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NBA postpones Hawks-Pistons game due to severe weather in Atlanta

Dan Devine
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A rare snowstorm has shut down parts of the South, including Atlanta. (AP)

UPDATE: 1/30/14, 3:25 p.m. ET: From Yahoo Sports NBA columnist Marc J. Spears:

The schedule juggling sets up what could be a tough four-games-in-five-nights stretch for Atlanta, who will follow the Pistons game with a home affair against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, April 9, before winging up to New York to take on the Brooklyn Nets on Friday the 11th and facing a quick turnaround to take on the Miami Heat at home on Saturday the 12th. Detroit loses one rest day, but still gets Thursday and Saturday off in between meetings with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors.

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The NBA has postponed Wednesday night's scheduled game between the Atlanta Hawks and Detroit Pistons at Philips Arena in Georgia due to severe weather conditions that have left Atlanta, and other parts of the southern U.S., largely paralyzed over the last 24 hours. No makeup date has yet been announced.

The Pistons were slated to take a late flight to Atlanta after beating the Orlando Magic at home on Tuesday night, but stayed put due to the inclement weather. With things not looking much brighter in Atlanta come Wednesday morning, the teams and league thought it safer for all parties to pull the plug on the contest. This marks the second postponement of a regular-season game this season, coming on the heels of the San Antonio Spurs-Minnesota Timberwolves contest in Mexico City postponed due to a generator malfunction last month.

The combination of a rare snowstorm and the eventual icing over of streets and major roadways has made traveling in and around Atlanta a nightmare. The city's response (or lack thereof) seems to have compounded the problem, resulting in gridlocked traffic and road conditions unsafe enough to force drivers and passengers to stay in their cars overnight. From ABC News:

Doctor Robert Avossa, the superintendent for Fulton County Schools in suburban Atlanta, says his district had 90 buses stuck at midnight and a handful still stuck at 7:30 a.m.

 

"We have had students, unfortunately, stuck on buses all night," Avossa said.

 

"The National Guard and other state and local officials have been helping us escort buses out of those situations."

 

Officials say all students have been safely removed from stranded buses.

 

Many of the students stuck on buses were later taken to schools, where they spent the night. Atlanta Public Schools confirmed to ABC News that several hundred students are “sheltered in place” at nine schools this morning.

 

More than 600 students remain in Marietta, Cobb County schools.

Here's hoping they, and all the rest of the citizens stuck picking through this unfortunately chaotic situation, make it home safely.

The Hawks are off until Friday, when they're scheduled to travel to Pennsylvania to take on the Philadelphia 76ers. Detroit will now be idle until Saturday, when they welcome, coincidentally, those same Sixers.

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