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BREAKING NEWS: Blazers-Lakers boycott Game 5 in wake of Jacob Blake shooting

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The Trail Blazers and Lakers are boycotting Game 5 Wednesday night, joining the Bucks-Magic and Rockets-Thunder in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake by a white police officer in Wisconsin over the weekend. 

The scene in the NBA unfolded rapidly Wednesday afternoon after the Milwaukee Bucks decided to boycott Game 5.

The game was originally scheduled to tip off at 1:00 p.m. PT, but the Bucks never emerged from their locker room ahead of Game 5 as the Magic warmed up, and as the clock counted down to tipoff. Orlando’s team walked off the floor and returned to their locker room, as well.

Here's how it unfolded on Fox Sports Wisconsin. 

Game balls were also seen being put away, per ESPN's Malika Andrews. 

Shams Charania also reported Bucks players were inside the locker room attempting to reach the attorney general of Wisconsin, Josh Kaul.

Soon after, the Rockets and Thunder announced their intent to join in the boycott. 

The Trail Blazers and Lakers followed suit shortly after, as well. 

This move certainly caught an NBA official off-guard, too. 

So, what's next? 

Jacob Blake is a 29-year-old Black man who was shot several times in the back in Kenosha, Wisconsin this weekend, provoking a national outcry. Blake was allegedly walking away from police officers and attempting to get in the car when he was shot seven times in the back while his three children watched from inside the car. 

Blake's attorney, Ben Crump, said his client is paralyzed and it would "take a miracle" for him to walk again.

 

During pregame, Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said his players and the organization were very saddened by what’s happened to Blake in Kenosha, 35 miles from their home arena in Milwaukee.

Earlier this week, Bucks guard George Hill shared his frustrations following Blake’s shooting. He said Monday that NBA players “shouldn’t have even came to this damn place, to be honest” because playing in the bubble “took all the focal points off what the issues are.” 

Other players to speak out following Blake’s shooting included Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum and Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James. 

“At the end of the day, life is much bigger than the game of basketball. I’d be remiss if I didn’t talk about Jacob Blake today. Our prayers up to his family and just some of the things that we’ve been going through as minorities in America – it has to stop,” McCollum said.

James added, “Having the emotions of what’s going on of what happened outside of Milwaukee to… Jacob Blake. It’s what we’ve been talking about and it’s what we’re going to continue to talk about. Having two boys of my own and me being African American in America and to see what continues to happen with the police brutality towards my kind, continue to see what goes on with just the in-just -- it’s very troubling.”

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This story is developing.