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All NBA games postponed as teams follow Bucks boycott in protest over Jacob Blake shooting

The NBA decision was taken after several teams refused to participate in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake, with Milwaukee Bucks being the first to take a stand.

The NBA has postponed all playoff games on Wednesday night after several teams’ decided not to not participate in protest over the police shooting of black man, Jacob Blake, in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday.

“The NBA and the NBPA today announced that in light of the Milwaukee Bucks’ decision to not take the floor today for Game 5 against the Orlando Magic, today’s three games - MIL-ORL, HOU-OKC and LAL-POR have been postponed,” the NBA tweeted. “Game 5 of each series will be rescheduled.”

Following their arrival at the AdventHealth Arena, the Bucks did not enter the court before the 4pm start time. NBA officials entered the Bucks dressing rooms before news broke of the team’s boycott decision. Orlando Magic subsequently left the court with four minutes to game time after having learned that their opponents would not play the match.

“Myself and our players and our organization are very disturbed by what's happening in Kenosha," Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer said on Wednesday.

"It's a great challenge to have an appreciation and a desire for change and something different and better in Kenosha and Milwaukee and Wisconsin and then go out and play a game."

"We're tired of the killings and the injustice," Bucks guard George Hill told The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears.

Support for Milwaukee Bucks decision

Bucks vice-president conveyed his support for the player’s decision in a tweet, saying: “Some things are bigger than basketball. The stand taken today by the players and org 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.”

LA Lakers legend LeBron James also backed his Milwaukee colleague’s decision. “F--- THIS MAN!!!! WE DEMAND CHANGE. SICK OF IT,” tweeted the 35-year-old.