The Orlando Magic will fight to keep their season alive on Saturday.
Following the Milwaukee Bucks’ boycott of Game 5 of their first round series with the Magic in protest of the police shooting of Jacob Blake in their home state of Wisconsin, the game has been rescheduled for Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.
The Magic, after their stunning but convincing win in Game 1, have dropped three straight to the Bucks, putting their season on the brink. The Magic reportedly refused to accept a forfeit victory after they took the court for Game 5 prior to the scheduled tip on Wednesday.
Instead, they stood with the Bucks and the rest of the NBA in the fight against social injustice and police brutality. On Friday, the Magic continued their efforts by speaking with Orange County Sheriff John Mina.
This afternoon the players will have a team Zoom call with Orange County (Fla.) Sheriff John Mina to discuss policing in our community. pic.twitter.com/NeOAid5f9m— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) August 28, 2020
Now they’ll get back on the court, looking to force the organization’s first Game 6 since the 2011 playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks. The Magic are looking to avoid what would be their third straight gentlemen’s sweep after capturing a surprising Game 1 victory (2019 vs. the Raptors, 2012 vs. the Pacers).
Game 5 will be televised on ESPN and Fox Sports Florida.