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March 9, 2008 10:11 AM

Toronto game thread

Posted by Percy Allen

0-4 --- The losing streak extends to four games after this 114-106 loss.

PAGING A CUTMAN --- Ridnour stumbled face first and opened a cut over his left eye. He knocked down two free throws, to cut Seattle's deficit to 103-98, but had to leave because the cut continued bleeding.

FREE PIZZA --- Bargnani drained a long jumper that gave the Raptors a 101-86 lead and gave the fans free pizza. There's eight minutes remaining. The Sonics defense is just running through the motions now. It's anyone's guess how much Toronto finishes with. Wilcox is the only one playing with any real energy right now.

THIRD QUARTER --- Once the Sonics fell behind, they fought for a few minutes before succumbing to a Toronto run. They trail 89-79 going into the fourth and it's going to take a huge effort to come back and steal this game. Toronto is exploiting the Seattle from the outside and in the middle. Parker has a game-high 18 points. Wilcox leads Seattle with 17.

FAST-PACED QUARTER --- For about six minutes, both teams missed about five shots. It was an impressive display of shot making. Parker got hot from the three-point line and knoced down two behind the arc. Wilcox (two dunks) kept the Sonics close and Watson and Durant each added layups. Durant, however, is a little out of control. He's on the bench now.

6-0 RAPTORS RUN --- Toronto moved ahead 60-58 largely because Watson had two turnovers and they are not putting a body on the Raptors as they dive to the basket. It's an early timeout for the Sonics, but Carlesimo had to do something. No lineup changes.

BARGNANI BOMBS AWAY --- Bargnani has converted just 2 of 11 shots. He has six points. Toronto, which has attempted more three-pointers than any team in the NBA, has taken 12 and converted four. Seattle is 2 for 3 behind the arc.

HALFTIME --- Petro came in for a few seconds to relieve Wilcox, who had two fouls, but he was quickly replaced by Wilkins for a last-minute scoring situation. Seattle still holds a 58-54 lead. Wilcox scored just two points in the second, but still leads everyone with 13 points. Watson has 10 points and six assists. Durant was scoreless in the second and still has nine points. Raptors reserve Carlos Delfino scored all 11 of his points in the quarter.

STARTERS BACK IN, EXCEPT ONE --- Petro is the only starter who is not on the floor. Collison is manning the center position.

GELABALE GETS TIME --- The death of the Gelabale experiament may have been exaggerated. He's played six minutes and has two points. Still his performance doesn't make a strong case that he deserves more minutes. He's not being aggressive.

THREE MINUTES LATER --- The Sonics call timeout and their lead is now 46-43 with all the momentum having swung to the Raptors. Damien Wilkins is trying to keep the second unit afloat. He's sank all three of his baskets for seven points, but the reserves just don't have enough firepower. Carlesimo is subbing in Wilcox and Green.

IMPORTANT STRETCH --- The Sonics don't have a starter on the floor and in past games this is when they struggle. The score is 39-30 Seattle. This group (Mickeal Gelabale, Petro, Collison, Wilkins and Ridnour) will be out there about four minutes. It will be interesting to see how they fare.

BETTER EFFORT --- The Sonics have shaken the malaise that hampered them the past two games. There's a little life on the bench. Players are sharing the ball and making shots. Case in point, Nick Collison sank a fallaway jumper from about 20 feet.

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES --- Play was momentarily stopped because the game clock above the Sonics basket is malfuctioning.

FIRST QUARTER --- It's a three-man effort right now for Seattle, which leads 31-24. Wilcox has 11 on 4-for-7 shooting, Durant has nine on 4-for-6 and Watson has six on 2-for-2 shooting. Parker has eight points for Toronto.

GOOD START --- Sonics lead 25-18. Durant has nine and Wilcox seven.

NO BOSH --- Toronto F Chris Bosh is still resting his sore right knee, which pushed Nesterovic in the starting lineup.

BIG GAME FOR PETRO --- Petro is paired against Nesterovic, who was with coach P.J. Carelsimo in San Antonio. If Petro fares poorly, then Carlesimo has hinted that he'll turn to Nick Collison or Francisco Elson to start the next few games. A solid game from could Petro could save his job.

GOOD MORNING --- It's a decent matinee crowd at the Air Canada Centre considering folks are still digging itself out of a snow storm that blanketed the city for the past 36 hours. The snowy conditions made travel extremely difficult, but more on that later.

STARTING LINEUPS

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

TORONTO
F -- Jamario Moon
F -- Andrea Bargnani
C -- Rasho Nesterovic
G -- Anthony Parker
G -- Jose Calderon

Officials -- Rodney Mott, John Goble and Zach Zarba

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