The Rockets will boycott tonight’s Game 5 alongside the Thunder, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Decision made. Thunder and Rockets are boycotting Game 5, sources said. https://t.co/SCNAjsQYea— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 26, 2020
The decision comes following the Bucks’ refusal to take the court Wednesday afternoon in their playoff game versus the Magic.
The NBA boycotts stemmed from a shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin Sunday evening that resulted in the paralyzation of 29-year-old Jacob Blake.
These boycotts represent the latest action in a series of stands against social injustice and police brutality made by the NBA’s players.
Several NBA players expressed doubts earlier in the summer to play in the bubble as it would serve as a distraction towards police brutality in America. The NBA players are now looking to not be a distraction but rather a voice to the cause.
With tonight’s boycott, there is uncertainty revolving the entire rest of the series and NBA Playoffs. As with many things in 2020, situations are unprecedented and fluid.
UPDATE, 3:52 PM CT: Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook met for 10 minutes in the locker room and are preparing to leave the arena.
Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul met in a room. The meeting lasted for about 10 minutes. You can see Russell Westbrook and Steven Adams leave the arena. #Rockets pic.twitter.com/yTiJKOKCI7— Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) August 26, 2020
UPDATE: 4:04 PM CT: The Rockets will return to the hotel.
The #Rockets have left the arena and returned to the bus.— Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) August 26, 2020
UPDATE: 4:05 PM CT: The NBA announces the postponement of all three playoff games today. The games will be rescheduled.
It’s official. All NBA Playoff games will not be played today. pic.twitter.com/jwJ0mknP5N— Cayleigh Griffin (@cayleighgriffin) August 26, 2020
UPDATE, 10:55 AM CT: The NBA has opted to resume the playoffs, possibly this weekend, with the return coming as early as Friday.
The NBA's players have decided to resume the playoffs, source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 27, 2020
The Dream Shake will update this story as it develops.