Sunday, February 13, 2005
What a way to close out a crappy day for basketball teams based in Seattle!
Here's what I have for this game, pretty much the first half, though I did witness most of the second half.
(final content posted ~8:15p)
9:51 Ridnour to James filling lane layup DAL 4-2. 8:21 Rashard dribbles into 3 SEA 5-4. 7:49 Lewis driving slam SEA 7-4. 5:09 James jumper beats shot clock DAL 14-9. 4:45 Allen three DAL 14-12. 2:27 Evans low DAL 20-14. 2:05 Evans low after offensive rebound DAL 20-16. 1:15 Daniels fallaway DAL 21-18.
After one quarter -- Dallas 21, Seattle 19
Nick Collison had a nice hustle play toward the end of the quarter, intercepting a pass that was headed for Dirk Nowitzki and then eventually ending up on the floor with it and punching it out to Radmanovic. Reggie Evans pulled down 7 boards, but the quarter was an otherwise weird one for the Sonics. OKay, simply put, they didn't shoot well. They were 8-for-24 from the field. The weird thing was that the quarter was a quarter of runs for both teams. Dallas had a 10-0 run at one point. Still, the Sonics looked flat.
11:10 Daniels fallaway beats shot clock DAL 23-21. 9:34 Ridnour midrange DAL 27-23. 9:00 Ridnour midrange DAL 27-25. 8:31 Daniels driving layup DAL 30-27. 5:35 Daniels again 37-33. 5:04 Radmanovic with moves to the bucket DAL 37-35. 3:47 Daniels lean-in banker, fouled, misses DAL 39-38.
At halftime -- Dallas 51, Seattle 42
After three quarters -- Dallas 66, Seattle 66
Final -- Dallas 95, Seattle 92
Well, that's a crappy loss.
The Sonics couldn't get any offensive flow going and were pretty sluggish until the fourth quarter, when the threes started falling. The problem was, they went cold for about the final five minutes of the fourth quarter. Dallas got to the line a few times, a couple of the Sonics were in foul trouble, and the Sonics also got way too tentative on offense. Dallas closed the game with a 15-2 run.
So yeah, that's how you blow a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter.
They should have had this game.
One thing's for sure, though. They could have used Danny Fortson tonight because the Sonics got manhandled on the boards.
PEEK AT THE BOXSCORE
Rashard Lewis 18 pts/7 reb (6-16 FG, 4-8 3pt), Luke Ridnour 17 pts/3 reb/8 ast (6-12 FG, 1-3 3pt, 4-4 free throws), Ray Allen 10 pts/4 reb/3 ast (4-17 FG, 1-8 3pt), Reggie Evans 5 pts/12 reb (2-4 FG, 1-4 free throws)
Antonio Daniels 14 pts/3 ast (7-13 FG, 0-1 free throws), Vladimir Radmanovic 10 pts/2 reb/2 ast (3-10 FG, 2-4 3pt, 2-4 free throws), Nick Collison 6 pts/4 reb (2-4 FG, 17 min, fouled out), Vitaly Potapenko 2 pts/1 reb (7 min), Ron Murray 2 pts/1 reb (4 min)
Jerome James Watch
8 pts/6 reb/2 blk (4-10 FG, 1 foul, 20 min)
shot 35-for-89 (39.3%) from the field, shot 8-for-24 (33.3%) from downtown, shot 14-for-21 (66.7%) from the line, were outrebounded 49-40, bench outscored Dallas bench 34-6 (outrebounded them 8-3)
Well, just with the boxscore, you can see a couple of things become evident. The Sonics shot crappy. Luke Ridnour, the birthday boy, was the only starter (other than maybe Jerome James) that really had his game working tonight. Ray Allen had a horrible night. Over on the bench, Vladimir Radmanovic also had another horrible night, though somehow in Phoenix the Sonics were able to win without a decent night from him. Not tonight.
The weird thing was, Jason Terry was having a brutal night for Dallas as well. That is, until he hit the game-winning three-pointer. He finished 2-for-8 from the floor with six points, but the final three were the points that did in the Sonics.
As for the boards, Reggie Evans had 12, and the next highest was Rashard Lewis with 7. Meanwhile, Dallas had Erick Dampier (14), Dirk Nowitzki (11), and Michael Finley (11) all break double digits on the glass.
I guess another disturbing trend over the last couple games is that the Sonics have been a bit off from the free-throw line. Tonight they bricked a third of their attempts from the free-throw line.
I hope this loss sears itself into the minds of the Sonics because I'm pretty ticked off about it right now. There's no way they should have lost this one. When you hold Dallas to 21 in the first quarter and 15 in the third quarter, you should win. What you shouldn't do is crap the bed and allow 30 and 29 in the even-numbered quarters.
I asked Jinkies whether he was as ticked off about the Sonic loss as I was. It took more than 10 tries to get a new response, but we got one. "Please you must stop writing me. This is becoming the stalker thing and I am getting the freakouts."