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April 6, 2008 11:01 PM
Posted by Percy Allen
George Karl may have waxed poetically about Seattle and the Sonics before the game, but afterwards he was in no mood to talk about relocation.
"That's the furthest thing from my mind right now," the Denver coach said when asked about the possiblitity that he coached his last game in Seattle.
This was crushing defeat for the Nuggets who fell into an eighth place tie with Golden State for the eighth playofff spot in the West.
It was also an uplifting victory for the Sonics who snapped a five-game losing streak and need to win their remaining five games to setting the record for the worst mark in franchise history. They are 18-59 and the inaugural team in 1967-68 finished 23-59.
Some quick thoughts on the game ... you don't need a crystal ball to see that the Sonics will have many more nights like this in their future. Only the inexhaustable Allen Iverson (55:38 minutes) played more than Kevin Durant (51:14) and Jeff Green (49:28) and the two Seattle rookies looked as if they could play a few more extra periods.
Conisder this, the Sonics had 15 turnovers and KD and JG combined for 11.
Some other numbers that jump out, Green sank 14 of 21 shots and Durant was 11 of 24. That's efficient.
The Sonics had just two blocked shots, which should be an alarm that the team could use a shot-blocking center. I know Mo Sene is a project, but he may still figure into their plans. Depending on their lottery luck, everybody assumes the Sonics will draft Memphis freshman Derrick Rose, but it wouldn't be so odd if the team gambles on another center. One of the Lopez twins would be an interesting choice.
Tonight's game was a nice showcase for Luke Ridnour and the team will certainly point to this game when it shops him this summer. He still has skills and he can be a starter with the right team. Ridnour thrives in games like these. Tonight he had 19 points on 9-for-14 shooting, eight assists, four rebounds and no turnovers in 35 minutes. He even blocked a shot.
As good as Green was tonight - and he was pretty doggone special - we're still waiting to see his playmaking ability. His career high in assists is six, which seems a little low for someone who is 12th on Georgetown's all-time list.
Still, give the rookie credit for adapting to Denver's defesne, powering to the basket and converting difficult layups against shot blockers like Marcus Camby and Kenyon Martin. Just when it seemed as if he was falling in love with the three-point shot, he unveils a solid mid-range game and shows that he's able to convert in traffic.
And what can you say about Durant? The two three-pointers that forced overtime should seal up his ROY campaign. Anyone who thinks Al Horford is more deserving just doesn't know basketball.
One last note, check the replay on Durant's last three-pointer and you'll see that he almost pulled off a Gilbert Arenas move. Durant turned away just after his trey settled into the net with 5.1 seconds left and simply smiled. I asked him about it and he laughed before saying he was going to turn around and walk to the other end before the shot went in. "Naw, I'm just playing. But I thought about it for a second. But I wouldn't do that."
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