The NBA has resumed the play-offs after the player boycott. The Milwaukee Bucks, who started the protest on Wednesday, and the Los Angeles Lakers advanced to the next round. Dennis Schröder lost with Oklahoma City – and was thrown off the field.
In the fifth duel with the Houston Rockets, Schröder, who had previously collected 19 points, was expelled from the court in the middle of the third quarter after a blow against opponent PJ Tucker. Tucker himself also had to leave because he reacted with a headbutt.
Westbrook is making a comeback with the Rockets
While the Thunder lost one of their top performers during the game, the Rockets were able to build on Russell Westbrook for the first time in the series, who had previously been injured. In his first game since August 4, Westbrook came against his former team in 23 minutes on seven points, six rebounds, and seven assists. The top scorer on the side of the Rockets was once again James Harden with 31 points in the 114:80 success.
With a score of 2: 3, the Thunder must now win Game 6 on Monday if the season is not to end early.
After initial failures: Lakers and Bucks move on confidently
The Los Angeles Lakers are waiting for the winner of the duel in the conference semifinals. The team around superstar LeBron James made the progress with a 131: 122 against the Portland Trail Blazers perfect. James recorded a triple-double with 36 points, ten rebounds and ten assists, Anthony Davis contributed 43 points. In the Blazers, who competed without their injured all-star Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum held against it with 36 points.
The Milwaukee Bucks also made it 4-1 in their series against the Orlando Magic . The Bucks, who started the boycott on Wednesday in protest against police violence in the USA, prevailed with 118: 104 and now meet the Miami Heat. Superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo had 28 points, 17 rebounds and three assists.
The game should originally have taken place on Wednesday, Milwaukee had boycotted the game in response to the Jacob Blake case. The black man was shot from behind by a police officer last weekend.
“This is a moment where I learned from my players,” said Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer about his players’ actions: “They made me better. They directed me to a certain extent, they made us Stand up and say, ‘Enough, we want a change’ “.
The boycott of the Bucks sparked a nationwide wave of protests in US sports .