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Seattle Storm game postponed as players continue protest following Jacob Blake shooting

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While WNBA players are committed to resuming the season in the league's bubble at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, it won’t be on Thursday.

After postponing games just 24 hours earlier in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisc., the league will also reschedule Thursday’s games as WNBA players continue discussions and reflect on the recent events, according to a statement from the WNBA. 

Among the games that will be postponed on Thursday include the pivotal matchup between the Seattle Storm and Las Vegas Aces. The Storm released a statement sharing why they would not be taking the court. 

Seattle shared another photo to its Twitter account with players locked in arms, donning shirts with the words “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor.”

The WNBA’s decision came after the Milwaukee Bucks declined to take the court in protest of Blake’s shooting in Wisconsin and police brutality in the United States. 

Blake, a Black man, was shot seven times by police on Sunday. While attempting to enter the driver’s side door of his vehicle, he was shot with his three children inside the car.

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It’s unclear when the WNBA season will resume, however, the league’s executive committee featuring Seattle's Sue Bird, along with New York's Layshia Clarendon, Atlanta's Elizabeth Williams, Indiana Fever forward Natalie Achonwa and WNBPA President and Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike, said teams will continue playing and will finish out the season. 

 

The Aces (11-3) recently surpassed the Storm (12-3) for the No. 1 spot in the Associated Press WNBA power poll Tuesday. Seattle dropped two-straight games last week, before bouncing back over the Indiana Fever on Tuesday with an 87-74 victory. Las Vegas has been nearly unstoppable, winning 10 of its last 11 games in August.