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December 15, 2007

Jazz game thread

Posted by Jayda Evans at 5:48 PM

THAT'S IT: The Sonics concluded their five-game road trip with a 96-75 loss to Utah. Colorful streamers are falling on the court. The Supes were 2-3 on the eight-day stint away from KeyArena. They'll have a two-game homestand against New Orleans (Wednesday) and Toronto (Friday) next week.

RIDNOUR CHECKING IN: Ridnour is going to return to the court after the timeout. Not sure why Carlesimo is chancing it since the Supes are down 91-73 with 2:59 remaining. Watson just picked up his first foul, so there's no trouble there.

RIDNOUR BACK: Ridnour is back on the sideline, we'll see if he can return to action.

RIDNOUR OUT: PG Luke Ridnour just left for the locker room after committing a foul with 8:49 remaining. Assuming it has to do with his injured left quad since he was walking rather gingerly. Earl Watson replaced him and the Sonics trail 83-69.

CARRYING THE SUPES: It's not enough, but Szczerbiakis keeping Seattle close, scoring 11 of his current 20 points in the third quarter. None of the starters have cracked double digits in scoring.

GAME OVER: Hate to call it so early but when Jazz Ukrainian rookie Kyrylo Fesenko is able to take Collison off the dribble for a layin in the paint, you have to call game. The Sonics are down 76-62 with 1:03 remaining in the third quarter and it doesn't look good for the Supes.

BROKEN ANKLES: G Deron Williams just walked Sonics F Wally Szczerbiak down, causing him to tumble to the court. But Williams was laughing so hard, he missed the open shot with 3:37 remaining in the third. No biggie. The Jazz are ahead 68-57.

HALFTIME: The Jazz turned it on in the second quarter and lead 51-40 at the break. Turnovers killed the Sonics as they gave up nine points in the quarter alone to foiled passes. The Sonics' shooting percentage also dropped and they finished the half shooting 37.5 percent from the field. Seattle does have 11 assists on 15 shot attempts. But Utah, which is also playing the second game of a back-to-back set, is shooting 51.4 percent from the field with 13 assists on their 19 FG attempts.

PETRO BREAKS RECORD: It's hard for young players that get limited minutes to enter the game and sparkle in spot time, but foul trouble has been an issue for Petro since he entered the league. But he broke his own record today, not getting tagged for a foul seconds after checking in. He's going to see more minutes because of the absence of Thomas and Petro already has four points, four rebounds and only one foul in nine minutes.

GETTING SLOPPY: The Sonics started crisp, like coach P.J. Carlesimo said they would have to in order to keep pace with Utah, but they're starting to throw the ball away and are down 38-36 in the second quarter. The saving grace is that the Jazz are also careless with the ball, accounting for nine turnovers to the Sonics' 11.

WE'RE BACK: My bad on not posting a thread for the Minnesota game. You guessed it, computer problems. But it's all good now, so let's get rolling with the Jazz game in session. The Sonics started off shooting well from the field, 52.6 percent in the opening half, and are up 33-31 in the second quarter. Rookie Kevin Durant isn't a factor, however, sitting on the bench with three quick fouls. C Kurt Thomas is also out (sprained right ankle). Meanwhile the Jazz are playing without Matt Harpring due to gastric distress. Heard he was violently ill on the flight home from Portland, vomiting several times. It's the second time already this season that Harpring has had gastric distress, which a spokesman said might be because of Harpring's kids. A Utah reporter quickly retorted, "yeah, but a lot of people have kids."

Here's tonight's starters

G Earl Watson
G Kevin Durant
C Nick Collison
F Damien Wilkins
F Chris Wilcox

G Deron Williams
G Ronnie Brewer
C Jarron Collins
F Carlos Boozer
F Andrei Kirilenko

The officials are: Jim Clark, james Capers, and Matt Boland.

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