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The NBA shut down the playoffs Wednesday in the wake of another protest-spawning shooting by police.

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Last night the Milwaukee Bucks refused to take to the court. Minutes before tip off, no a single player had come to warm up. Eventually the Orlando Magic players retired, followed shortly by the referees.

The Bucks decision not to play was fueled by the shooting of Jacob Blake, a twenty-nine-year-old black man who was shot in the back seven times by a police officer while entering his car after walking away from two policemen. The shooting took place in Kenosha, Wisconsin, just miles from Milwaukee.

“We’re tired of the killings and the injustice,” Bucks guard George Hill told ESPN’s Marc Spears.

The NBA responded by shutting down the rest of the games in a show of solidarity.

Players from all over the league shared their disgust and concern.

Doc Rivers gave a heart-felt statement.

And Derrick White made his own contribution:


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