After the teams were introduced and the anthems performed,
Raptors coach Kevin O'Neill and Cavs coach Paul Silas complained to
officials about the heat in the building.
The players were sent back to their locker rooms, while kids
wiped the floor with towels, and the heat was turned down.
Players tried to warm up again about 45 minutes after the
scheduled start, but to no avail. The Cavaliers had already left
the building for their bus while fans in the arena awaited word on
whether the game would be played.
"I think we all were concerned once we came out and the floor
was still slippery," said Toronto's Michael Curry, who is also the
president of the NBA players' association. "They did a good job of
trying to make the floor better, but I think it was just too
dangerous of a chance to take to go out.
"Toronto, we led the league in player-games missed last year
(due to injury), so we definitely don't need to have a situation
where a player gets hurt because the floor isn't adequate."
Toronto general manager Glen Grunwald addressed the angry crowd
after the game, promising the Raptors would return and play within
It was raining, foggy and 64 degrees during the day -- and a
sellout crowd of 7,500 squeezed into Mile One Stadium, home to the
St. John's Maple Leafs of the AHL.
"Obviously for the fans, it's been the talk of the city," said
Richard Peddie, president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and
Entertainment, which owns the Raptors. "It is very humid outside,
it is very foggy, it is a warm day but lots of fog so the humidity