Bucks vs. Raptors Preseason Game Cancelled Due to Unsafe Playing Conditions

Tim KeeneyContributor IOctober 25, 2013

Oct 25, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA;  The Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks walk off the court during the first quarter of the game at BMO Harris Bradley Center.  The game was cancelled in the first quarter after the floor was deemed unsafe to play on.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Friday night's preseason contest between the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors from the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee was cancelled midway through the first quarter, as the officials deemed the slippery court too unsafe to play. 

UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 9:19 p.m. ET

The Bucks provided an update on the court and their plans to fix it:

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The Raptors' Media Relations Twitter feed gave us the news:

The Bucks added this:

With the way things were going, it was probably the right decision. 

Less than six minutes into the game, Bucks guard O.J. Mayo had already slipped and fallen, while Toronto's Amir Johnson and DeMar DeRozan also suffered falls due to the slippery conditions. 

With preseason games meaning next to nothing—perhaps even more so with the start of the regular season less than a week away—the officials opted rather to be safe than sorry and called the game after a lengthy delay and discussion. 

Oct 25, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks executive vice president John Steinmiller discusses the condition of the floor with referee Danny Crawford (43) during the first quarter of the game against the Toronto Raptors at BMO Harris Bradley Center

Still, while there's very little harm in canceling a preseason game in the first quarter, this doesn't exactly paint an encouraging picture for the regular season. 

That's because the court at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee is brand new. The Bucks' official Twitter feed posted a picture in September of the ongoing renovation:

By the end of September, the new design was finished and the court was ready. 

Hopefully this is just a one-time thing or an easily fixable problem, because canceling a regular season game due to a slippery court is pretty much not an option—and the alternative is a potential injury.

Milwaukee's first home game of the regular season, ironically enough, is a rematch of this six-minute contest against the Raptors on Saturday, Nov. 2. 

We can only hope that this turns out be just a funny preseason story and not a sign of foreshadowing.