Follow the Sonics off and on the court with reporters Percy Allen and Jayda Evans.
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February 4, 2008 11:34 PM
Posted by Jayda Evans
It was good to see C Robert Swift back on the court. He played in his first game since Nov. 11, sitting out due to complications with his surgically repaired right knee. Swift entered the game in the fourth quarter when teammate Kurt Thomas left with a scratched right eye.
Although Swift looked gassed, he was active in scoring four points and grabbing a rebound in five minutes of play. He was a lift, but the Sonics overall lacked energy and that led to the loss. Normally you'd see Nick Collison or Chris Wilcox leaping high for boards or igniting their team with dunks, but Wilcox didn't get a real flashy play until the waning minutes and Collison barely reached for loose balls.
Swift said he felt good, however.
"There were no problems," he said. "Coach told me at halftime to be ready that I might be going in. He called a timeout and called me over and that was about it. I've been doing a lot of conditioning and of course it's nothing like actually playing and getting conditioning while playing. But it felt good and there were no problems with the knee."
Thomas said Bulls forward Andres Nocioni inadvertently scratched his right cornea during a play in the third quarter. Thomas is taking antibiotics and putting drops in his eye to help the healing process.
"Hopefully it'll be fine in two days," he said.
Meanwhile Bulls guard Krik Hinrich remained in Seattle overnight to have more tests on his bruised ribs. The team traveled to Portland for its game against the Blazers on Wednesday.
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