UPDATE (4:59 p.m.): The game has been postponed
Ricky Rubio and Karl-Anthony Towns are leaving the arena. Blazers and Timberwolves postponned.— Jason Quick (@jwquick) March 7, 2017
The Portland Trail Blazers’ March 6 matchup with the Minnesota Timberwolves may be in jeopardy due to condensation in the Target Center. The court is too slick for players to safely perform as the scheduled 5:00 p.m. tip-off approaches.
Multiple Blazers players complaining the court at Target Center is slippery. Lillard just said there is "no way" they can play on it.— Mike Richman (@mikegrich) March 6, 2017
Trail Blazers digital content specialist Cody Sharrett speculates that the ice remaining under the court from Friday’s Disney On Ice event is the cause of the problem.
60 degrees right now in Minneapolis + Ice left from Disney On Ice under the boards = bad news pic.twitter.com/PRefrjEyG1— Cody Sharrett (@CodySharrett) March 6, 2017
While attendants attempt to fix court conditions, Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard states that the court is not presently playable.
The players have now been asked to leave the court as the Timberwolves prepare a briefing.
players have been asked to leave the court. briefing coming shortly from Wolves.— Kent Youngblood (@BloodStrib) March 7, 2017
Official word should come around 4:45 p.m. As of now, Minnesota Vice President of Communications Brad Ruiter states that they plan to play the game.
"We are planning on playing," Brad Ruiter, Minnesota VP of Communications.— Jason Quick (@jwquick) March 7, 2017
More as this story develops.