Saturday’s Pacers-Rockets game postponed due to severe weather

The Houston Rockets won’t return to action on Saturday, as hoped. 

On Friday, the NBA confirmed that Saturday’s matchup between the Rockets and Indiana Pacers has been postponed “due to government shutdown of Toyota Center because of severe weather conditions in Houston.”

A makeup date for the game wasn’t mentioned in the Association’s brief statement.

The Rockets added: “Following discussions with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and the NBA, the Rockets game scheduled at Toyota Center vs. Indiana on Saturday, Feb. 20 has been postponed due to utility shortages and other issues in the area caused by inclement weather this week.” 

Previously, Houston’s home game against the Dallas Mavericks set for Friday was called off because of the extreme winter weather that left thousands of Texas residents without electricity, hot water or drinking water, and that also caused some grocery stores across multiple states to temporarily close. 

Several pro athletes, including NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III and cornerback and two-time Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award nominee Pierre Desir, have donated thousands of meals to Texas food banks this week to help during the catastrophe. 

The Rockets (11-17) are next scheduled to host the Chicago Bulls on Monday. Indiana (15-14) could be idle until Wednesday’s home game against the Golden State Warriors.

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