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Magic, Heat slip-sliding away on damp court in Tampa before tonight’s game

Oct 22, 2010, 2:56 PM EDT

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NBA courts get a little wet, what with sweaty men running up and down it, running into each other and falling to the ground. There’s a reason people are out there drying off the courts all game.

But when the court is wet even before the game starts? Not good.

That’s what is happening today in Tampa, where the Heat and Magic are scheduled for a preseason tilt. There they put in a temporary court over the ice where the Tampa Bay Lightning play.

Ira Winderman tweeted that the court was slick, but Magic coach Stan Van Gundy took it to another level, only going through a walk-through with players then talking to the Associated Press.

“The court’s not playable in the condition it’s in right now,” Van Gundy said Friday morning, before the scheduled 7:30 p.m. tip-off. “We’re not going to put people out there to get hurt.”

The Lightning played last night and arena crews were working, saying that the situation should be fine by game time. The Arenas has hosted basketball before, including rounds of the NCAA men’s and women’s tournament.

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