Tuesday's NBA game between the Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics has officially been canceled.
ESPN's Ian Begley has the news:
NBA announces it has cancelled Tuesday's Celtics-Pacers game in light of tragedy in Boston. It will not be rescheduled.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) April 16, 2013
After the tragic events that occurred on Monday at the Boston Marathon, the league made the decision to cancel this matchup.
Was cancelling this game the right decision?
The 9/11 tragedy taught us that sports can sometimes serve as a welcome distraction for those facing unimaginable heartbreak, but there was very little reason to go through with the upcoming game.
With just two days remaining in the regular season, the Pacers and Celtics already have their playoff seeds locked up. Not only does that make the game completely meaningless in terms of conference standings, but it's also difficult to imagine a game being played at TD Garden so soon after Monday's unspeakable acts of violence with city personnel attending to far more important matters.
The Boston Bruins canceled Monday's NHL game with the Ottawa Senators, citing security as a main reason (via The Washington Times' Victor Morton):
'After consultation with City, State and NHL officials we collectively made the decision to postpone tonight’s game. Public safety personnel from the City and State are still gathering information regarding today’s events and it is vital they have all resources available for their investigation,' team president Cam Neely said in a statement.
With no intention to reschedule Tuesday's game, the Celtics are set to end the season Wednesday at Toronto, while Indiana will travel back home to take on the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Celtics will enter the playoffs as the No. 7 seed, so the next scheduled game at TD Garden isn't until Game 3 of the postseason.