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Bucks boycott Game 5 of NBA playoffs vs. Magic after Jacob Blake shooting

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The Milwaukee Bucks have boycotted Wednesday's Game 5 of their first round NBA playoff series against the Orlando Magic, according to multiple national outlets. 

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski was first to report the news. 

The Bucks' decision comes after Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, was shot from behind seven times by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The shooting took place in front of Blake's children as he was entering his car after a domestic dispute with the police. 

Kenosha is less than an hour away from Fiserv Forum, where the Bucks play their home games in Milwaukee.

NBA courts in the Orlando bubble are painted with "Black Lives Matter." Players are wearing words against police brutality, systemic racism and social injustice on the back of their jerseys, but they had to choose from a list provided by the league. This time, enough was enough. Bucks players and beyond know this is bigger than basketball. 

Bucks point guard George Hill talked with The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears after his team's decision, telling him "We’re tired of the killings and the injustice."

Hill also spoke strongly about the shooting of Blake on Monday, and questioned if players should have even come to the bubble to continue the season instead of continuing to protest injustices across the United States.

The Bucks never came on the floor Wednesday. The Magic first came out to warm up, but then left once they understood the situation. Many players have spoken out in support of the Bucks on social media regarding Milwaukee's decision. 

 

The NBA announced that all of Wednesday's playoff games have been postponed following the Bucks' decision.

There is no further news on when games will continue.