Last Wednesday, on the day after Christmas, there was supposed to be a Central division matchup between the Indiana Pacers and the Chicago Bulls at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. A big snow storm hit the Circle City in the early hours that morning, shutting down many offices, businesses, and events for the day. Even the Indianapolis International Airport cancelled flights in and out of the city. Had the storm hit a day earlier, then many kids would have been quite upset, due to the fact that Santa’s sleigh may have been shut down for a bit, as well. Basketball fans suffered similar grief, as the December 26th game between these two division rivals was called off at the last minute.
The game was originally scheduled to begin at 7pm on the Wednesday night after Christmas. As the day went on (and the snow piled up), many fans and media were surprised that the game had not been cancelled. Even this reporter put out a story early in the day, stating that the game would continue, despite the near white-out conditions. After both teams, all referees, and most staff had already braved the dangerous conditions to make their way towards Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the league decided to cancel the game, after all. The announcement came out less than four hours before the scheduled tip-off.
The game between the Bulls and Pacers has officially been rescheduled for Monday, February 4th. This game will now force the Pacers into a back-to-back-to back situation, as well as putting them in a position to play four games in five days. These unseen events could either make or break Indiana’s push for seeding in the Eastern conference playoffs. The league cannot control Mother Nature, but they do not have to put their teams at this kind of disadvantage.