An NBA game between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves has been postponed due to fire. The game, being played in Mexico City, was temporarily halted, and the arena was evacuated.
According to For The Win, the fire was the result of a power failure. NBA and arena officials are working to clean up the arena and resume the basketball game.
Jerry Zgoda, a Timberwolves beat writer, says that commissioner David Stern wants the game to go as scheduled.
NBA official says D Stern really wants to play this game. Next update at 830 pm
— Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) December 5, 2013
Still hearing if they can clear smoke from arena, NBA wants to play. Big if of course — Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) December 5, 2013
Zgoda also reports that Greg Popovich and Spurs trainers are reticent to play in the game.
Pop says nobody should be breathing what’s in arena, let alone players exerting themselves, says game should be played in Minny on off day — Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) December 5, 2013
Just overheard Spurs team doctors say no way to playing in arena tonight, seems like teams will push back hard on playing tonight — Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) December 5, 2013
Below is footage from the smokey arena.
**UPDATE** 9:55 p.m.
The game has officially been canceled.
Spurs-Timberwolves game in Mexico City officially off due to a generator malfunction that caused smoke in the arena, according to NBA.
— Beyond The Buzzer (@BeyondTheBuzzer) December 5, 2013