McMillan, Blazers travel to Seattle
(Sports Network) – The Seattle SuperSonics play the third of a four-game
homestand when they welcome the Portland Trail Blazers to KeyArena.
This is the second meeting of the season between the clubs. On December 16th,
Rashard Lewis finished with 37 points and Ray Allen scored 24 as Seattle gave
former head coach Nate McMillan a rude greeting with a 111-99 victory at the
McMillan returns to Seattle for the first time since he left the squad in July
to become the head coach of the Trail Blazers. McMillan, who guided the
SuperSonics to a 52-30 record and the Northwest Division crown in
2004-05, compiled a regular-season record of 212-183 during his tenure as the
general of the Sonics. He was 8-8 in the postseason.
Under McMillan’s leadership, Seattle reached the playoffs on two occasions, as
it also appeared in the postseason in 2001-02. During that season, McMillan’s
first full campaign as the team’s head coach, the Sonics went 45-37 and earned
the seventh seed in the playoffs, where they lost to San Antonio in five
The SuperSonics have won four in a row and six of the last nine contests in
this series. Portland has dropped four straight at Seattle.
Seattle is 1-1 on its current stand. Allen scored 35 points on 13-of-20
shooting to give the SuperSonics a 113-104 win over the New Jersey Nets on
Saturday at KeyArena.
Luke Ridnour ended with 20 points and 13 assists and Robert Swift netted 14
and pulled down 12 rebounds for the Sonics, who have won three of their last
four games overall.
The Sonics, who lost to Dallas, 104-97, on Thursday in the opener of the
current homestand, are 10-12 as the host this season. They will host Jason
Richardson and the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday in the finale of the
Portland plays the finale of a brief two-game road trip. On Saturday, Baron
Davis dropped a double-double on Portland with a game-high 29 points and 16
assists as Golden State bested the Trail Blazers, 98-83, at The Arena in
Juan Dixon netted 21 points in the loss to the Warriors for Portland, which
lost for the third time in their last four outings. Sebastian Telfair tallied
12 points, while Jarrett Jack and Travis Outlaw both netted 10 off the bench
The Blazers are 4-15 as the visitor this season. They have dropped four
straight on the road.