scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET (2:30 a.m. BST).
About an hour after the start of the Bucks-Magic game, with widespread reports that the final games were also boycotted by players, the NBA released a statement announcing its decision to postpone all three games.
“The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association announced today that in light of the Milwaukee Bucks’ decision not to speak today for Game 5 against the Orlando Magic, all three of today’s games hui – Bucks vs Magic, Houston Rockets vs Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers vs Portland Trail Blazers – have been postponed. The fifth game of each series will be postponed, ”the statement read.