The NBA announced on Thursday that the Pacers will play the Pelicans in New Orleans on Wednesday, March 21 after their original game scheduled for February 7 was postponed due to a leaky roof at the Smoothie King Center.
The strange situation, which included an initial two-hour delay before giving the Pacers an extra night off in New Orleans, ends up working out quite well for the Blue and Gold. Consider the postponement gave the team an extra day off and more time for Victor Oladipo to recover from an illness which forced him to miss the prior game, a loss to the Washington Wizards.
The rested Pacers went into Boston two days later and won 97-91 with Oladipo making big plays down the stretch to close out the win. The team went on to win their remaining two games before the All-Star break.
The March 21 date also fits well in the Pacers schedule, sandwiched between home games against the Lakers and Clippers with a day off on the Tuesday before and Thursday after the trip to New Orleans. The date is not so great for the Pels since it will force them to play three consecutive home games.
That is, if the roof doesn’t leak. I guess when your gym causes the postponement you can’t really complain about the make-up plans.