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Smoke causes NBA game to be postponed (video)

The Minnesota Timberwolves leave the arena. (Christian Palma / AP)

Timberwolves-Spurs, PPD (smoke, and lots of it)

The NBA game in Mexico between the Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs was postponed Wednesday night because a malfunctioning generator caused the Ciudad de Mexico City Arena to fill with smoke, dense, terrible smoke.


The game, which was a Timberwolves home game, will be made up in Minnesota. No one really wanted to try to play the game, including San Antonio Coach Gregg Popovich.

For two hours, the league tried to get the sold-out game in the 22,000-seat arena underway. When the smoke did not clear, doctors advised against players returning and a decision to move the game to Thursday night, an off-day for the teams, was rejected.

“I thought they were practicing fireworks,” Spurs TV analyst Sean Elliot told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “A lot of teams do that before introductions. But then the smoke just kept creeping and it wasn’t white smoke. It was like a brown dark smoke and it started taking over the whole court. It was surprising.”

(Alfredo Estrella / Getty Images)

Players who ventured back into the gym to get their belongings when the game was called off used T-shirts to cover their mouths and noses.

“I’ve never seen anything like that before,” Manu Ginobili told the San Antonio Express. “I’ve seen blackouts. But never smoke like that.”


After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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