MILWAUKEE - The Bucks' last preseason game was cancelled with 5:58 on the clock in the 1st quarter after multiple players slipped and fell on the BMO Harris Bradley Center's floor.
After the game was stopped, members of the Toronto Raptors headed to the locker room, while Bucks players stayed on the floor. As tweeted by the Journal Sentinel's Charles Gardner:
Referees continue to talk with Bucks officials about whether to continue. Some Bucks players waiting. Raptors left their bench.— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) October 26, 2013
Eventually, Bucks players also left the court and the game was cancelled. The Bucks were leading 14-9 when the game was called.
Referee Dan Crawford talked about the decision not to play. The Bucks released his explanation in a statement.
“We (the officials) just concluded that the floor was just unplayable. We went out beforehand, because it’s under the control of the Bucks to make a decision initially. We went out initially and tested the floor and we thought the floor was OK. Once the players started slipping, we said we should end this just to make sure we have no issues later.
“They (the players) actually complained beforehand but we didn’t know what that was about. As I said, Karl (Lane) and I were out there and we thought the floor was playable. But we’re not making those instinctive moves and sharp cuts. I think they were having issues with the sharp cuts.
“There was no condensation at all. None whatsoever.
“We kept making eye contact out there and we saw the players were having issues with traction. Then when we had a few guys go down, we figured we should have a conference. And both teams wanted not to continue the game.”
The Bucks' John Steinmiller said later to Gardner that they will attempt to get the new floor ready in time for the home opener next Saturday night.
Steinmiller said the Bucks' old floor is still available and could be used in an emergency if the league permits.— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) October 26, 2013
Fans who attended the game will be able to redeem their ticket stubs for one free regular season game in November. Those in attendance were also given the opportunity to shoot free throws on the new Bucks court, take pictures with Bango Buck and the dance team.
The game was the 37th Annual MACC Fund Game, one of the longest running charity games in the NBA. Bucks officials stressed that the MACC Fund would not lose any money due to the cancellation.
Jay Sorgi contributed to this report.