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February 2, 2008 5:20 PM

New York game thread

Posted by Percy Allen

ROBINSON DOWN --- He ran into a hard pick from Thomas and collided knees before crumbling tothe court. He stayed down for about a mintue before the Knicks could call timeout. After trainers came out, he walked off the court and is on the sidelines wiht an ice pack on his knee.

PRESSURE --- Thomas chose to pressure Ridnour in the backcourt and it resulted in a turnover for a layup. New York did it again on the next possession and Ridnour called timeout before being charged with a backcourt violation.

THIRD QUARTER --- Too close to call. Sonics lead 63-61 and it's anyone's game. Crawford (21 points) is heating up and Randolph (17 points) is also scoring at will. Wilcox (16 points) has cooled off and Durant (13 points) is erratic.

ROUGH AND TUMBLE --- Collison drew a flagrant foul 1 when he tried to prevent Renaldo Balkman from scoring on a fastbreak layup. It was questionable, however, Collison whacked Balkman across the head.

HEATING UP --- The Sonics managed to score on six straight possesions midway in the third quarter. During one of the possessions, Durant hammered in a breakaway dunk that will likely be the play of the game. Seattle leads 61-56.

JEKYLL AND HYDE --- Hard to believe that this is the same team that scored 40 points in the first quarter on Thursday. Other than Wilcox (11 points) and Wilkins (6 points on 3-for-5 shooting) the Sonics have yet to shoot consistently. Durant is 3 for 10. Delonte West is 1 for 5. They're shooting 39 percent as a team. New York has a lower shooting percentage (36.8), but the Knicks lead 38-34. Crawford has 14 points.

WILCOX POSTING --- Randolph doesn't have the quickness to keep Wilcox from spinning into the lane. Three times he's backed down and used a spin move before flipping up an awkward layup. Wilcox has 10 points on 5-for-7 shooting.

SONICS LEAD 17-15 --- The first quarter is over and Seattle holds a slim lead. Wilkins looks a little uncomfortable out there. It's been awhile since he's been a starter and the rust is showing. Durant leads all scorers with six points.

ROMAR WALKS IN --- Husky coach Lorenzo Romar just took a baseline seat near the opponents' bench.

STRONG REACTION --- Big cheers for Jamal Crawford and even bigger cheers for Nate Robinson, who said he purchased about 50 tickets for family friends. There was also a loud chorus of boos when Knicks coach Isiah Thomas was introduced.

GREEN FEELING BLUE --- Rookie Jeff Green will miss his first game of the season because of a sprained left ankle.

STARTING LINEUPS

NEW YORK
F -- Jamal Crawford
F -- Zach Randolph
C -- David Lee
G -- Quintin Richardson
G -- Nate Robinson

Sonics
F -- Damien Wilkins
F -- Chris Wilcox
C -- Kurt Thomas
G -- Kevin Durant
G - Earl Watson

Officials - Joe Forte, Luis Grillo and Phil Robinson.

PRE-GAME --- Kevin Durant seems to always be the first Sonic on the court for games and he gets he's finished with his warm-up routine long before anyone else takes the court.

--- Wally Szczerbiak didn't look as if he was going to play at shoot around this morning, but told me that he's going to "try and give it a go."

--- When Kurt Thomas entered the building, he greeted several Knicks employees and assistants. Thomas spent seven years in New York where he was a favorite among fans. After a few minutes, Thomas said: "Let me go get ready to bust y'all ass."
Assistant Herb Williams countered: "You ain't going to go down low so what you got to get warmed up for."
Said Thomas: "I don't need to go down low."
Williams: "All you're going to do is shoot that (jumper) and go like this." (He said while immitating Thomas' shooting motion in which he spreads his arms apart on his follow through.)
Thomas: "You know it. Aint nothing changed."

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