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March 26, 2008 10:36 PM
Posted by Percy Allen
If the Sonics slow down Roger Mason, they win this game. Instead, he scored 17 of his 22 in the fourth quarter and drained a career-high tying six three-pointers. Here's the Associated Press story.
It seemed so easy on the sidelines that the Sonics needed to assign Kevin Durant to Mason rather than Damien Wilkins. But Durant said afterward that even if he were assigned to Mason, he might not have stopped him the way he was shooting.
Maybe the kid is right. Mason sank all five of his three-pointers in the fourth.
Still this was a lost opportunity. Midway in the third quarter when the Sonics had a 17-point lead I had a wrote the top half of my game story applauding their newfound defensive wizardry and questioning how silly the questions were a week ago about how this team had quit on the season.
Needless to say, none of that will make it in Thursday's story. Still it doesn't appear as if the team has quit on the season. At least not everybody. Earl Watson probably shouldn't have played because of a right calf contusion, but he gutted it out.
Not sure about Chris Wilcox, however. He visited a hand specialist to look at his sprained right pinkie and will talk with his agent Jeff Schwartz tomorrow and could shut it down for the final 11 games.
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