In light of Monday afternoon’s tragic events at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the NBA has decided to cancel the Celtics final home game against the Indiana Pacers
Tuesday’s scheduled game did not not carry any playoff implications. Indiana, which is currently in third place in the Eastern Conference, cannot catch the second seeded Knicks, and cannot be caught by the Nets by virtue of a tiebreaker. Boston clinched the seventh seed on Saturday night with a win over Orlando, and they are unable to catch the sixth seeded Bulls because Chicago holds a tie-breaker.
Both teams will finish the season with 81 games played, and the Celtics will take on the Knicks in the first round of the playoffs.
The Celtics released the following statement:
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. tomorrow.
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.