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Bucks boycott Game 5 of series vs. Magic in wake of Jacob Blake shooting

Referees stand on an empty court before the start 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)

The Milwaukee Bucks have decided to boycott Game 5 of their first-round series against the Orlando Magic.

The Bucks did not take to the court for pregame warmups Wednesday afternoon, and as the 4 p.m. ET tip-off approached they remained inside the team’s locker room. Members of the Magic who were warming up then left the court a few minutes prior to the scheduled game time.

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According to NBA insider Shams Charania, the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder will also boycott their game Wednesday. The two clubs were scheduled to hit the court for Game 5 of their series at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Bucks guard George Hill told The Undefeated‘s Marc J. Spears that the Bucks will not play Wednesday, in light of the recent shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Kenosha, Wisc.

“We’re tired of the killings and the injustice,” Hill told Spears.

According to Charania, Milwaukee players remain in the locker room and are currently attempting to reach Wisconsin attorney general of Wisconsin Josh Kaul.