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March 11, 2008 10:37 PM
Posted by Percy Allen
Time Magazine wants your help before it interviews NBA Commissioner David Stern. The Magazine is seeking questions from readers and will select 10. There's been 730 responses. Many are regarding the Sonics.
To submit a question, click on this link.
Also, check out this YouTube clip on Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Apparently, he picked up the nickname 'Dance Monkeyboy' because of an exuberant display during the 25th anniversary of Microsoft.
And you thought Howard Schultz was over the top at Sonics games. Imagine Ballmer after an overtime win against the LA Lakers.
And some final thoughts on Tuesday's game. Here's our game story about the 114-107 defeat at Indiana.
The Sonics were simply bullied by a team that's not very tough, which is a sad indictment. I hadn't known much about Pacers second-year guard Travis Diener, but came away thinking he's as good as Luke Ridnour, which is surprising. Ridnour had a mini-breakout game and finished with 12 points and eight assists. Not sure why he doesn't use his pullup three-point jumper more often.
Not sure what's wrong with Johan Petro, but there's plenty wrong with Petro. His stats (six points and seven rebounds) weren't terrible but he had a -14 plus/minus ratio and Pacers center Jeff Foster had 11 rebounds and five offensive rebounds.
Also not sure why coach P.J. Carlesimo didn't rotate Kevin Durant on Mike Dunleavy (32 points) when it became clear that Jeff Green couldn't slow down the Indiana forward. Durant leads the Sonics with 60 blocks.
It was good to see Nick Collison (15 points on 7-for-10 shooting) become more assertive with his jumper. You could hear Carlesimo urging him to shoot from the sidelines. Kevin Durant was also very selective and efficient. He sank 7 of 14 shots and finished with a team high 27 points.
But in the end, the Sonics didn't do enough defensively and I'm not sure if they will win another road game. The rest are against playoff contending teams.
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