After a start that saw several slips and stumbles from players on both sides, officials decided to call Friday’s game between the Raptors and Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center mid-way through the first quarter.
Game against Bucks in Milwaukee cancelled at 5:58 mark of 1st qtr. due to unsafe playing conditions with the court surface. — RaptorsMR (@RaptorsMR) October 26, 2013
According to head coach Dwane Casey, there were questions about the court prior to the game.
“There were concerns earlier and the court crew did an excellent job mopping it,” said Casey. “It felt like it was ok, then I don’t know what happened but it was too dangerous. We had guys slipping and falling. The last thing we need is to have a guy injured slipping on the floor in a preseason game.”
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DeMar DeRozan hit the floor a couple of times and described the risky situation afterwards.
“It wasn’t grip. When you tried to take off or cut, it would just give way,” said DeRozan. “It was terrible. I was really scared.”
It’s a situation reminiscent of the Raptors’ game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in St. John’s, Newfoundland that was scheduled almost ten years ago to the day. Condensation on the floor prevented that game from even starting back in 2003 and denied fans an early look at then rookie LeBron James.
The Raptors were already playing without starters Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas on Friday, while Steve Novak and Julyan Stone were also sitting out. The list of DNP’s was even longer for the Bucks.
The Raptors now head back to Toronto with a 6-1 record in preseason play, equaling their mark from last season. Next up is the regular season opener against the Boston Celtics at Air Canada Centre on Wednesday night.