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

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IOctober 26, 2013

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. 

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. 

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