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WALTHAM, Mass. -- Boston Celtics president Rich Gotham said the team and NBA were on the same page regarding the cancellation of Tuesday's Celtics-Pacers game and that all parties agreed that it wasn't the right time to get back on the court.

"Obviously, after seeing the events [Monday], I think everyone across Boston, New England, shares the same feelings about what a terrible day it was, what a terrible tragedy," said Gotham. "And even a day later, the notion of playing a basketball game in these circumstances just didn't feel right to us. [Monday] after learning about it, within an hour, we picked up the phone and called the NBA, just to get their opinion and get their feelings on whether or not we should go ahead with this game and the mutual feeling was that it would be OK to cancel this game, that some things are bigger than basketball.

"Out of respect to all the people who were affected by this, the families, we felt like it was just not the circumstances we wanted to play under, and felt it would be the best way for us, as an organization, to show our respects to all the people who were impacted by this, so that's the decision we came to, along with the NBA."

Celtics coach Doc Rivers thought it was the right move.

"I didn’t want to play the game. We made that clear -- Rich and Wyc [Grousbeck] and our ownership, they were great," said Rivers. "It wasn’t the right place, it really wasn’t, to be playing a game of basketball [Tuesday]. No one would have been into it. No one wanted to go to it. Honestly, we just wanted to make sure that -- so many people are doing so many things right now, and their focus is there and that’s where it should stay. It shouldn’t be on a basketball game. This has nothing to do with safety, it was more what was right."

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Celtics-Pacers game canceled

April, 15, 2013
4/15/13
8:15
PM ET
The NBA canceled Tuesday's game between the Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers. Here's the release from the league:
The National Basketball Association game scheduled for Tuesday, April 16 between the Indiana Pacers and the Boston Celtics at TD Garden has been canceled. The game will not be rescheduled. The NBA expresses its sympathy to all those affected by the tragedy in Boston earlier today.

Both teams will finish the season with 81 games played. The Eastern Conference playoff seedings are not affected by the cancellation.

The Celtics also released a statement on the cancellation of Tuesday's game:
Out of respect to all those who have been impacted by the tragic events today in Boston, including members of the extended Celtics family, the Boston Celtics and the NBA have decided to cancel the game scheduled for Tuesday April 16 between the Boston Celtics and the Indiana Pacers.

The game will not be rescheduled. Instructions for any fans holding tickets to the game will be provided on Celtics.com after 3 p.m. tomorrow.

Our sincere sympathies go out to all those affected by this senseless tragedy. The entire Celtics organization would like to acknowledge the heroic efforts of the brave civilian, police, fire and medical personnel responding today in the City of Boston.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jeff Green
PTS AST STL MIN
19.2 1.6 0.9 34.0
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Sullinger 8.2
AssistsE. Turner 3.4
StealsK. Olynyk 1.2
BlocksK. Olynyk 0.8