The first winter storm of 2014 is toying with the
New Orleans Pelicans' faceoff with the Boston Celtics.
A coastal storm is delivering heavy snow that could approach
blizzard-like conditions, high winds that will reduce visibility to almost
nothing and dangerously low wind chill in the Boston area from Thursday
late afternoon through Friday morning, according to the National Weather
Logan International Airport planned to close around 8 p.m.
Thursday until about noon Friday to avoid dangerous takeoffs and
That left the Pelicans with few options. After a
flogging at the Target Center against the Timberwolves on Wednesday
to start the new year, head coach Monty Williams had his team scheduled to
practice hard Thursday in Minneapolis before departing for Boston in the late
The team changed plans and left Minnesota several hours
early to guarantee a safe arrival in Boston ahead of the nor'easter, which is
expected to pound the general area with up to 12 inches of snow - and perhaps up to
14 inches in coastal areas.
The Pelicans touched down safely in Boston Thursday at about 5:30
The Celtics, however, are not so lucky.
They play the Bulls Thursday night in Chicago, where
lake-effect snow has already built up a blanket of white that is expected
to reach 2 feet deep when the snow stops falling.
It's doubtful the Celtics will be able to
return home to Boston to sleep in their own beds ahead of the
last leg of their back-to-back with the Pelicans Friday. Now, that call is
up to Mother Nature.
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