2020 NBA Playoffs

NBA games postponed as players demand change

> Latest news from Aug. 27

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The Milwaukee Bucks did not take the floor before the start of Game 5 against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday, an action they later stated was due to the police shooting of Jacob Blake, subsequent civilian shootings of protestors and the lack of legal response to those and other national occurrences of social injustice that preceded them.

“Despite the overwhelming plea for change, there has been no action,” Bucks guard Sterling Brown read from the players’ statement, “so our focus today cannot be on basketball.”

The Bucks franchise issued a statement supporting the players’ course of action.

After the decision on that game, shortly thereafter reports circulated that the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder would also be protesting Game 5 of their series, which was scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET.

Then came official word from the NBA on Wednesday afternoon that all three games scheduled for Aug. 26 — Bucks vs. Magic, Rockets vs. Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers — were postponed. Each of those Game 5s will be rescheduled, per the NBA.

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

Here’s the latest news in this developing situation as well as reaction from some folks around the NBA: