MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Milwaukee Bucks have a slick new floor to play on this season.
Maybe a little too slick, it seems.
Officials stopped the game with 5:58 left in the first quarter after several players slipped and fell on the court surface.
After about 20 minutes’ worth of discussion, an announcement was made over the arena public address system that the game would not be played.
“It was really bad,” Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan said. “I couldn’t cut to get open. It wasn’t the grip, it was just giving way when you try to cut. I was really scared. Amir Johnson and I fell on one play, and I tried to get up and I fell again.”
Raptors coach Dwane Casey said his players first expressed concern about the floor conditions during pregame warmups.
“It felt like it was OK,” Casey said. “Then I don’t know what happened, but it was too dangerous. We had guys slipping and falling. The last thing we need is to have a guy injured slipping on the floor in a preseason game.”
NBA lead official Danny Crawford said he and the other officials determined the floor was unplayable.
“We kept making eye contact out there and we saw the players were having issues with traction,” Crawford said, in an interview with a pool reporter.
“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.”
Although the Bradley Center also hosts hockey games, Crawford said that condensation wasn’t the issue _ leading to questions about the finish of the court surface itself.
The cancellation announcement to fans was made by former Bucks player John McGlocklin, one of the team’s announcers and co-founder of a local charity, the MACC Fund.
Standing on the court, McGlocklin announced that anybody who had tickets to Friday’s game could exchange them for tickets to a regular-season home game in November.