Timberwolves vs. Spurs Postponed in Mexico City Due to Smoke in Arena

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Timberwolves vs. Spurs Postponed in Mexico City Due to Smoke in Arena
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Wednesday night's game between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves in Mexico City was delayed when the power went out and Mexico City Arena filled with smoke due to a generator malfunction. After attempting to restart, the game was eventually called off. 

The NBA's Twitter feed made it official, noting that the makeup game, which doesn't yet have a date, will be in Minnesota:

All fans, players and staff were then forced to evacuate the arena. The players, still in uniform, went straight to their buses outside. Ric Renner of Fox Sports Southwest and Brett Poirer of Sheridan Hoops provided a couple pictures of the bizarre scene:

This is a real unfortunate set of circumstances for all involved. Playing in Mexico was a good opportunity for the NBA to further increase its international brand, but this is pretty much as bad as the experiment could have gone. 

Mexico has hosted preseason and regular season NBA games since 1992. Last season, the Hornets knocked off the Magic in a preseason game on October 7.  

The NBA has done quite a bit of global outreach this year. In the preseason, the Thunder and 76ers played in Turkey, Spain and England. The Rockets and Pacers played in the Philippines and Taiwan. The Bulls and Wizards played in Brazil. And the Warriors and Lakers played a pair of games in two Chinese cities. The Hawks and Nets are also scheduled to play in London on Jan. 15. 

The Spurs will now head home to host the Indiana Pacers on Saturday, while the T-Wolves welcome the Miami Heat Saturday night as well. 


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