BOSTON (WISH) - The Pacers' game against the Boston Celtics tomorrow at TD Garden has been canceled amidst the events at the Boston Marathon. It will not be rescheduled.
The Pacers spent the day in Boston Monday .We spoke with the team this afternoon, and everyone, including the team and the rest of the party, is accounted for.
Several players including Paul George, Sam Young, and Orlando Johnson, and Pacers personnel spent some time over at the marathon, according to Twitter.
Paul George tweeted:
Crazy how I went to go check out the Boston Marathon race earlier today.. Such a great event turned into a tragedy! #Pray4Boston— Paul George (@Paul_George24) April 15, 2013
Sam Young tweeted:
Wow, me and my teammate were at that marathon supporting them runners, God Bless all that was hurt and affected by this explosion!— Sam Young (@SamYoung4) April 15, 2013
One of the team's public relations representatives, David Benner, was near the finish line almost 90 minutes before the explosion. He only learned of the attack on TV once he returned to the team hotel.
"There was a lot of people there, a lot of participants and their families, so the atmosphere was very good. You didn't even think of anything like this," Benner told 24 Hour News 8's Amanda Maynard. "It felt extremely safe. You're walking around. You can move freely. You just had to negotiate the streets and the barricades and things like that, but you felt very safe. There was a lot of police. To me it seemed very secure, and it just goes to show you that anything can happen. You view this as unthinkable and then you turn on the television set and then all of sudden it's very thinkable."
Pacers play-by-play announcer Chris Denari decided against heading down to the famed race, but spoke with some of the team personnel who did.
"They heard the explosions, and I talked to one of them in the lobby a little bit after that. They just were recounting all of a sudden ambulances and fire trucks and everything came racing by," Denari told 24-Hour News-8. "It looks like Sam Young and Paul George also went down to the area, because they wanted to be a part of the Boston Marathon, one of the greatest sporting events in the world, but the good news is all the people with the Pacers party are okay and accounted for."
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