After falling to the Indiana Pacers on Saturday, the New Orleans Pelicans were looking to a couple of much-needed days off to prepare for Tuesday’s game against the Miami Heat.
Instead, they have spent the last two days confined to an airplane or to their hotel rooms. As of Monday evening, the Pelicans still had not departed Indianapolis due to an undisclosed issue with the plane, NOLA.com reports.
“We were taxiing from the terminal when the maintenance lights turned,” Pelicans spokesman Matt Ryan told NOLA’s John Reid via text message. “Now sitting while maintenance works on the plane.”
That was the Pelicans’ third attempt to leave on Monday and their fourth attempt in two days. The Pelicans were scheduled to leave Sunday morning but spent more than two hours on the tarmac. The flight was cancelled when workers could not get the plane de-iced or clear the runway of snow.
The Pelicans are scheduled to conclude a four-game road trip Tuesday in Miami. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET, assuming they can get there.