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January 6, 2008 4:11 PM
Posted by Percy Allen
Just a three-man effort for the Sonics today. Ok maybe four because I wasn't including Kevin Durant, but I guess you have to since he scored a team-high 19 points. Still, he needed 21 shots to get there and eight points came in the fourth quarter when the game was decided.
Only Nick Collison (13 points and 17 rebounds), Kurt Thomas (13 rebounds and 7 points) and Wally Szczerbiak (18 points) really came to play.
Everyone else looked as if they were effected by the early 1 p.m. start (10 a.m. PST) or something else. Coach P.J. Carlesimo said rookies Durant and Jeff Green were adversely effected with playing at home and more than hinted that they weren't properly rested.
Green certainly had an awful game with five turnovers, five fouls and 4-for-13 shooting for eight points.
Delonte West struggled for a second straight game and it's safe to say that the guy is just inconsistent. Before this little mini-slump, he had a season-best performance (19 points and 8 assists) against Boston. But that might have been because he was motivated to play his former team. He followed that game with two strong outings and has since fallen off.
It seemed the return of Luke Ridnour threw him off in Phoenix when West went scoreless and had no assists in 18 minutes. Celtics coach Doc Rivers told me West is somone who "needs to feel love," and he hasn't gotten that this season. Whenever his minutes might get cut or he's in a competition for a spot in the rotation, West hasn't responded.
It's pretty safe to say that Carlesimo's idea to experiment with the point guards was a mistake. No one has really stepped up and all of them have suffered becasue of it. And here's the funny part, Carlesimo didn't rotate the guards as much as he wanted to because of injuries.
If they were healthy, each would have probably started an equal amount of games. As it is, Earl Watson has started 27 games, West four and Ridnour two.
Ridnour didn't play Sunday for the first time since returing from left quad soreness. And with Collison in the starting lineup for injured Chris Wilcox, the bench is weakend.
It's clear that Damien Wilkins hasn't embraced his new role as a reserve. He was scoreless for the second straight game and he's scored just two points in the past three games. On Sunday, he got just 11 minutes, attempted two shots and committed two turnovers.
Finally note: As a favor to the Washington D.C. guys, Carlesimo chose to stay here on Sunday and practice at the Wizards practice facility on Monday before flying to Cleveland for Tuesday's game.
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