Doesn’t look good for the SuperSonics
(Sports Network) – Seattle is are a disappointing 26-40 this season and
is in the cellar of the Northwest Division. The SuperSonics are 4 1/2 games
behind the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Clippers for the eighth
and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. There are four other teams
ahead of them for the last postseason berth in the West.
The SuperSonics last appeared in the postseason in 2004-05 when they
captured the Northwest Division during the regular season, and lost in
the Western Conference semifinals to the San Antonio Spurs, who went on
to win the championship that season.
Seattle is scheduled to split its final 16 games of the regular season between
KeyArena and the road. The SuperSonics home games are against Washington,
Minnesota, San Antonio, Memphis, Denver, the Lakers, Houston and Dallas. They
will visit the Timberwolves, Nuggets, Spurs, Hornets, Jazz, Suns, Trail
Blazers and the Lakers.
Seven-time All-Star Ray Allen is having another excellent season for
Seattle. Allen leads the SuperSonics in scoring (26.4 ppg) and is shooting
43.8 percent from the field, including 37.2 percent from beyond the arc.
The SuperSonics open a three-game homestand when they welcome the Southeast
Division-leading Wizards on Wednesday to KeyArena. It is the second and final
meeting of the campaign between the squads. On February 5th, Caron Butler, who
is currently out with a sore left knee, scored a career-high 38 points as the
Wizards cruised to a 118-108 win over the SuperSonics at the Verizon Center.
Washington has lost two of its last three at Seattle. The Wizards have won
five of the last six contests in the series.
Seattle tries to win back-to-back games against the Wizards. Rashard Lewis had
a game-high 27 points and collected 12 rebounds to lift the SuperSonics past
the Portland Trail Blazers, 95-77, at the Rose Garden.
Chris Wilcox ended with 26 points and nine boards in the win over the Trail
Blazers for Seattle, which snapped a five-game slide. Nick Collison posted a
double-double with 16 points and 11 boards, while Allen scored 12 in the
The SuperSonics are 18-15 at home this season. They will host the Timberwolves
on Friday and the Spurs on Sunday at KeyArena.