NBA Postpones Playoffs as Players Protest Jacob Blake Shooting

After the Milwaukee Bucks decided not to play their scheduled game tonight — Game 5 of the NBA's first-round playoff series — in a protest to the shooting of Jacob Blake, the league decided to postpone all three games scheduled for tonight. According to ESPN, the NBA said the games (Bucks v. Magic, Houston Rockets v. Oklahoma City Thunder, and Los Angeles Lakers v. Portland Trail Blazers) would be rescheduled.

"We're tired of the killings and the injustice," Bucks guard George Hill told ESPN's Marc Spears.

Orlando Magic v Milwaukee Bucks - Game Five

The Bucks play in Milwaukee, about 40 miles north of Kenosha, Wisconsin, where 29-year-old Blake, a Black man, was shot seven times by police on Sunday. Police shot Blake when attempted to enter his car and a video of the shooting was shared on social media.

"Today, we stand united with the NBA Office, the National Basketball Players Association, the Milwaukee Bucks and the rest of the league condemning bigotry, racial injustice and the unwarranted use of violence by police against people of color," the Orlando Magic and the DeVos family, the franchise owners, said in a statement.

Players from all over the league commended the Bucks's decision.

Alex Lasry, the Bucks's senior vice president, also supported the boycott.

ESPN also reports that MLB is also postponing scheduled games. The Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds won't play their game tonight.

The Brewers's Josh Hader told reporters that the Bucks's decision was "an enormous stand," ABC News reported.

"It's more than sports," Hader said. "This is a time where we need to really not stay quiet and [to] empower our voices."

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