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The boycott follows the Bucks’ boycott.

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Houston Rockets Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Rockets will boycott tonight’s Game 5 alongside the Thunder, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

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.

UPDATE: 4:04 PM CT: The Rockets will return to the hotel.

UPDATE: 4:05 PM CT: The NBA announces the postponement of all three playoff games today. The games will be rescheduled.

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 Dream Shake will update this story as it develops.