The Orlando Magic return to the court after the league’s player sit-in to face elimination and the tall task of the Milwaukee Bucks yet again.
Orlando Magic vs. Milwaukee Bucks (MIL leads series 3-1)
Time/TV: 3:30 p.m./ESPN, FOX Sports Florida
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2020 Season Series: Bucks 123, Magic 91 in Orlando on Nov. 1; Bucks 110, Magic 101 in Milwaukee on Dec. 9; Bucks 111, Magic 100 in Milwaukee on Dec. 28; Bucks 111, Magic 95 in Orlando on Feb. 8
Playoff Series: Game 1 – Magic 122, Bucks 110; Game 2 – Bucks 111, Magic 96; Game 3 — Bucks 121, Magic 107; Game 4 — Bucks 121, Magic 106; Game 5 — Today at NBA Campus
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A prediction for this game feels pretty meaningless in the face of the bigger questions the league has asked itself. The Milwaukee Bucks exercised their power, their grief and their frustration when they decided not to take the floor Wednesday. It was unfortunate they left the Orlando Magic in the dark. The Magic would have been willing partners and stood with them in their protest and calls for change. Getting back to basketball? Nobody knows how anyone will react to it. Terrence Ross seemed pretty worn out during his podcast. It has been an emotional few days for everyone. Life in the bubble is wearing on everyone. This event happened in the Bucks’ hometown. And it was clear even after Game 4 with them knowing what was going on that their attention is elsewhere. This could go in any direction. Good luck figuring out what happens next.
1) The Orlando Magic held a teleconference with Orange County Sheriff John Mina where they also asked Sheriff Mina for answers regarding the recent shooting of Salaythis Melvin at the Florida Mall, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel writes.
2) The Milwaukee Bucks’ clear-mindedness helped them get their message across and make change with their walk-out, Adam McGee of Behind the Buck Pass writes. They hope a clear path to change has been forged by their movement, Eric Nehm of The Athletic writes.
3) Solving racism and social injustice should not be the responsibility of athletes, Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic writes.
4) American sports came to a stop as everyone felt the pain of Black-Americans, Howard Bryant of ESPN writes.
5) The players are still figuring out their next steps and have only taken the initial steps. It will be a continuing process as they find their voice and their cause.
6) As we try to find out how we can be better allies to the causes the players are pushing for, the first step is to listen and empathize.
7) The Orlando Magic need to lean on Nikola Vucevic more to break the Milwaukee Bucks’ defense, Joshua Meyer writes. Vucevic has become a superstar in this series, Spencer Henderson writes.
8) The Orlando Magic cannot reinvent themselves to extend the series, they have to be themselves even more.
9) The Orlando Magic have plenty to build on after their Game 4 loss but their backs are against the wall to extend the series in Game 5. Our keys to a win.
10) Coach Steve Clifford deserves some blame for the Orlando Magic’s fourth-quarter collapse in Game 4, Omar Cabrera writes.
11) Evan Fournier’s struggles have been a huge detriment in this series for the Orlando Magic, Dan Bennett writes.
12) Aaron Gordon has left the NBA’s campus as he deals with his strained left hamstring, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel reports. For Gordon, a frustrating season has come to an end.
13) The hours before and after the league stopped were chaotic but filled with purpose, ESPN NBA writers reported. There was a lot of anger, but ultimately progress as the league came together, Joe Vardon of The Athletic writes. The players though came together to spread their message and continue the season, Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports relates.
14) Former Milwaukee Bucks big man John Henson recounted his experience with racial profiling to The New York Times.