Pacers safe and accounted for in Boston; game canceled
The Indiana Pacers, in Boston for a Tuesday night game against the Celtics, are safe after multiple explosions near the finish line at the Boston Marathon. The team issued this statement Monday afternoon: "We have talked to the team and everyone in the travel party has been accounted for. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected in Boston."
The Pacers arrived in Boston last night and took a day off from practice. The team went to the Red Sox game at Fenway Park Monday.
Monday evening, the NBA announced the game was canceled and will not be rescheduled.
"The NBA expresses its sympathy to all those affected by the tragedy in Boston earlier today," the league wrote in a release announcing the cancellation.
Pacers forward Paul George posted this message to his Twitter account: "Crazy how I went to go check out the Boston Marathon race earlier today... Such a great event turned into a tragedy! #Pray4Boston"
The team is staying about a mile away from the explosion site.
"I was really going to walk over toward the finish line," said Pacers TV announcer Chris Denari in a phone interview from his hotel room. "For some reason, I got caught doing some stuff in the room and I didn't do it. I sure am glad that I didn't."
Making cell phone calls after the explosion was difficult to impossible. But team personnel were able to communicate via text messages, email and social media to learn that everyone in the Pacers travel party is okay.
"A couple of our assistant coaches and our equipment manager were walking back from Fenway Park," said Denari. "They heard the explosions and then saw the police cars and everything sort of roar by."
Pacers reserve Sam Young posted this message on his Twitter account: "Wow, me and my teammate were at that marathon supporting them runners, God Bless all that was hurt and affected by this explosion!"
"To know that it happened just about a mile away is really disconcerting," said Denari. "You just feel heart sick for all the people involved."