Bucks vs. Raptors preseason game ends early due to court conditionsPosted by Inside Hoops
The Milwaukee Bucks game vs. the Toronto Raptors earlier tonight, Oct. 25, was called by NBA referee Dan Crawford with 5:58 remaining in the first quarter due to concerns about conditions of the playing surface.
Crawford spoke with a pool reporter regarding the stoppage of the game at the BMO Harris Bradley Center:
“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.”