Friday , Mar , 25 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

‘Threat’ against Pacers delays game; teams will play

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Indiana’s first game at the Palace of
Auburn Hills since the infamous “brawl game” that resulted in a major black
eye for the NBA, was delayed for more than an hour with what was reported as a
“specific threat against the Indiana Pacers,” according to FSN’s broadcast
team.

At approximately 9;00 p.m. (et), the public announcer at the arena said the
game was to begin in 20 minutes.

FSN Reporter Stacy Paetz said the Indiana team was sent back to its bus and
left the Palace after a threat was made against the team. The bus has
reportedly returned, and the team has entered the arena.

The Michigan State-Duke NCAA Tournament game was being broadcast over the
Jumbotron to keep the fans entertained.

Of course, this follows the notorious November 19th game when the Pistons
hosted the Pacers at the Palace — a game that had to be stopped after an
altercation between players spilled into the stands and turned into a riot.

NBA Commissioner David Stern showed no mercy in the aftermath of the melee,
suspending Indiana’s Ron Artest for the remainder of the season for his part
in the brawl, in addition to suspending eight other players for their roles.

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