Saturday, February 05, 2005
(final content posted ~10:34p)
Here's what I have for tonight. Ray Allen did start.
11:40 Lewis corner three first basket SEA 3-0. 10:32 wide-open Allen three SEA 6-0. 8:27 Ridnour mid-range SEA 8-3. 6:43 Ridnour long jumper SEA 12-6. 4:41 Allen looks good SEA 18-11. 4:13 Lewis form long SEA 20-11. 2:41 Allen high off the glass SEA 24-14. 1:37 Allen three SEA 29-16. 0:00 Lewis three to end quarter SEA 34-22.
After one quarter -- Seattle 34, Charlotte 22
Well, the Sonics looked good offensively, especially Ray Allen (14 pts), and they held the Bobcats to 22 points. Not bad. It seems to me the Bobcats only hit about four open jumpers in the entire quarter. The Sonics seemed to especially be doing a good job on Charlotte's big men down low, but Gerald Wallace was having some luck driving to the basket.
10:46 Radmanovic three SEA 39-24. 9:36 Brezec fouled, misses shot, Bobcats had hit 5 straight. 6:17 Radmanovic three SEA 49-32. 5:17 Radmanovic three SEA 54-35. 3:56 Lewis three SEA 57-37. 3:12 Allen running righty SEA 59-37. 2:24 Ridnour baseline runner SEA 61-37. 1:16 Radmanovic three SEA 65-41 (18 pts). 0:37.4 Ridnour beats clock with three SEA 68-43.
At half -- Seattle 69, Charlotte 46
Well, simply put, the Sonics shot the crap out of the ball, and the Bobcats aren't that good. The Sonics were able to force some turnovers, which they've been having trouble doing as of late. Ray Allen looks great (it sucks to be Ron Murray), and Vladimir Radmanovic has led the three-point assault, as the Sonics have been going nuts from just about all areas of the floor on the offensive end. Reggie Evans also had his usual bunch of rebounds. Luke Ridnour had a decent showing of midrange jumpers and teardrop layups.
9:05 Ridnour double-pump in lane SEA 71-48. 8:05 Ridnour midrange SEA 75-52. 6:10 Bobcats 9-2 run. 4:04 Lewis three SEA 80-63. 3:27 Allen bides time, drives lane and slams SEA 82-64. 2:57 Radmanovic three SEA 85-64.
After three quarters -- Seattle 89, Charlotte 72
11:41 Daniels three SEA 92-72. 10:12 Evans offensive rebound (18th rebound) goes back up and scores SEA 94-75. 8:48 Ridnour to Collison driving lane SEA 98-78. 8:07 Ridnour three SEA 101-80. 6:41 Ridnour jam SEA 104-84. 4:26 Murray turnaround jumper SEA 106-90. 4:09 Daniels gets turnover, gets one-hand jam SEA 108-90.
Final -- Seattle 113, Charlotte 99
Reggie Evans just had the first 20-plus rebound game for the Sonics since Shawn Kemp in 1995.
Frankly, the Sonics did exactly what they were supposed to do in the first half. They shot, and shot very well. The Bobcats also weren't shooting very well, but the Sonics were having their way with the Bobcats on anyone trying to post up (especially the usually decent Primoz Brezec). The Bobcats had some points in the paint, though it was usually Gerald Wallace driving into the lane and laying up.
In the second half, the Sonics had a huge lead to begin with and let loose a bit on their stranglehold, which may or may not be a little disheartening, depending on how you look at it. The Sonics were held to 20 points in the third quarter and 24 in the fourth, while the Sonics allowed quarters of 26 and 27. At least they had a huge lead.
Did Ray Allen have a flu or something? Was he even sick? He sure didn't look it. Vladimir Radmanovic was also feeling it tonight. Rashard Lewis had a solid night. Luke Ridnour had some very nice production as well, and moved the ball pretty well.
He must be scoring some big points with the coaching staff, because it appears that Nick Collison has to be stealing away a good deal of Danny Fortson's minutes. Of course, Collison's foul rate probably isn't in the stratosphere like Fortson's. Collison was whistled for two fouls in his 21 minutes of play, whereas Fortson was also whistled for two fouls. In 3 minutes.
Basically, I liked the way the Sonics defended and scored in the first half. The Bobcats didn't get on any real insane runs or anything, and the Sonics were never really in any danger of losing this one.
But tonight was a night for The Collector. Way to go, Reggie.
PEEK AT THE BOXSCORE
Ray Allen 25 pts/4 reb/5 ast (9-14 FG, 2-6 3pt, 5-7 free throws), Rashard Lewis 18 pts/5 reb/2 ast (5-14 FG, 4-6 3pt, 4-4 free throws), Luke Ridnour 17 pts/2 reb/8 ast (7-10 FG, 2-3 3pt), Reggie Evans 7 pts/21 reb (1-4 FG, 5-6 free throws)
Vladimir Radmanovic 23 pts/2 reb/2 ast (8-16 FG, 5-9 3pt, 33 min), Antonio Daniels 11 pts/2 reb/4 ast (2-5 FG, 1-2 3pt, 6-8 free throws, 24 min), Nick Collison 6 pts/5 reb (3-6 FG, 21 min), Ron Murray 6 pts (3-5 FG, 6 min), Danny Fortson 0 pts (2 fouls, 3 min)
Jerome James Watch
0 pts/1 reb/1 stl/1 blk (0-3 FG, 1 turnover, 4 fouls, 10 min)
shot 38-for-77 (49.4%) from the field, shot 14-for-26 (53.8%) from downtown, shot 23-for-30 (76.7%) from the line, outrebounded Charlotte 42-35, forced 14 turnovers, were beat 48-32 on points in the paint, won the fast break battle 15-4, bench outscored Charlotte's 46-45 (were outrebounded 10-9)
Look at the Sonics' three-point numbers. Yikes. That's crazy.
About the only thing that was kind of off in the Sonics' game was that they missed a few more free throws than I'm used to, but it's a miniscule problem on this night.
Reggie Evans, my goodness. The dude's really been grabbing the boards lately. In 12 games in the month of January, he grabbed double digits in boards 6 times. In two games this month, he grabbed 15 boards against the Kings and 21 against the Bobcats. I just wish Danny Fortson or someone else could get in on this action and start The Collection Agency.
How about that Ray Allen? If he was sick, it looked like he was only sick of not playing. First game back? Twenty-five points. Why not?
I guess what I like about Luke Ridnour's night tonight isn't only the fact that he moved the ball well, but he shot 7-for-10, and I like that. His shooting was really good and I thought his shot selection was pretty good as well. Nothing looked too forced.
I asked Jinkies whether he's paying attention to what Dan Dickau has been doing for the Hornets lately. His reply: "Good question, little girl. I don't know if there is this heaven, but if there is, every bowl of cat food has much tuna juice sprinkled on its top there."