Six­ers’ game post­poned

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

PHILADEL­PHIA >> A sched­uled game be­tween the Sacra­mento Kings and Philadel­phia 76ers was post­poned Wed­nes­day night by the NBA be­cause of con­den­sa­tion on the court at the Wells Fargo Cen­ter.

The game, which was slated to start at 7 p.m., was called off at 8:03 p.m. A makeup date was not im­me­di­ately an­nounced.

The Philadel­phia Fly­ers hosted an NHL game at the arena Tues­day night and the ice sur­face re­mained un­der the bas­ket­ball court — stan­dard pro­ce­dure at the Wells Fargo Cen­ter. How­ever, Wed­nes­day was an un­sea­son­ably warm, hu­mid day for late Novem­ber in Philadel­phia, and it likely af­fected the sur­face.

“With our ice sur­face, some­times hu­mid­ity is our big­gest op­po­nent when we pre­pare for a game,” said John Page, pres­i­dent of the Wells Fargo Cen­ter com­plex. “We’ve never had an is­sue be­fore, but we need to make sure we don’t have this is­sue again.”

Sacra­mento cen­ter DeMar­cus Cousins said play­ers no­ticed the court was slip­pery at Wed­nes­day morn­ing’s shoot around. By pregame warmups, the prob­lem had wors­ened.

“It was pretty bad,” Cousins said. “I’ve never seen any­thing like that be­fore.”

Cousins joined the fruit­less ef­fort to pre­pare the court, push­ing around a pair of mops dur­ing the de­lay. He en­tered av­er­ag­ing 35.3 points in his last four games and was dis­ap­pointed the con­test was post­poned.

“Guys go through their rit­ual, guys pre­pare for their games and, like that, they’re telling us we’re not play­ing; it’s kind of dis­ap­point­ing,” he said. “I’m kind of glad it did go this way. Player safety should be con­sid­ered first. I think they made the right de­ci­sion.”

Sacra­mento an­nounced the post­pone­ment on Twitter and razzed the 76ers, say­ing “y’all can trust the process but not the floor? Smh (shake my head), (at)Six­ers.”

Fans booed when the post­pone­ment was an­nounced. 76ers CEO Scott O’Neil said tick­ets to Wed­nes­day’s game would be valid for the makeup game, and fans in at­ten­dance also would get an ad­di­tional ticket to an­other game plus a rebate on park­ing.

“I know this is a tremen­dous in­con­ve­nience to the fans, so I cer­tainly apol­o­gize on be­half of the or­ga­ni­za­tion,” he said.

It’s the first post­pone­ment in the NBA since the league called off two games on Jan. 23 — Philadel­phia at Bos­ton and Utah at Wash­ing­ton — be­cause of a win­ter storm. At least one game has been post­poned in six of the past seven sea­sons.

Up Next

Kings: At Bos­ton on Fri­day night.

76ers: Host Or­lando on Fri­day night.

CHARLES FOX — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Work­ers try to dry the court be­fore Wed­nes­day’s game be­tween the Six­ers and the Sacra­mento Kings.

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