The Atlanta Hawks penultimate game of the regular season, and the team’s final home game, against the Toronto Raptors at Philips Arena on Tuesday night has been moved from 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET and will now be televised by TNT. It will be the first of two games airing on the network that night.
The change was made because the game between the Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics was canceled in light of the bombing that took place at the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon. The Hawks were originally slated to play only on local television.
Tuesday’s game between the Celtics and Pacers is of no consequence to the standings as both teams have made the playoffs and already are locked into their seedlings, so the NBA canceled the game outright.
“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,” read a statement on the Boston Celtic’s website.
The statement went on to say, “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. on Tuesday, April 16.”
The team had earlier sent out condolences to those affected by the bombing.
“Our sincere sympathies go out to all those affected by this senseless tragedy,” the statement read. “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.”
TNT will now air the Toronto at Atlanta game at 8 p.m. immediately followed by the Portland Trailblazers at the LA Clippers at 10:30 p.m.
The New England Patriots also released a statement Monday night, saying their “thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and all who were injured by the bombings.
“Due to the tragic events, the Patriots have respectfully postponed their pre-draft press conference that was scheduled at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday, April 16. We plan to reschedule the press conference later this week.”
With just two games remaining, the Hawks need a victory to hold off Chicago for the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Bulls hold the tie-breaker over Atlanta, though, having won two of the three meetings. The Hawks finish the season in New York against the Knicks, a team that has already locked up the East’s number two seed.
The Hawks will face fourth-place Brooklyn if they finish fifth, and Central Division champion Indiana should they fall to sixth. They’ve split their four games with each club.
National TV schedule for April 16:
Local Eastern Network
Toronto at Atlanta 8:00 PM 8:00 PM TNT
Portland at L.A. Clippers 7:30 PM 10:30 PM TNT
Notice of the updated NBA schedule was sent out April 15 at 9:34 p.m. ET