Pacers return from Boston with heavy hearts

Team was nearby at time of explosions

INDIANAPOLIS - RTV6 caught up with the Pacers as they arrived back in Indianapolis from Boston Tuesday afternoon.

The Pacers were scheduled to play the Celtics Tuesday night but the game was canceled during the aftermath of the Boston Marathon explosions.

A few of the players said they were only blocks away from the explosions.

Players and other members of the team were thankful to be home and reflected on their experience in Boston.

Ben Hansbrough was too shaken up to talk. He told RTV6 he just wanted to get the event off his mind.

Other members of the team shared their prayers and concerns for Boston.

“We want to send prayers to Boston, it was a shock to the world, all we can do is pray for everybody and we are happy to be home safe. We didn’t see anything visibly, but we saw it on the news at the hotel. It is sad and all we can do is pray,” said D.J. Augustin.

“Such a tragedy, but it is good we were able to get home safe. We were close, when it happened, myself, David, Sam and OJ, we were at the marathon watching them run by. We were a mile away from the finish line, right in the area, something almost made us go to wait for the people at the finish line, but David decided we should head out and get to the hotel. An hour or hour and a half passed and that is when the accident happened,” Paul George said.

“It is a blessing. Anything could have happened, prayers go out to the families who were injured and lost lives in Boston, but we are happy to be back safe and sound,” George Hill said. “From schools to movie theaters and marathons, it makes you think about things differently, it feels like you aren’t safe anymore, we all have to know that and be cautious and amp up security, it is our job to go out there and perform and have fun and play out there.”

The explosions in Boston now raise questions about the security of future events around the country.

The game against the Celtics will not be rescheduled.

The next Pacers game will be Wednesday at 8 p.m. against the Philadelphia 76ers.

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