Following the Milwaukee Bucks historic strike of the original date for Game 5 of their series of the Orlando Magic, the fate of the NBA season was in doubt. As fellow NBA and WNBA teams followed Milwaukee’s lead, they demanded accountability and action from political leaders and NBA governors alike. That snowballed into strikes across football, baseball, hockey, but the NBA players ultimately voted to continue the season. Their work for racial justice will continue, just as the games will, but you can read more about what their movement led to in terms of actionable items from NBA governors.
Play will finally resume on Saturday though, with Milwaukee leading the slate as Game 5 tips off against Orlando at 2:30 pm Central. After the momentous occasion of their strike, it admittedly feels odd to be getting back to basketball, but the players are in favor of it and will hopefully continue to maximize their platform.
In a basketball sense, the main update from Wednesday is that Orlando’s Aaron Gordon has officially left the bubble.
Orlando's Aaron Gordon has left the NBA bubble due to his hamstring injury and events of past few days on campus, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 27, 2020
Gordon had been listed as questionable for every game up to this point, and now it seems official he won’t play in this first round series. Beyond that, there aren’t any other injury updates for Milwaukee at this time. If you’re looking for a more thorough breakdown of the game, you can look at my Game 5 preview, penned before the strike.
We’ll update this piece with any impending injury news as they may be announced.