Monday , Nov , 20 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Seattle struggling early

(Sports Network) – The Seattle SuperSonics could be headed for a long
season. They have dropped four of their first 11 contests and are tied with
the Minnesota Timberwolves for last place in the Northwest Division.

Seattle attempts to halt a three-game losing streak on Monday when it welcomes
the New Jersey Nets to KeyArena. It is the second and final meeting of the
season between the clubs. On November 13th, Luke Ridnour scored a career-high
32 points and dished out seven assists to lift the SuperSonics over the Nets,
119-113, at Continental Airlines Arena.

The SuperSonics have won two straight and four of the last five contests
against the Nets. New Jersey has dropped two in a row and six of its last
seven at Seattle.

Seattle returns home after a loss on the road. On Saturday, Monta Ellis poured
in a career-high 31 points and added seven rebounds and seven assists to power
the Golden State Warrior to a 107-95 victory over the SuperSonics at ORACLE

All-Star Ray Allen totaled 34 points and 11 rebounds in the loss to Golden
State for the SuperSonics, while Rashard Lewis scored 17 and Luke Ridnour
netted 14 and Earl Watson contributed 12 points in defeat.

The SuperSonics are 1-4 at home this season. They will visit the Los Angeles
Clippers on Wednesday at the Staples Center. The Clippers won three of the
four contests between the clubs in 2005-06. Seattle has won 17 of the last 21
meetings at the Clippers.

Allen has scored more than 20 points in seven straight and 10 of 11 games. He
is averaging a team-best 26.5 points per game and has shot 45.9 percent from
the field.