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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.”
Charles F. Gardner from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel served as the pool reporter. The game was stopped at the 5:58 mark of the first period with the Bucks leading 14-9.
The Bucks announced that all fans with a ticket for tonight’s game can bring their ticket to the BMO Harris Bradley Center box office to redeem it for a ticket in the same price category for any November regular season home game. Bucks MVP season subscribers will receive additional communication regarding their ticket credit. The BMO Harris Bradley Center box office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. (or up until an hour after the start of any event being held that day).
Despite the cancellation of tonight’s game, the Bucks announced that the team will honor its donation commitment to the MACC Fund, continuing the franchise’s 37-year commitment of supporting the fund through the proceeds of a preseason game.
“We apologize to our MVP season subscribers and the fans who attended tonight’s game to celebrate the 37-year collaboration between the Bucks and the MACC Fund,” John F. Steinmiller, Executive Vice President of the Milwaukee Bucks, said. “The Bucks have already begun exploring the cause and possible solution to the situation that occurred tonight. We are in touch with league officials and will determine the next steps as soon as possible to ensure that our Nov. 2 home opener at the BMO Harris Bradley Center will be played as scheduled.”