A bizarre incident during Sunday afternoon's game between the Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs caused a long delay to the game four matchup.
With just under two minutes gone in the second quarter and the Spurs leading 25-23, the FedExForum court was plunged into darkness after a power failure.
As reported by ESPN's Sports Center the unlikely situation was caused by a power surge at the Memphis arena that affected downtown Memphis as a whole.
San Antonio Express-News reporter Jabari Young posted a picture of the scene:
The power surge, apparently caused by a county-wide drop in voltage, not only took out the lights in the arena but seemed to affect a lot of the electronic equipment too. The ABC/ESPN broadcast of the game, for instance, froze just as the lights went out with Tony Parker in possession for the Spurs.
The ABC/ESPN broadcast of the game, for instance, froze just as the lights went out with Tony Parker in possession for the Spurs.
Fortunately, after around an 18-minute delay, normal order was restored and the game was able to get back underway.
Both rosters remained out on the court during the power outage in order to keep warm and, hopefully, avoid any unnecessary injuries.
Apparently the lights took such a long time to return to full working order because, after malfunctioning, they required a cool down period before restarting.
With the game now back in full swing, let's hope the plays don't need their own cool down period.