Friday night's game between the Las Vegas Aces and the Washington Mystics at Capital's One Arena was canceled, the WNBA announced
"We trust that you know the decision was not made lightly, "the statement read. "There is nothing more than playing in front of the most rabid fans in professional sports night in and out night, and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and disappointment by tonight's cancellation.
"Over the past two days ̵
The WNBA is reviewing the matter and will not make it available for at least 24 hours, according to a familiar person with the league's thinking who spoke to The Washington Post on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the circumstances. It's the first time in WNBA history that a game was canceled, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Because the league used the word "canceled" in its official release, it appears highly unlikely the game would be rescheduled. 2:20 pm
The Mystics instead of being an autograph session for fans already
"I'm really disappointed that the Las Vegas players and organization did not come to compete," Washington coach and general manager Mike Thibault said. "Every team I've been around in the WBA or the NBA or the old CBA goes through this. College teams go through it, and you have to pay the fans who pay the money.
A forfeit by the aces could have a major impact on their playoff aspirations. They entered Friday night 1½ games out of the league's final and final playoff spot.
The start of a three-game road trip started in frustrating fashion for the Aces. Travel headaches – a common gripe among WNBA players who unlike their NBA counterparts, do not fly charter.
In this instance, the Aces landing at National Airport had about 5½ hours before game time. Tip-off initially what's pushed back at 8pm.
"At first I was shocked, and then I did not believe it," Mystic's forward Monique Currie said. "I thought it would come, but then when it came out, what would it be?
The Aces' journey is expected to begin Thursday with a late-morning flight from Las Vegas to the District.
The Aces boarded a red-eye to Dallas.
The Aces boarded a red-eye to Dallas after midnight with the hopes of connecting to the District on Friday morning. Dallas was delayed.
Players went to Twitter to express their displeasure with the situation, given the importance of the road trip.
"No shoot around. No night of sleep. No beds. No food, " Las Vegas guard Kayla McBride tweeted before the team's flight took off from Dallas. "Right now we want to land in DC at 245pm that has been going straight to the gym bc of traffic and bags. , , and you want us to play? Oh ok. "
The Aces did not show up at Capital One's arena for pregame warmups.
The circumstances are hardly unique to Las Vegas. The Mystics arrived at their hotel for a game at Seattle at 3:30 am. and tipped off at 4 p.m. the same day.
Thibault also recounted the time as the coach of the Connecticut Sun when, during a 2003 blackout, he and his players bused back to their arena from Cleveland, less than an hour before tip- off.
"This is a first for me, so I have not experienced that," said Currie, a 12-year veteran in the WNBA. "I can not be in [the Aces’] shoes, and I do not know how they're feeling. It's been a long day for them; I do that. The competitor in me, i know that i would have played.