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April 4, 2008 7:13 PM

Rockets game thread

Posted by Jayda Evans

STILL STANDING: Some of the reported 14,170 fans (much less showed) are still standing around after the disappointing 79-66 loss. They're waiting for shoes, which certain players are giving away. (FYI, they'll be doing it again for the Denver and Dallas games but KD gave his away tonight). The Sonics were beyond bad tonight. They scored just 25 points in the second half and KD had his worst shooting night of the season, finishing 2-for-17 from the field for a season-low four points.

COAST-TO-COAST: Donyell Marshall returned to the lineup and just had a fastbreak dunk at the 7:25 mark that perked the crowd up. Sonics are still down 76-60.

DOWNER: Will Kuester couldn't get it done either. He missed his opportunity to even shoot for the $1 million bucket, only making a layin and free throw for a total of $150.

SPECIAL REQUEST: A fan just yelled the quote of the night, "McGrady sit down, you're killing us!" T-Mac has 18 points in the third quarter alone as Houston as built its largest lead of the game at 69-54 lead. The only anticipation left for the night is seeing if a fan can win $1 million on a round-house shooting circuit within 25 seconds.

ROUGH NIGHT: KD has spilled on the court too many times to count tonight. Some are stumbles, but he's also not getting any calls. He's also not shooting well, going 2-for-14 from the field. Petro (13 points) and Collison (11 points) are filling in while Adrian Griffin has seven off the bench. But with the Sonics' poor shooting (31.3 percent) and lack of "D," it's another long night.

ROCKETS FIRING: Houston used a 14-6 run to open the third quarter and build a 54-47 lead. T-Mac and Battier are killing the Sonics. McGrady has eight points in the spurt while Battier has three and two rebounds.

GELLY LEAVING: GM Sam Presti announced today that guard Mickael Gelabale will leave the team next week for France to have surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). He will remain in France for his rehabilitation period.

NICE PASS: Watson set-up a sweet bounce pass to Collison for a 20-foot jumper that gave the Sonics a 41-40 lead with 3.7 seconds remaining before halftime. The Rockets misfired at the other end, preserving the Supes' lead.

YOU, ME, and DUPREE: Sonics 10-day signee Ronald Dupree is making his debut. He entered with seconds remaining in the opening half and the Sonics down 40-39 after Dupree made two free throws.

CLOSING IN: As the Rockets move their subs into the game, the Sonics have made a push to close their deficit. They're still only shooting 29.7 percent from the field, but are getting inside and making a few stops by grabbing defensive rebounds. The score is 31-29 Seattle after a Luke Ridnour three-pointer and Collison block with 5:29 remaining.

ICE COLD: KD was 1-for-10 from the field to start the game. If you can believe it, Petro is carrying the team with his 3-for-6 shooting from the field. The Sonics trail 22-17 heading into the second quarter.

BIG SHOW: Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren was just introduced during a first quarter timeout. He received the loudest applause this place has heard since Ray Allen returned with his new Boston Celtics team.

HELLO ROOK: Mt. Mutombo just came crashing down on rookie Jeff Green. It looked as ugly as it probably felt for Green. The Sonics are down 15-8 after a Jackson three-pointer.

KILLER LANDRY: Sonics coach P.J. Carlesimo was pretty candid prior to game time, admitting that Houston forward Carl Landry will "kill us tonight." Landry was 7-for-8 from the field for 22 total points in two previous wins against the Sonics this season and could have more advantages due to Sonics injuries. But it's T-Mac that the Supes really fear. He's been carrying the team in the absence of Yao Ming, who's out with a knee injury. Ming is in China and held a press conference today to talk about seeking alternative routes to heal his injury before the Beijing Olympics.

CONSIDERING ADELMAN: Coaches don't get a vote, but Carlesimo said Houston coach Rick Adelman should be considered for Coach of the Year honors. The list starts with Doc Rivers (Boston) and Byron Scott (New Orleans), however. Carlesimo complimented Adelman's ability to bring different styles to his teams, coaching a primarily shooting team in Sacramento, a glitzy athletic team in Portland, and a defensive-minded Rockets squad. But Carlesimo also gave a lot of credit to Shane Battier for bringing defense to the team.

WILKINS OUT: F Damien Wilkins is still not with the team due to personal reasons.

Here are tonight's starters

F Jeff Green
F Nick Collison
C Johan Petro
G Kevin Durant
G Earl Watson

F Shane Battier
F Luis Scola
C Dikembe Mutombo
G Tracy McGrady
G Bobby Jackson

Tonight's officials are Greg Willard, Tony Brothers, and Ed Malloy.

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