Heat vs. Cavaliers Delayed After Scoreboard Leaks Oily Substance onto Floor

Ethan GrantAnalyst IMarch 20, 2013

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Heading into Wednesday night, the Miami Heat likely thought the only deterrent to a 24-game win streak was LeBron James' old team—the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Scoreboard malfunction should be added to that list. 

That's the latest from the South Florida Sun Sentinel's Ira Winderman, who reported on Twitter that the start of Wednesday's showdown in Cleveland has been delayed due to a leaky substance from the Quicken Loans Arena's scoreboard:

Cavaliers team owner Dan Gilbert also posted on Twitter that the team was working overtime to fix the problem and get the game started:

Sam Amico posted this tweet to help clarify what caused the malfunction:

Beyond the Buzzer also posted a tweet with various pictures from the arena during what should have been NBA action:

If there wasn't enough intrigue from Miami's current winning streak and the always-interesting return of King James to his former team, this incident made sure that fans got their money's worth.

James, who scored 30 and 28 points in two wins over the Cavaliers so far this season (both in Miami), side-stepped any questions about a potential return to Cleveland from reporters on Wednesday in his first return trip to Ohio during the 2012-13 season (via Jodie Valade of the Cleveland Plain Dealer).

With the Heat winning every game in the past 23 contests, who would blame him?

The Heat are going to have a chance to get to win No. 24 in a row, but fans at the Q are going to have to wait for the action to start until the floor can be cleaned and the problem with the scoreboard rectified.