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However, once reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo gained the first possession for the Bucks, both teams, including the coaching staffs on the sidelines, took a knee. They repeated the act on the ensuing Pistons possession when Blake Griffin held the ball and both teams took a knee again.
The peaceful act happened a day after prosecutors in Kenosha, Wisconsin, decided not to file criminal charges against the police officers in the August shooting of Jacob Blake. Nearly five months earlier, the Bucks boycotted Game 5 of their first-round playoff matchup versus the Orlando Magic on Aug. 26 from inside the Orlando, Florida, bubble in response to Blake’s shooting. The boycott was the beginning of a three-day halt in the NBA.
Bucks players were in constant contact within a group chat Tuesday, voicing their frustrations and concerns about the ruling. There were frequent conversations about how they wanted to respond, and Antetokounmpo said the team considered