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February 22, 2008 1:50 PM

Portland game thread

Posted by Percy Allen

SCARY SCENE --- Damien Wilkins landed hard on his left hip after Aldridge fouled him on a dunk attempt. Wilkins rolled around for a few seconds in agony, but stood up and walked slowly to the bench.

SWIFT UPDATE --- Swift suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee and will be re-evaluated by Dr. Steve Lombardo in Los Angeles. It's unknown if he'll miss the rest of the season, but he won't play in the next few weeks.

THIRD QUARTER --- The Sonics led by as many as 19 points (61-42) and as few as 11 (71-60) in the period. That's the score now. Still anyone's game. The same themes are holding up. Portland can't shoot straight and the Supes are receiving balanced scoring. The Blazers will try to pound the middle and get to the free throw line. Nate McMillan is urging Portland to stop settling for long jumpers.

FANS UNREST --- At least one fan tonight doesn't like the Sonics deal-making the past two days. There's a green sign below the suite in section 108 that reads: Trade Presti.

HALFTIME --- Seattle's defense continues to get better. Portland converted 33.3 percent of its shots, which is just 14 of 42. Aldridge has a game-high 15 points, but Petro and Wilcox are not giving them anything easy inside. Durant leads Seattle with 10.

BIG RUN --- The Sonics are up 44-27 and they have absolute control of the game on both ends of the court. Portland has converted just 11 of 32 field goals (34.4 percent) while Seattle is shooting at a 45.7 percent clip.

FIRST QUARTER --- Good start for the Supes. They scored eight unanswered points to to start the game and lead 29-19 after one quarter. Four players have scored at least four points, including Watson who has seven. Aldridge is keeping Portland in the game with 10. Seattle's defense is amazing. Portland is unable to get an easy basket and it's shooting just 37.5 percent.

ELSON CHECKS IN --- The newest Sonic made his debut with 3:14 left in the first quarter. He's going to get plenty of playing time because Swift will be out for awhile.

IS THIS PORTLAND? --- There's just as many - if not more - Trail Blazer fans in the building as Sonics fans. I'm guessing it's a 50/50 split. Roy, Martell Webster and Nate McMillan, former Seattle players and icons, are obviously the reason for the high number of Portland fans.

THE NEWCOMERS --- Donyell Marshall is expected to fly to Seattle tonight, but he was stuck in traffic in Cleveland and may not have caught his flight. Ira Newble and Adrian Griffin are expected to arrive tomorrow. Carlesimo said it's possible the trio will be available for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

SWIFT UPDATE --- Center Robert Swift told coach P.J. Carlesimo that he heard a pop in his right knee, which doesn't bode well for him. The team will learn in the next hour or so the severity of the injury that occured in the second quarter of Thursday's game in Portland. Carlesimo said he expects Swift to miss at least the next several games.

STARTING LINEUPS

PORTLAND
F -- Brandon Roy
F -- LaMarcus Aldridge
C -- Joel Przybilla
G -- Jarrett Jack
G -- Steve Blake

SONICS
F -- Jeff Green
F -- Chris Wilcox
C -- Johan Petro
G -- Kevin Durant
G -- Earl Watson

Officials: Joe DeRosa, Tommy Nunez, Jr. and Rodney Mott.

PRE-GAME NOTES --- Newly acquired center Francisco Elson is on the court and practicing under the guidance of assistant Mark Bryant. It looks as if he'll make his Sonics debut tonight.

GM Sam Presti held a short press conference explaining the rationale behind the trades over the past two days.

KUODOS TO KJR --- Several ex-Sonics players, coaches and general managers were guests on KJR-AM during a daylong salute to the NBA franchise. Some of the highlights included former Senator Slade Gorton explaining the city's strategy behind the lawsuit against the Sonics.

Gary Patyon has not abandoned hopes of resuming his NBA career and said he's been talking to several teams. Shawn Kemp seems to have given up on his NBA comeback attempt and said he's focused on a development company that has projects in Bellevue and Houston. Former general manager Bob Whitsitt said he's willing to help the city can keep the team in Seattle despite threats from Commissioner David Stern and chairman Clay Bennett's attempt to move the team to Oklahoma City.

Other guest included Dale Ellis and Xavier McDaniel.

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