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Pacers grounded in Phoenix after heavy snowfall in Denver
They are scheduled to play their final game of a three-game trip Monday night against the Nuggets (9pm ET).
UPDATE: 5:15 p.m. ET.
In light of the Pacers’ travel delays, the NBA has been pushed the game back an hour. It will begin after 10:00 p.m. ET, the third straight Pacers game that will end after midnight in Indiana.
UPDATE: 4:05 p.m. ET.
The team has landed in Denver, Fieldhouse Files has learned. Tip off against the 22-16 Nuggets is in less than five hours.
If this season has taught NBA teams anything, it’s to be prepared for anything. There’s daily testing, restrictions in place to stay at the hotel and frequent changes to their schedule.
Here’s a new one: a potential blizzard.
The Pacers were scheduled to fly to Denver Sunday afternoon, but now it’s unclear when they will arrive, according to sources. The team has the day off after playing on back-to-back days and remains in Phoenix.
The Pacers and Nuggets are scheduled to play Monday at 9 p.m. ET inside Ball Arena (formerly known as the Pepsi Center).
I’m told the league is monitoring the situation but so far, no changes. The hope is that it will go on as scheduled.
As of 2 p.m. ET, total snowfall had topped 19.1 inches at Denver International Airport, according to the National Weather Service.
Denver has been hit by a snowstorm and there’s a blizzard warning in effect through Sunday evening. Thousands of inbound flights have been canceled and the runway is expected to be closed until at least 8:00 p.m. ET.
These two teams met earlier this month in Indy. In their final game before All-Star break, the Pacers lost 113-103.