An empty seat and bench will be cleared prior to the start of a scheduled game between the Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic for the fifth game of the first round of the Eastern Conference during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena in the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on Shown August 26th. 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
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All three NBA playoff games scheduled for Wednesday will be postponed as players protest Jacob Blake's shooting on August 23, the league said.
"The NBA and National Basketball Players Association announced today that, given Milwaukee Bucks' decision not to speak today for Game 5 against Orlando Magic, today's three games – Bucks vs. Magic, Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers – have been postponed. Game 5 of each series will be postponed, "the league said in a statement.
Blake, a black man, was shot at least seven times in the back by a white police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on August 23. The incident sparked protests in Kenosha all week. Blake is reportedly paralyzed from the waist down.
The protest began when Orlando Magic and Milwaukee Bucks players failed to take the field when their playoff game was due to start at 4:00 p.m. On Wednesday. The NBA announced it would postpone all games on Wednesday after reports that the other scheduled teams had planned to boycott their games as well.
Bucks SVP Alex Lasry tweeted his support for the players' protest:
After the Los Angeles Clippers Game 5 win against the Dallas Mavericks coach, Doc Rivers also spoke about the Blake shooting and the current state of racial relations in the US.
You can check out Rivers' comments here:
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