Tuesday , Jan , 16 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Collison putting up big numbers

(Sports Network) – Forward Nick Collison has been put up big numbers
recently for the disappointing Seattle SuperSonics (14-25). The Kansas
product, who is averaging 8.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game this season,
has scored more than 20 points in three straight games.

Collison has collected two double-doubles in his last three contests, and is
averaging 25.0 points and 14.3 rebounds per game in that span.

Seattle continues to play without forward Rashard Lewis, who suffered a
sprained tendon in right hand on December 20th during a 103-95 loss to
the Dallas Mavericks. He is expected to miss up to eight weeks with
the injury. Lewis is averaging 21.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in 27
contests this season.

Since Lewis went down with the injury, the Sonics are 4-8. Lewis is second
in scoring (21.9 ppg) on the team, behind All-Star Ray Allen (25.8 ppg) .

The Cleveland Cavaliers continue their road trip, as they visit the
SuperSonics on Tuesday at KeyArena. It is the second and final meeting of the
campaign between the squads. On December 15th, James finished with 22 points,
nine rebounds and seven assists to lead the Cavaliers to a 106-84 win over the
SuperSonics at Quicken Loans Arena.

Cleveland has lost two straight after winning its last two at Seattle. The
Cavaliers have won two of the last three contests in the series.

Seattle plays the third of a season-long seven-game homestand against the
Cavaliers. Allen scored a career-high 54 points to lead the SuperSonics past
the Utah Jazz, 122-114, in overtime on Friday at KeyArena.

Allen was 17-of-32 from the field, including 8-of-12 from beyond the arc, for
the SuperSonics, who snapped a six-game losing skid. Nick Collison scored 25
points and pulled down 13 rebounds in the victory for Seattle, while Earl
Watson added 10 points.

The SuperSonics are 10-9 at home this season. They will also host the
Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves and the Clippers on
the current homestand.