Warriors vs. Lakers: Preseason Game Shortened Due to Dangerous Floor Conditions

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistOctober 18, 2015

Security guards line the side of the basketball court at the Valley View Casino Center after NBA officials determined the court was too dangerous to continue play of the NBA preseason basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors in the third quarter Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in San Diego. The court had become slippery from moisture on the court caused by the ice from the hockey arena underneath the basketball floor.  (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
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The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Golden State Warriors 85-70 in a preseason showdown Saturday night, but the result was finalized after two-plus quarters because of dangerous floor conditions at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego.

According to Lakers.com's Mike Trudell, wet spots on the hardwood ultimately forced the action to be canceled before the end of the third quarter.

ESPN.com's Baxter Holmes noted fans in attendance were not pleased with the decision:

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Fans here in San Diego are not happy and a huge "RE-FUND!" chant breaks out as the Warriors-Lakers game is called off.

Their wishes were granted shortly after the game was called. According to the Lakers' official Twitter account, full refunds will be provided to fans who return to the original point of purchase after noon Monday.

Warriors forward Marreese Speights didn't mince words regarding the playing conditions at the San Diego arena:

Marreese Speights @Mospeights16

That was a scary game!!! Court was terrible... Blessed that nobody didn't get hurt!!!!

The highlight of the evening came courtesy of Lakers rookie Larry Nance Jr., who posterized Warriors center Festus Ezeli:

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CBS Sports NBA jokingly cited Nance's huge slam as the reason for the cancellation:

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We prefer to believe that the officials called Warriors-Lakers off in the third due to excessive sympathy for what Nance did to Ezeli.

With Saturday's debacle a thing of the past, both teams can look toward the remainder of their preseason slates. The Lakers will be back in action Monday against the Portland Trail Blazers, while the Warriors will do battle with the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.

The Warriors and Lakers will then reconvene Thursday (10 p.m. ET on TNT) to close out their exhibition schedules.

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