Bullets, Cavaliers try again tomorrow NBA changed mind, gave in to weather

March 14, 1993|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,Staff Writer

After ordering the Washington Bullets and Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday to play at the Baltimore Arena last night despite blizzard warnings, the NBA relented yesterday afternoon and canceled the game.

The Bullets were notified at 3 p.m. by NBA deputy commissioner Russell Granik, who also canceled contests scheduled last night in Philadelphia and New York because of the hazardous conditions.

With both the Bullets and Cavaliers already located in downtown hotels along with the officiating crew, it appeared likely the game would be played as scheduled, despite the storm.

"For the past two days, the NBA kept telling us that the stated league policy was that if both teams were at the game site, that a game would have to be played," said Rick Moreland, the Bullets' vice president for Baltimore operations. "We made it clear that we would have played the game in front of an empty building, and even kept telling our fans not to come to the game because of the weather conditions.

"They looked at that, plus some weather-related problems at other venues on the East Coast and decided that it just wasn't worth it.

The NBA has rescheduled the game here for 7 p.m. tomorrow, the last of four appearances by the Bullets in Baltimore.

Today was ruled out because the Spirit is scheduled to play a soccer game in the afternoon and the Skipjacks have an evening hockey contest at the Arena.

The Cavaliers, who arrived in Baltimore by charter Friday evening, were trying to avoid playing tomorrow since that would involve playing back-to-back games, with a home contest against Philadelphia scheduled for Tuesday.

The Bullets, who had sold the game out, have offered exchange dates for fans holding tickets.

Having a game canceled is nothing new for the Cavaliers.

This marked the seventh time it has happened in their 23-year franchise history. Four games were canceled in the 1977-78 season.

The Bullets have been more fortunate.

Their last cancellation came in March 1979, when they were scheduled to play at home against Houston.

The Rockets were on site, but four of the Bullets, including Wes Unseld, were standed at O'Hare International in Chicago for three days, trying to complete a trip from Seattle.

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