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The game was scheduled to be the 21st NBA game played in Mexico, and the first since Houston and Dallas played a regular-season game there in 1997.
Wednesday’s game was scheduled to feature two teams who combined have 17 international players on their roster. That would have been the most ever for an NBA game. The Spurs have 10, the Wolves seven.
“There are good players all over the world and it’s great to showcase 17 of them tonight,” Popovich said before alarms sounded and smoke reached the Spurs’ locker room room. “It shows there are players everywhere.”
Adelman recently expressed his displeasure about having to face a 15-3 Spurs team that reached last season’s NBA Finals without the benefit of a Target Center home-court advantage and with the hassle of having to travel 1,800 miles after a hectic November in which they played a franchise-record 18 games by the month’s end.
“When you have 41 home games, it’s not a good idea to give away a home game against the Western Conference champions,” he said. “I’d rather play ’em here.”
Information from the Associated Press was included in this report.