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March 14, 2008 7:58 PM

Minnesota game thread

Posted by Jayda Evans

MISSED OPPORTUNITIES: KD missed a long-range jumper and threw a bad pass, which Gomes converted into a jumper to make the score 115-105 with 2:28 remaining. The Sonics chopped that deficit to eight, but folks are heading for the door as the life is being zapped from the arena.

GREEN LIGHT: Bum shoulder and all, Green made an acrobatic jay while being fouled with 6:05 remaining in the game to help pull the Supes within 105-100. Minnesota got a little sloppy with the ball and drew a foul to have a couple of scoreless possessions that allowed the Sonics to wiggle back into the game.

RUNNIN' GAME: Gomes is having a party on the bench, reveling in his team taking a 97-88 lead at the end of the third quarter, using sharp shooting and strong defense. The Sonics comeback from 25 points down to defeat the T-Wolves on March 2. They need to tighten up their "D" if it's going to happen tonight. Minnesota is outscoring Seattle 14-6 on second-chance opportunities and 48-34 inside.

CREATING DISTANCE: The Supes used an 8-2 run to open the third quarter to build a seven-point lead. Minnesota is slowly coming back, however.

SOMETHING"S BREWIN': I'm seated next to Seattle Times columnist Jerry Brewer, who's having trouble containing himself during this matchup. Brewer is the second-cousin of T-Wolves rookie Corey Brewer, who scored nine of his first-half 11 in the second quarter to help keep Minnesota in the game. Brewer, the player, had a wicked dunk and some nice jumpers in his collection of points, although he did get worked over by KD on defense a few times.

CLOSE GAME: There were five lead changes and 10 ties in the second quarter after the T-Wolves used a 12-4 run in the opening quarter to dig out of an early 11-4 deficit. Sonics lead 60-57 behind Wilcox's 11 points.

WATSON HOT: Watson has made all four of his field goal attempts and has six assists.

WOLVES FIGHTING: Shooting 63.2 percent from the field, Minnesota took its second lead of the game 26-25 heading into a timeout with 1:48 remaining in the opening quarter. They are running game on the Sonics' interior, outscoring the Supes 18-12 inside the paint. Ryan Gomes is the main culprit with 10 points.

WRAPED UP: Collison is playing tonight, but will do so with while wearing a white sleeve over his bruised right elbow. He isn't wearing any protection for his knee.

Here are tonight's starters:

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

Timberwolves
F Kirk Snyder
F Ryan Gomes
C Al Jefferson
G Marko Jaric
G Randy Foye

The officials are Mike Callahan, Brian Forte, and Bill Kennedy.

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