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Indiana Pacers’ morning included a grounded plane, broken bus, locked bathroom, and lots of Tweets

Kelly Dwyer
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C.J. Watson, hours before his horrifying bout with a bathroom door handle (Getty Images)

The Indiana Pacers don’t play the San Antonio Spurs until Saturday, which leaves the Spurs plenty of time to rest up following the travel and eventual postponement of their hoped-for game against Minnesota in Mexico City on Wednesday. That game was shuttered because of smoke caused from a misfiring generator, the sort of haze that co-incidentally made the Pacers flight from Salt Lake City to San Antonio dodgy enough that the airplane’s pilots thought it best to land a few hours outside of San Antonio.

In the overnight Texas fog, the Pacers boarded a bus to drive them the rest of the way to their hotel. What followed, through the tweets of Pacers director of media relations David Benner and radio play by play man Mark Boyle, was a bit of a trying journey. Here are some selected documents of the next few hours:


Fog in San Antonio forced Pacers to land in Houston. Busing to S.A. and bus with 8 of travel party breaks down. I miss 17 hours to Asia.

— David Benner (@PacersDMB) December 5, 2013

6:47 AM. Bus just broke down in the middle of nowhere on the way to San Antonio. Good times.

— Mark Boyle (@Mark_J_Boyle) December 5, 2013

May push bus to What-A-Burger. Desperate times.

— David Benner (@PacersDMB) December 5, 2013

Made it to What-a-burger and greeted by this. Now now how Griswold's felt. Sorry, Moose says park closed.

— David Benner (@PacersDMB) December 5, 2013

I would say our chances of crashing are at least 50/50.

— Mark Boyle (@Mark_J_Boyle) December 5, 2013

Last night's game ended at 9:12 PM MDT. It is now 9:17 AM CDT and we're still on the bus. Not exactly Lewis and Clark, but still.

— Mark Boyle (@Mark_J_Boyle) December 5, 2013

Finally made it. Good night. Or good morning. Or whatever.

— Mark Boyle (@Mark_J_Boyle) December 5, 2013

The Pacers, most of whom are active on Twitter and other social media, curiously decided to stay quiet throughout. Save for the part when reserve guard C.J. Watson somehow locked himself in the bathroom, which led center Roy Hibbert to post this video of the ordeal on Instagram. Watch:

With two full days “off” following their various issues with gloomy haze, the Pacers and Spurs should be well-rested prior to what could be an NBA Finals preview in San Antonio on Saturday.

We hope.

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Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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