In a press release tonight, the Celtics announced that the NBA has canceled Tuesday’s game against the Indiana Pacers:
Out of respect to all those who have been impacted by the tragic events today in Boston, including members of the extended Celtics family, the Boston Celtics and the NBA have decided to cancel the game scheduled for Tuesday, April 16, between the Boston Celtics and the Indiana Pacers.
The game will not be rescheduled. Instructions for any fans holding tickets to the game will be provided on Celtics.com after 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16.
Our sincere sympathies go out to all those affected by this senseless tragedy. The entire Celtics organization would like to acknowledge the heroic efforts of the brave civilian, police, fire and medical personnel responding today in the City of Boston.
The game would not matter in terms of playoff seeding, but that’s not really the point.
The city of Boston took a serious hit this afternoon as the city was subjected to horrible acts against innocent citizens. As easy as it is for the natural reaction to be disgust that something this atrocious could occur in our society– people’s responses to these acts is a far truer reflection of our society and the City of Boston. The outpouring of support at blood banks, the long list of people who offered housing, the courage and selflessness of all of those who put their lives on the line to rush people to safety– those are the people who truly reflect Boston and the United States of America. My thoughts are with everyone in Boston tonight, as there is not a shred of doubt that Boston will show how strong it truly is in the face of such unthinkable tragedy.