Sunday, February 27, 2005


Bucks 99, SuperSonics 73

Crap, do I have to talk about this one?

I saw bits and pieces of this one, though I saw most of the first quarter. That's all I really needed to see to know how this one was going to end up.

The Sonics put this one away early, as they went about five and a half minutes until they put a crooked number on the scoreboard, which was on a reverse layup by Reggie Evans. To combine with the crappy shooting output, the Sonics' defense was nonexistent -- the entire first quarter looked like a layup line for the Bucks. The Sonics were down 31-10 after one quarter. In the second quarter, they hammered away a bit, and it looked like their defense might have kicked it up a bit, holding the Bucks to 18 points. Of course, the Sonics fell back into lethargy on both sides of the ball in the second half, and the blowout was uncontested for the most part.

Perhaps because of the total blowout, the minutes were pretty curtailed for the starters, to the extent that all twelve guys played, and Antonio Daniels actually played the most minutes.

My goodness, do I have to do this?

Ray Allen 16 pts/1 reb (4-16 FG, 2-6 3pt, 6-6 free throws, 31 min), Rashard Lewis 9 pts/3 reb (4-14 FG, 1-4 3pt, 24 min), Luke Ridnour 6 pts/3 reb/3 ast (2-8 FG, 21 min), Reggie Evans 4 pts/12 reb/2 ast (2-5 FG, 24 min)

Ron Murray 11 pts/2 reb/2 ast (4-13 FG, 1-4 3pt, 22 min), Antonio Daniels 10 pts/4 reb/2 ast (4-9 FG, 1-2 3pt, 32 min), Nick Collison 9 pts/4 reb (4-5 FG, 19 min), Danny Fortson 6 pts/10 reb (1-4 FG, 4-4 free throws, 22 min), Vladimir Radmanovic 2 pts/2 reb/2 ast (0-7 FG, 0-5 3pt, 25 min), Vitaly Potapenko 0 pts/2 reb (0-1 FG, 6 min), Robert Swift 0 pts/1 reb (0-1 FG, 4 min)

Jerome James Watch
0 pts/2 reb (0-2 FG, 1 turnover, 3 fouls, 10 min)

shot 25-for-85 (29.4%) from the field, shot 6-for-23 (26.1%) from downtown, shot 17-for-21 (81%) from the line, were outrebounded 48-46, turned the ball over 16 times for 24 Buck points, were beat 50-30 in the paint, bench outscored Milwaukee bench 38-19 (outrebounded them 25-19)

Crappy shooting day all around, there's no doubt about that. There's only two positive things I see in the boxscore. One is that Danny Fortson came back after a couple weeks off and pulled down 10 boards. Couple that with Reggie Evans pulling down double digits again, and that can only be a good thing. The second thing, though it's a stretch, is that Danny Fortson was perfect in four tries from the free-throw line. The Sonics had been sort of off in the last 8-9 games or so in terms of nailing their free throws, partially due to the absence of Fortson.

Well, the starters got rested, so I guess that's good. It's also good because there are two games left on the road trip, and it's a back-to-back set at Indiana and Cleveland. Yikes.

Can the Sonics have a mulligan for this game?

I asked Jinkies what his postgame ritual is after a Sonic blowout. His reply: "I am very tired now. I have chased a mouse the size of a cake for all night. Please write back when I am rested."

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