Tuesday , Dec , 12 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Seattle needs Allen

(Sports Network) – All-Star Ray Allen has missed Seattle’s last three games
with a bone bruise in his right ankle. He is expected to be sidelined at least
two weeks with the injury.

Without Allen, Seattle has won three straight games to improve to 10-11 this
season. The 6-5 Allen is averaging a team-best 25.3 points per game and has
scored in double-digits in all 18 games that he has appeared in.

Seattle has scored 100 or more points 11 times this season and is 6-5 in
those contests. The Sonics are 5-6 when they allow over 100 points to their
opponent.

The streaking SuperSonics open a five-game road trip when they visit the
Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday at the Bradley Center. It is the first of two
meetings between the clubs this season. Milwaukee is scheduled to visit the
SuperSonics on January 19, 2007 at the KeyArena.

Seattle has lost two straight and three of its last four at Milwaukee. The
SuperSonics have won four of the last six meetings in the series.

The SuperSonics enter Tuesday’s contest on a three-game winning streak. Luke
Ridnour led a group of four Seattle players to score at least 20 points,
recording 26 with nine assists to help the SuperSonics overcome a 16-point
halftime deficit and defeat the Golden State Warriors, 117-115, on Sunday at
KeyArena.

Rashard Lewis finished with 25 points and eight boards, Damien Wilkins had 22
points with nine rebounds and Earl Watson netted 20 in the win over Golden
State for the Sonics, who have won four of their last five games overall.

Seattle is 4-5 on the road this season. The SuperSonics will also visit the
Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies on
the current road trip. They will play all of the teams for the first time this
season.

SEA