2020 NBA Playoffs: A minute by minute breakdown of how the NBA got to this point


One of the strongest statements yet in the fight against racial injustice was made on before the Bucks vs. Magic game.

The players on the Milwaukee Bucks decided to boycott and sit in their locker room for their playoff game against the Orlando Magic over the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Kenosha is about 40 miles south of Milwaukee, so one can only imagine how hard this hit for a lot of the players.

The Bucks locked themselves in their locker room, which sparked a league-wide stoppage of all playoff games in the NBA, which continued Thursday.

As reported by Shams Charania Thursday morning, the NBA is reportedly resuming play Friday in an effort to keep the playoffs going.

Wednesday was a historic day in the world of sports, and a lot went down-- and it went down very quickly.

Here's a play-by-play of everything that happened, and where we everything stands now.

The Beginning:

The Bucks vs. Magic game was originally scheduled to tip-off at 4 p.m. ET, but the Bucks remained in the locker room with the start approaching.

The Magic had been warming up but decided to leave the court as well.

As time went on, the Bucks made their official statement that they are boycotting Game 5. The first domino falls.

Alex Lasry, the team's vice president of strategic marketing and business operations, indicated the organization will support the players' decision:

The Magic issued a statement of support, showing support for Wednesday's decision:


With the decision of those two teams made, the other NBA games that were supposed to play canceled their games as well.

All games officially took a stand and boycotted the rest of the day.

Hours later, the Bucks players come out of their locker room and officially make a statement.

Players from all over the NBA voiced their anger about wanting more change in the world, as well as showing support for the Bucks starting the movement.

As the day went on, conversations began to circulate about whether or not the NBA season will continue or be cancelled.

The Board of Governors set a meeting.

As Wednesday night was coming to a close, NBA players decided to reconvene in the morning-- sleep on it and see where everyone was at on Thursday. 

Thursday morning, conversations continued on how and if the NBA would restart.

As of the publishing of this article, it appears the NBA will resume play resume play Friday, but the expected return is this weekend.

The three NBA games that we supposed to be played today will be postponed, as well.

As the league and players come to an agreement on the return to play, a meeting with NBA owners and players is set to discuss ways to push forward more social justice issues and to not stay silent on those matters.

Things may appear to be heading back to normal, but NBA players have shown they are going to do everything they can to keep the conversation going on racial injustice in America.

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