98.5 The Sports Hub staff report
The Milwaukee Bucks’ decision to boycott their Game 5 against the Orlando Magic due to the police shooting of Jacob Blake has prompted the NBA to postpone their Wednesday slate of games, the league confirmed in a statement.
And while the Blake shooting has prompted yet another round of nationwide protests against police brutality, it does have a personal touch for the Bucks, as the incident happened in Kenosha, Wisc., which is about 45 minutes from Milwaukee. The Bucks made their decision while the Magic were already on the floor for their pregame warmup (the Magic would not accept a forfeit win), and it was a decision made via team vote, with the backing of Bucks management.
In addition to Bucks-Magic, this decision from the league will also postpone Game 5 between the Rockets and Thunder, as well as Game 5 between the Blazers and Lakers. It’s a call that seems to have support from the best player in the NBA, too, with the Lakers’ LeBron James taking to Twitter to voice his displeasure with another police shooting.
This decision also comes after the Detroit Lions postponed Tuesday’s practice to protest Blake’s shooting, and after the Toronto Raptors reportedly considered sitting out the start of their second-round series with the Celtics as a protest.
The Bucks’ decision also inspired the Milwaukee Brewers to protest their game with the Cincinnati Reds, too, with word that the sides voted unanimously to not play tonight’s game as scheduled.
The NBA, meanwhile, says these postponed Game 5 contests will be rescheduled.
The Celtics and Raptors, meanwhile, are scheduled to begin their second-round series on Thursday.