Celtics vs. 76ers, Jazz vs. Wizards Postponed Due to Inclement Weather

Joe PantornoFeatured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2016

Boston Celtics' Isaiah Thomas (4) defends against Philadelphia 76ers' Phil Pressey (26) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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Due to the snowstorm that hit the East Coast of the United States in late January, the NBA was forced to reschedule matchups from Saturday, Jan. 23 featuring the Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers and the Utah Jazz vs. Washington Wizards, per Yahoo Sports' Marc J. Spears.

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Wizards vs. Jazz Set for Feb. 18

Friday, Feb. 5

Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post noted Friday that the matchup between Utah and Washington has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. ET. Boston and Philadelphia already played their makeup contest on Sunday, Jan. 24, and the Celtics won, 112-92.

Two NBA Games Postponed for Storm

Friday, Jan. 22

The league announced the decision to postpone the games on Twitter. The Sixers and Celtics contest was rescheduled for Sunday, Jan. 24.

Per the National Weather Service, Philadelphia was put under a blizzard warning from 7 p.m. ET on Friday to 10 a.m. on Sunday. According to the NWS (via Heavy.com), Winter Storm Jonas unleashed 22.3 inches of snow on Philadelphia by 10 a.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 24.

Expectations were also concerning in the nation's capital. According to the NWS (via Heavy.com), 16 inches of snow fell at the U.S. Capitol during Winter Storm Jonas by 10 a.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 24.

That obviously wasn't a good area of the country for the Jazz to fly into at the time.

Because of the shorter distance between Philadelphia and Boston, that game was easier to reschedule as the two teams are separated by 274 miles. It wasn't as easy for the Jazz and Wizards, who are separated by 1,845 miles, per SportMapWorld.com.

The Wizards were the final game of the Jazz's four-game east coast swing before returning back to Utah for a six-game homestand. Utah wasn't scheduled to be back near that part of the country until a Feb. 29 game against the Celtics followed by a game two days later in Toronto against the Raptors. However, the Feb. 18 makeup day comes immediately after a long rest for All-Star Weekend.

Last season, the NBA postponed home games for the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets on Jan. 26, 2015 due to winter weather. That day, the New York City region was hit by 10-15 inches of snow, per the NWS