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Report: Thursday NBA playoff games unlikely to take place

As a result of the shooting of Jacob Blake, NBA teams in the playoffs have decided to stop participating in protest as players appear ready to go on strike.

Referees huddle on an empty court at game time of a scheduled game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Orlando Magic for Game Five of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 26, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

UPDATE: 11:06 p.m. — The three NBA playoff games scheduled for Thursday are unlikely to take place, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

UPDATE: 10:39 p.m. — The Lakers and Clippers voted to boycott the rest of the season. Most other teams voted to continue, per Shams Charania.

More details are saying that the Lakers and Clippers have both left the meeting Wednesday night. Miami Heat F Udonis Haslem stated how the season can’t continue without both the Clippers and Lakers.

Here’s some more clarity on the Lakers and Clippers vote from Woj.

UPDATE: 9:04 p.m. — The meeting between players is currently going on and Woj has some details.

There is also a Board of Governors meeting going down on Thursday morning with three games still scheduled. At this point it’s unclear if those games will be played.

UPDATE: 6:07 p.m. — A veteran player told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that ‘the season is in jeopardy’ as the NBA and players will meet later to decide the fate of the season.

UPDATE 5:12 p.m.: The NBA players are meeting Wednesday evening in Orlando to figure out next steps following the postponement of Wednesday’s games. The league and union agreed to reschedule the games, but there is no word on what will follow.

UPDATE 5:07 p.m.: The NBA has confirmed all three Wednesday playoff games have been postponed.

The 2020 NBA Playoffs have been temporarily postponed due to boycotts throughout the League in the aftermath of the Jacob Blake shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin. No games will be played on Wednesday, August 26th as a result of the protests, CNN reported.

The Milwaukee Bucks decided Wednesday to not take the court for Game 5 of their first-round series against the Orlando Magic in protest. Since then, more teams and players have decided to protest as well, thus halting the playoffs. All games on Wednesday were postponed and now it looks like the playoffs will be delayed. The Rockets-Thunder players had reportedly decided to protest as well before the CNN report dropped. Lakers-Blazers was also headed in that direction.

It’s unclear at this point when the playoffs will resume and how the NBA will deal with this. The Bucks were working to get on the phone with Milwaukee Attorney General Josh Kaul in the locker room after deciding not to take the court. We can only assume nobody is going to play any basketball until something major is done to solve the issues of social injustice and police brutality in the country.

There has been an outpour of support from the community behind the protests that have sparked the stop of the postseason. The Boston Celtics twitter account tweeted a way everyone can help the family of Jacob Blake.

Los Angeles Lakers All-Star LeBron James was probably the most upset of all the players reacting to the news. Here’s what King James had to say on Twitter.