UPDATED on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 2:55 p.m. ET
We now have an official date for the rescheduled Pistons-Hawks game cancelled on Wednesday courtesy of Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears:
The Detroit @ Atlanta game, postponed due to severe weather on January 29, has been rescheduled to April 8.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) January 30, 2014
Looking ahead, this will now set up both teams for an additional back-to-back. The Hawks will host the Boston Celtics on April 9, while the Detroit Pistons will head out for a road match with the Cleveland Cavaliers the same night.
There's always a down side to getting a snow day off of work. Eventually, it has to be made up.
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With a winter storm wreaking havoc on Atlanta, Bleacher Report's Howard Beck reports that the league has postponed the Pistons-Hawks game scheduled for Wednesday night:
NBA has postponed tonight's Pistons-Hawks game in Atlanta due to severe weather conditions. Game will be rescheduled.— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) January 29, 2014
The news has been confirmed by NBA.com:
Tonight's Detroit at Atlanta game has been postponed due to severe weather in Atlanta. The game will be rescheduled at a later date.— NBA.com (@NBAcom) January 29, 2014
Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution had previously reported that the inclement weather had put the game in jeopardy. The Pistons could not travel to Atlanta following their 103-87 home win over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday, and the Hawks subsequently cancelled their Wednesday morning shootaround.
Winter Storm Leon only dropped a few inches on the ground, but it was more than enough to disrupt the Southern city. Weather.com's Sean Breslin described a chaotic scene in the metro area, reporting on Wednesday morning that "many major roads are still experiencing gridlock."
There is no word yet on when the game will be rescheduled. Both teams have a scheduled off-day on Thursday, but as Vivlamore noted, moving the contest back one night would give the Hawks three games in three nights.
Keith Langlois of Pistons.com said the teams might have another chance to get together at the end of February:
One possibility for a makeup: Friday, Feb. 28. Both teams play on Wednesday. Pistons off til Saturday at HOU, Hawks off til Sunday.— Keith Langlois (@Keith_Langlois) January 29, 2014
This is just another reminder that even meticulously plotted and carefully arranged NBA schedules are subject to change. Sometimes life happens, and the Association has to adapt.
This isn't the first time the league has lost a scheduled game this season. The Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs were supposed to play in Mexico City on Dec. 4, but that game was postponed (and later moved to Minnesota on April 8) after a generator malfunctioned and filled the arena with smoke.
Who could plan for a malfunctioning generator? How do you anticipate snowfall in the Southeast?
The NBA clearly monitored the situation and felt everyone—the teams, the fans, the workers—would be better off by moving the game. If the travel conditions aren't safe, there's no sense in putting people on the road.
Leave it to the NFL to play its frigid Ice Bowls. Battling the elements just isn't the NBA's style.