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Wet floor ends exhibition game

first_imgFrom news services The NBA preseason game between the New Jersey Nets and Boston Celtics was canceled after one half Friday night because of damp court conditions at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. Boston led, 36-33, at halftime when the game was called because of condensation forming from ice beneath the floor. The 25-year-old city-owned facility is home to the AHL’s Worcester Sharks, an affiliate of the San Jose Sharks. “The players felt like they were risking injury by playing on the court,” said Danny Ainge, the Celtics director of basketball operations. “They didn’t feel like they could get any footing and they were slipping and sliding, so it was pretty unanimous among the players and the officials and the coaches that the game should be called.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.He said the dampness was noticed earlier in the day, when the outside temperature reached 71 degrees, but it seemed to improve before game time. Around the league Mavericks: Forward Josh Howard was suspended for the first two games of the regular season as punishment for a fight with Sacramento center Brad Miller earlier in the week. Howard was ejected from an exhibition Tuesday against the Kings after delivering a forearm to the back of Miller’s neck. He also pushed Miller, who had shoved Dallas guard Devin Harris to the ground. NBA executive vice president Stu Jackson said Howard escalated the confrontation by running across the court toward Miller and other Kings’ players. Kings: Police plan to send the findings of their sexual assault investigation of Sacramento Kings player Justin Williams to prosecutors, but said they do not know how long that might take. “We will do a complete and thorough investigation and then forward that information to the district attorney,” said Sgt. Matt Young, a spokesman for the Sacramento Police Department. “At that time, it will be up to them on how they’d like to proceed.” On Thursday, police announced they were investigating allegations by a woman in her 20s who said she was sexually assaulted by Williams at his home in the early morning hours of Oct. 12. The player’s attorney, William Portanova, issued a statement calling the allegations against his client “unfounded.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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