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February 21, 2008 11:12 PM
Posted by Jayda Evans
My apologies about not having a game thread tonight. There were some trades, you may have heard. Anyway, the short-handed Sonics didn't look bad. You could tell they missed Kurt Thomas and Wally Szczerbiak at certain spots in the game when both normally make their contributions. There was also a lack of on-court spirit that Szczerbiak provides, but as KD said after the game, the players still pick each other up and do a good job showing that they want each other to do well.
Forward Chris Wilcox appeared dazed prior to the game because of the trades and looked it while playing. He got into early foul trouble and was off offensively, going 0-for-5 from the field for two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes. The Sonics needed his rebounding and presence inside, although Nick Collison was solid off the bench with 13 points and 14 rebounds.
Although the Sonics have played well, this was a game I predicted Portland would win simply because they're at home and had lost five of their previous games. While they are becoming more of the Blazer team most predicted prior to the season beginning, they're not a team that should be losing five straight and especially not six straight.
Funniest sight was Greg Oden's new 'do - a Mohawk. He sports it well, but it was unexpected.
Saddest sight was Swifty leaving the game again due to the right knee. It may be time to shut him down completely and start over next season. The in-and-out has to be frustrating for him and teammates. I know it's frustrating to cover and I've read the fan comments. He'll be evaluated tomorrow in Seattle.
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