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Roof Leak Delays Pacers-Pelicans Matchup
Updated February 8, 2018 6:53 AM
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(NEW ORLEANS, LA) - It isn't often you see a basketball game get postponed due to rain but that's exactly what happened in last night's Pacers-Pelicans game.

The game was already delayed nearly two hours due to a roof leak at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans before the game was eventually called due to unsafe playing conditions. Rain water had fallen through the leak and formed a puddle near one of the foul lines and while employees were able to fashion a catch basin to stop the water from dripping on the court both teams agreed they didn't want to risk injury.

"It's not a chance you want to take," Pacers coach Nate McMillan said after the public address announcer told the remaining crowd the game had been cancelled. "Both coaches went out and looked at the floor and looked at the conditions and just really felt that you didn't want to take a chance of these players going out there playing on the floor with the possibility of a leak happening over the course of a 2.5-hour game in an area where there's going to be a lot of action right around the free throw line."

League officials have yet to announce when the game will be made up.

Wednesday's game was supposed to be the first in a two-game road trip for the Pacers. They will next play on Friday when they visit the Boston Celtics.



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