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Follow the Sonics off and on the court with reporters Percy Allen and Jayda Evans.
Posted by Jayda Evans at 9:54 PM
It's kind of expected at the end of a long road trip, but given that the Sonics now have three days in between games, you'd think they would have pushed through to get this win. Especially since they led by 10 in the opening quarter.
The Sonics split their matchups in Utah last season with a different roster, yet being up by 10 in a building you know is rough to play in should spark something. It didn't.
The loss of Kurt Thomas hurt, only I have a feeling at 35-years-old he would have showed signs of fatigue in this game. The real pain probably came from rookie Kevin Durant. He picked up three quick fouls, which limited him to six minutes in the opening half. Everything can't be pinned on him, but the Sonics needed scoring to complement Wally Szczerbiak's 24 points and Thomas is their offensive leader at 20.3.
He was a combined 7-for-28 in the back-to-back set.
Sonics coach P.J. Carlesimo griped, again, about the travel for the opening part of the season. All teams have at least one horrible trip and this one was rough since the Sonics zigzagged from New Orleans, to Chicago, to New York, then back to Minnesota and to Utah. But what's Carlesimo going to do in March when the Supes leave for a seven-game road swing?
Maybe nothing if the team is playing better.