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Pacers Game Postponed In New Orleans Due To Leaky Roof

The Indiana Pacers traveled to New Orleans for a game on Wednesday night but never got onto the court against the Pelicans.

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INDIANAPOLIS – Hopefully the Pacers (30-25) at least enjoyed Bourbon Street on Wednesday night.

Because the basketball game they were supposed to play in New Orleans never got underway due to a leaky roof.

With water dripping down onto the court at the Smoothie King Center, the playing surface was eventually deemed not safe enough for the Pacers and Pelicans to play their final matchup of the season.

The game was postponed to a later date, which has not yet been announced.

“Both coaches went out and looked at the floor and looked at the conditions and really felt that we didn’t want to take a chance at these players going out there playing on the floor,” Nate McMillan said of the postponement.

“They wanted to try to get the game in. We just felt as coaches – and they got the GMs and I’m sure they got the owners involved – that the condition is not ready for these guys to play.”

For the Pacers, they were expected to have Victor Oladipo (illness) back in the lineup on Wednesday after he missed Monday’s loss to the Wizards.

But the rare postponement isn’t the worst thing for Indiana, with Oladipo still coming back to full health and starting point guard Darren Collison (knee) out for another couple of weeks.

The two teams were supposed to tip off at 8:00 p.m. (7:00 local time), but they were informed during pre-game of the leak on the floor.

Neither team ever warmed up.

The staff at the Smoothie King Center eventually stopped the leak, but possible damage to the court led to the NBA making the final call of a postponement.

“You’ve got both teams here and you want to get the game going, but it’s a real risk to the players with that floor being wet like that,” McMillan said. “It’s not a chance you want to take.

“We would have probably been a mess if we went out there anyway. You don’t play this game under those conditions.”

With Wednesday’s postponement, the Pacers have 3 games left before the All-Star break: @Celtics (Friday), Knicks (Sunday) and @Nets (next Wednesday).

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