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February 25, 2008 1:38 PM

Watson staying home; Wilkins to have MRI

Posted by Percy Allen

Guard Earl Watson will not travel with the Sonics today to the Bay Area for tomorrow's game against Golden State becasue he's battling an upper respiratory infection.

Forward Donyell Marshall, who has flu-like symptoms and a fever above 100 degrees, will also skip the trip.

Forward Damien Wilkins is having an MRI exam on his strained right wrist and it's uncertain if he'll make the team plane. At the very least, he's listed as doubtful for tomorrow.

Forward Chris Wilcox, who missed Sunday's games because of a bronchial infection, is expected to make trip, but he too is doubtful.

That leaves the Sonics with just nine healthy players. They will not sign anyone to a 10-day contract because they have 15 players on the roster and they do not want to waive anybody.

Point guard Luke Ridnour will his third start this season in place of Watson and Mickael Gelabale is the backup. Coach P.J. Carlesimo joked that in an emergency he'll turn to Kevin Durant and Nick Collison for point-guard duty.

The Sonics will have their hands full against Baron Davis and Monta Ellis. They are the highest scoring backcourt duo in the NBA averaging, 40.9 points per game.

During a 15 minute discussion after practice, Carlesimo said the emphasis on the remaining 27 games is to develop rookies Kevin Durant and Jeff Green and give significant playing time center Johan Petro and Gelabale.

"The remainder of the season is very telling for Gelly and Joe," Carlesimo said.

It's curious that he did not mention Ridnour, which fuels speculation that the team is resigned to move him during the offseason. At the beginning of the season, Carlesimo talked frequently about wanting to start Ridnour and discover what he can do in Carlesimo's system.

The coach hasn't talked about anything like that recently.

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Posted by easternWAsonic

2:39 PM, Feb 25, 2008

To all the Presti Haters, This from Bill Simmons of ESPN Page 2: "Since I'm the VP of Common Sense and all, I have to devote a paragraph to praising Seattle GM Sam Presti for turning Rashard Lewis, a guy who was leaving, anyway, into three first-round picks. Amazing. One of the picks (Phoenix's 2010 pick) even has an outside chance of landing in the lottery if Shaq and Steve Nash go south within the next three years. Presti's Sonics hold 13 picks in the next three years, including six first-rounders. As Mad Dog Russo would say, "Sammy, that's a great job by you! That's just a great job right there!"

On the flip side, Presti has to be slammed a little for how the Ray Allen trade turned out: Basically, the Sonics dealt Ray Allen and "Big Baby" Davis for Jeff Green and Donyell Marshall's corpse and saved $10 million for the 2008-09 season ... money that they won't be spending on players because their soulless owner is busy destroying a 41-year history of professional basketball in Seattle. Does that sound like a good deal to you? Didn't think so. I'd have more to say here, but the poor Sonics fans are like abused dogs in an animal shelter right now. Let's just move on."

Posted by Greg

6:26 PM, Feb 25, 2008

The way things are with the Sonics point guards, it's going to be a matter of time before those two ineffective point guards get kicked out of the team. Watson and Ridnour are just too stupid to figure out their roles with the Sonics. They have not made it easier for the team's big guys to get the ball into the paint and instead they themselves force their layups and get blocked or launches jumpers which are missing the goal too many times. Check the statistics; Watson, 5-17 shooting, only 8 assists, 5 rebounds in 26 minutes and Ridnour, 3-7 shooting, 5 assists, 1 rebound in 21 minutes. They don't need scoring and taking too many attempts at the basket and they need more than 10 assists per game each!

I just don't think they fit in that well with the Sonics future, if they continue the same way!!!
Jason Kidd, Tony Parker and Mike Bibby don't shoot first attitude, they pass the ball with just a few dribbles and when passed back to them, pass it to another teammate. They don't want to hold the ball too long and they create for the big guys on their team! That's the way a point guard should function. Don't know where in the world did they learn such nonsense of play making!

Posted by Mike

4:37 AM, Feb 26, 2008

Ridnour is the starter as point guard for the Sonics in the Warriors game. Good luck for him as one of the games they had with Baron Davies giving him the a hard time. Baron was shoving him so much that Ridnour had to stop dribbling the ball and asked him to stop it and referees had to stop play to warn both of them to cut it out.

Ridnour should play hard, be physical, play smart basketball to collect fouls and pass the ball quickly before Baron or Monte Ellis starts harrassing him. Or just let the big guy, Michael Gelabale handle Baron and Monte on both ends of the court (defending and shooting over them).

Posted by Jake

4:48 AM, Feb 26, 2008

Folks around the league also took notice of Gelabale’s play, as his name popped up in trade speculation prior to last week’s trade deadline. Phoenix reportedly was interested in Gelabale.

Seattle’s second-round pick and the 48th pick overall in the 2005 draft, Gelabale is in the final season of a two-year, $1.6 million contract with the Sonics.

Gelabale will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season, meaning the Sonics can match any offer. And it’s possible another team could come after Gelabale, similar to Minnesota signing Wilkins to a five- year, $15 million deal three years ago, which the Sonics matched.

“I think the rest of the season is going to be very telling for Gelly and Jo (Petro) going forward,” Carlesimo said. “And early returns are it’s going to be positively telling, so that’s good.”

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Posted by mike

8:39 PM, Feb 26, 2008

watching the sonics play with 3 minutes to go before half time I can see why they are losers. They are stupid!!!

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