Matches called off fol­low­ing po­lice shoot­ing

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The Mil­wau­kee Bucks boy­cotted last night’s NBA play­off game against the Or­lando Magic in an ap­par­ent protest against racial in­jus­tice fol­low­ing the po­lice shoot­ing of Ja­cob Blake last week.

Lead­ing 3-1 and need­ing just one more win to move into the Eastern Con­fer­ence semi-fi­nals, the Bucks did not emerge from their locker room for prac­tice ahead of game five. Bucks se­nior vice pres­i­dent Alex Lasry said: “Some things are big­ger than bas­ket­ball. The stand taken to­day by the play­ers shows that we’re fed up. Enough is enough. Change needs to hap­pen. I’m in­cred­i­bly proud of our guys and we stand 100 per cent be­hind our play­ers ready to as­sist and bring about real change.”

Blake was shot on Sun­day in Kenosha, Wis­con­sin – 40 miles from Mil­wau­kee – ap­par­ently in the back, ig­nit­ing new protests over racial in­jus­tice in sev­eral cities’

In light of Mil­wau­kee’s stance, last night’s other matches be­tween the Bucks and the Magic, as well as LA Lak­ers-Port­land Trail Blaz­ers and Hous­ton Rock­ets-Ok­la­homa City Thun­der, were also shelved.

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