Friday , Mar , 10 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Seattle continues to disappoint

(Sports Network) – The Seattle SuperSonics (23-38) are headed for an early
vacation this season. They are 8 1/2 games out of the final playoff spot in
the Western Conference with just 21 games left on their schedule.

On Friday, two of the NBA’s most disappointing teams meet, as the Minnesota
Timberwolves visit the SuperSonics at KeyArena. It is the fourth and final
meeting of the season between the clubs. In the three previous contests, the
Timberwolves beat Seattle twice at the Target Center, while the Sonics ousted
Minnesota, 107-102, in overtime on November 4th at KeyArena.

Minnesota has lost two straight after winning its last three at Seattle.

Seattle tries to get back on the winning track as it plays the finale of a
five-game homestand against the Timberwolves. The Sonics are 2-2 on the
current stand.

On Wednesday, Pau Gasol finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists as
the Memphis Grizzlies breezed past the SuperSonics, 99-74, at KeyArena.

Ray Allen ended with 18 points, while Johan Petro scored 11 and had 10
rebounds in the loss to Memphis for the SuperSonics, who have lost four of
their last six games overall.

The Sonics are just 14-16 as the host this season. They are 5-5 in their last
10 contests at KeyArena.

Seattle is scheduled to play 11 of its final 21 contests this season at