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Referees huddle on an empty court at game time of a scheduled game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Orlando Magic for Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL (KPTV/AP) — NBA players made their strongest statement yet against racial injustice Wednesday when the Milwaukee Bucks didn't take the floor for their playoff game against the Orlando Magic.

The teams were set to begin Game 5 of their series shortly after 4 p.m., with the Bucks needing a win to advance to the second round.

Players had been discussing boycotting games in the bubble after the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. More discussions were expected Wednesday, but even before that the Bucks apparently decided they would act.

“Some things are bigger than basketball," Bucks senior vice president Alex Lasry tweeted Wednesday. “The stand taken today by the players and (the organization) shows that we’re fed up. Enough is enough. Change needs to happen. I’m incredibly proud of our guys and we stand 100% behind our players ready to assist and bring about real change."

Later, the NBA announced that all of Wednesday’s games would be postponed. That includes the Blazers vs. Lakers, with Portland trailing 3-1 in the series.

The league said Game 5 for the Bucks vs. Magic, Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, and Blazers vs. Lakers would be rescheduled, but a date for those games was not immediately announced.

Magic player and referees were on the floor for the first game, but Milwaukee never took the floor. Eventually everyone else left and the arena staff soon took the balls, towels and tags that go on player chairs back inside.

Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation contributed to this report. All rights reserved.

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(16) comments

Eliza Cassan

they should donate their salaries for the game, or the entire playoffs, if they really cared. most of the players make more than $100,000 per game.

Frederick Fukov

NBA = No Basketball Anymore or NBA 'Nother Bad Attitude..

The only reason I was watching "the bubble," is because the 'zers were putting forth a heroic effort night after night, just to get a shot at the Lakers, and then they beat 'em the first game in another thriller.

That was the only thing that kept my interest. I don't watch any other NBA games, and I can't stand LeBron James. Dude might be THE most ignorant professional athlete of all time.

Adam Silver is a wimp of monumental proportions. I didn't care for David Stern, but Silver makes Stern look like Thor.

Players don't wanna play? Fine..won't break my heart. I can go play golf, where it's just me..the ball and 150 acres of green grass and trees. No facebook..no twitter, no politics, and no spoiled millionaire athletes who think their opinions actually matter.

Yossarian

I don't care if ya never come back. Bye.

Ranger

Really? Is there anyone who really cares? Only hurting themselves.

ItsPolitical

The NBA, NFL and the MLB are dead. We watched to forget about what's going on in the world and be entertained - not be REMINDED of it all. Athletes are paid to play, not protest, preach or share their opinions. If they can't, then get OFF the court or field!

pb sir

How nice... now we all get to watch of bunch of whiny millionaires refuse to go to work. Wonder what would happen if I called my boss and refused to come in because I was "protesting" the shooting of a guy in Wisconsin? I'm fairly certain that I know how that would turn out...

Bahlsach

Boycotting what a splendid idea

ItsPolitical

[beam]

RIP PDX

Bwahahahaha. That will show people. Excuse me while a cut off my nose due to the spitefulness of my face

ItsPolitical

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commentor

The Blazers were going to lose anyway.

PDX2MtHood

Dont watch the NBA

ItsPolitical

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Woogie

Seems like the NBA players are trying incredibly hard to sink their own ship and apparently they don't even know it. Their ratings were in the toilet already because of their "woke" shenanigans. Now this? Maybe, just maybe, they don't like making millions of $$$ a year from fans. I'm sure I don't know

RIP PDX

Don't worry, they will blame racism once the NBA collapses

ItsPolitical

You get woke, you go broke!

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