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East Coast storm puts Sunday Knicks/Clippers game at risk

Feb 8, 2013, 2:19 PM EDT

Northeast Snow AP

The New York Knicks play Friday night in Minnesota. The Los Angeles Clippers play Friday night Miami.

NBA protocol would be for both teams to fly to New York Friday night after their games and be in the city all day Saturday leading up to their Sunday afternoon nationally televised showdown.

But the severe winter storm set to pummel the Northeast this weekend could have other plans. The Knicks and Clippers have backup plans in place in case they can’t fly into New York Friday night (which seems a safe bet at this point).

The storm could threaten the game, reports the New York Post.

(Knicks coach Mike) Woodson said if they still can’t fly into New York Saturday morning, he will hold a “shootaround practice’’ here in Minnesota. The Clippers are also having travel issues in getting into New York after their game in Miami also on Friday night.

“If we can’t get back there because of the snow we just got to adjust,’’ Woodson said. “Let’s just hope the game’s not cancelled. That’s my whole thing.’’

Boston is the city in the direct path of the storm and the Celtics are scheduled to host the Nuggets on Sunday. While Boston is at home already (having beat the Lakers Thursday night) Denver plays in Cleveland Saturday and is supposed to fly in that night for a Sunday game. That also is potentially at risk.

The league is hesitant to cancel any games, particularly nationally televised marquee ones. But the league did postpone what was to be the first game in the Nets new Barclays Center in Brooklyn in the wake of hurricane Sandy. The league has said it is monitoring the situation.

Just something to think about as you watch the Weather Channel this weekend.

  1. acdc363 - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Lots of snow here in CT

  2. fanofevilempire - Feb 8, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    New Yorkers will find a way to show up.
    Play the game.

  3. sportsnut101 - Feb 8, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Cp3 plans to miss game anyway If they can’t fly into new York they can fly to a place close then take train or bus it.

    Who cares if game is played or not I sure dont

  4. Mr. Wright 212 - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    It isn’t snowing badly here in the city. LI, CT and MA got the brunt of it. They’ll play.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Fly into Newark, problem solved.

  6. fearthehoody - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Cancel it! One less game VDN causes the Clipps to lose. Fire VDN!

  7. BigBeachBall - Feb 9, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    southern california got hammered last night with 1 inch of rain… it was nasty…

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 9, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      smart ass, I opened my front door to18″ of snow, I closed it and cried.
      I love ny.

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