Hurricane Sandy threatens to disrupt opening week of the NBA season
By Ben Golliver
Sandy, a vicious "Superstorm" that has led to widespread power outages and flooding throughout the Northeast and has reportedly caused at least 38 deaths, has left the NBA playing a waiting game with its opening week schedule in impacts areas.
League spokesperson Tim Frank stated that the league's Tuesday night season-opening slate, which includes games in Cleveland, Miami and Los Angeles, would go on as planned.
"Tonight's NBA games will be played," Frank said.
The Washington Wizards will travel to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers at 7:00 p.m. ET; the Boston Celtics will visit Miami to face the Heat a 8:00 p.m. ET; and the Dallas Mavericks will travel to Los Angeles to face the Lakers at 10:30 p.m. ET.
After Tuesday, though, things remain up in the air.
"We are still assessing the situation with regards to the rest of the week," Frank stated.
Most of Wednesday's schedule should play out as anticipated. Eight of the nine games slated for Wednesday are not in affected areas. The Clippers, Suns, Jazz, Hornets, Bulls, Pistons, Raptors and Blazers should be able to host their games without issue. The Philadelphia 76ers are scheduled to host the Denver Nuggets at 7:00 p.m. ET. Nearly a million customers lost power in Southeastern Pennsylvania Monday, according to Philly.com.
From the NBA's perspective, all eyes are on Thursday, when the Brooklyn Nets are scheduled to host the New York Knicks in the highly-anticipated opening of the new Barclays Center. The New York Post reported last week that tickets for the game were averaging $800 on the secondary market, with a courtside seat drawing up to $8,100. USA Today reported that the Nets were forced to cancel their practice on Tuesday. New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg called the storm "maybe the worst" to hit his city, according to CNN, and neighborhoods in Brooklyn lost power and were subject to flooding. Subway service has also been suspended.