Verizon Center Roof Leak Delays Washington Wizards-Houston Rockets Game

Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistJanuary 11, 2014

Jan 11, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets players stand on the court during a delay in play for a leak in the roof during the second quarter at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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UPDATE on Jan. 11 at 9:10 p.m. EST

We're back underway...again...for now. Play is actually happening again now that the scene you can watch below (h/t Ben Golliver) is over:

The Rockets and Wizards are averaging a lengthy delay per quarter, and there's no telling whether the roof will hold the water out this time around. 

We've tried funnels. 

We've tried trash cans smothered in advertisements for Washington players' All-Star candidacies. 

There's no telling what's next. 

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UPDATE on Jan. 11 at 9:10 p.m. EST

All good things must come to an end. 

The Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards managed to play the second quarter without incident after a 35-minute rain delay (yes, seriously, a rain delay) interrupted the first minute. And apparently, the Rockets did a better job staying fresh, as they owned the quarter with a 34-17 burst. 

But now we get to see who survives Rain Delay 2.0, as the skies roof opened back up during halftime to delay the start of the third quarter. 

Here we go again...

At this point, anything seems possible. 

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UPDATE on Jan. 11 at 8:15 p.m. EST

The game is back, and it only took 35 minutes to get the roof fixed at the Verizon Center!

And apparently it didn't cause any decline in performance, as Omri Casspi hit a corner three-pointer on the very first possession after water stopped dripping down onto the court and into the trash can that was used as a makeshift water-catching device. 

Now we get to see what Dwight Howard can do against real NBA players, not kids who barely come up to his waist. 

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Every once in a while, something strange happens during an NBA game and causes a delay. 

Now you can add a leaking roof at the Verizon Center to a list that includes fans running onto the court with recruiting pitches for Kyrie Irving and Manu Ginobili swatting a bat out of mid-air. 

Nine seconds into the second quarter of a Jan. 11 game between the Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards, there was the infrequently seen indoor rain delay. With the roof leaking water onto the court, play was deemed unsafe and stopped with the score tied at 29. 

Dwight Howard and James Harden were the studs for the Rockets—surprise, surprise—combining for 19 points on only 11 shots in the first quarter. But instead of staying loose during the stoppage of play, the two Houston stars goofed around, joking with each other instead of practicing their shots. 

D12 was even trying out his lefty three-pointers, which he'll surely pull out at some point during the season. 

For the Wizards, John Wall did pretty much the same thing after a 10-point, two-assist first quarter. He could be seen sitting on the bench and messing around with Jan Vesely while everyone tried to figure out what should be done. 

Can you blame them? It's not desirable to waste energy in the middle of a game, after all, even if there's some benefit to staying loose. 

Fortunately, the NBA has some pretty high-tech rain-catching devices. 

And by that, I mean they were using some trash cans as the Wizards' staff tried to figure out what to do. Calls to the league office were made, there were mentions of moving to a practice court and no one really seemed to understand the process. 

As CSN's broadcasting team brilliantly pointed out, it's not exactly possible to play basketball with trash cans on the court. I'm pretty sure they'd end up being used as screeners, and the referees would just be massively confused about whether or not the picks were legal. 

We'll update you as soon as there's a solution at the Verizon Center, but everybody is just confused right now.