Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Re-Signing, Hopefully?

With many different contracts coming to an end, the SuperSonics are looking to re-sign some people of extreme potential and some that have just done many a good thing for the organization.

For example, Nate McMillan, deemed ‘Mr. Sonic’ and current coach of the Sonics, has not solidified whether he will stay with the team or not. As of now, his contract will expire on June 30th, unless he works out an extension.

On top of this, GM Rick Sund and all-star player Ray Allen’s contracts also will be expiring soon. Sonics president Wally Walker is doing all that he can to keep these three to stay and lead the Sonics even further.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Ray Allen

- from the official site of the SuperSonics

  • Voted Second Team All-NBA, his third All-NBA Team appearance.
  • Averaged a career-high 23.9 ppg, ranking 10th in the NBA.
  • Scored double-figures in 77 of the 78 games he played.
  • Twice named Western Conference Player of the Week (week ending 11/15 and week ending 3/27).
  • Made his fifth All-Star appearance and scored a game-high 17 points.
  • Leading NBA scorer in the First Round of the playoffs at 32.4 ppg.
  • Scored a playoffs career-high 45 points in Game 4 at Sacramento

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Tough Decisions For Sonics This Summer

- from the official site of the Seattle SuperSonics

Last Thursday's Game 6 loss to San Antonio ended the Sonics Playoff run. Now, with nine players expected to become free agents and the contracts of Coach Nate McMillan and GM Rick Sund also expiring, the Sonics face an important summer as they look to remain atop the Northwest Division. McMillan, Sund and Wally Walker addressed the off-season Monday in their season wrap-up meeting with the Seattle media.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

3-2: Advantage Spurs


The series between the Spurs and Sonics has come to 3-2 with the advantage going to the Spurs. In their most recent semi-final game, the Spurs posted the win with a 103-90 lead over the Sonics. But, this does not mean the end just yet.

As of now, the Sonics are yet to lose a postseason game at home. The Spurs have also never defeated the Sonics at home during this series.

Ray Allen was able to post 19 points last game even though defensively the Spurs were pushing at him with extreme poise. Manu Ginobili, on the other hand, made a Playoff career-high with 39 points.


Sunday, May 15, 2005

Sonics Win #1

- from the official site of the Seattle SuperSonics

With 1:59 to go in Thursday's Game 3, Antonio Daniels calmly drained two foul shots that proved to be the decisive points in Seattle's 92-91 win over the visiting Spurs. Tim Duncan had a chance to win the game for San Antonio, but his hook shot bounced off the rim as the clock expired. Daniels, who scored 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, amassed eight boards and three assists. Ray Allen notched 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and Jerome James added 15 points on the night. The Spurs lead the Western Conference Semifinals 2-1, and the teams will stay in Seattle for Game 4 on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on TNT.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Down in Conference Semifinals

The second-seeded Spurs have been showing the Seattle SuperSonics why they were in that position. Overall, the Sonics have been pushing hard, but the distribution that is being laid down by the Spurs is too much.

Manu Ginobili scored 28 points; Tim Duncan added 25 and Tony Parker 22 to press against the Sonics. The San Antonio Spurs put out two fantastic performances during these first two games.

"I think we had two very solid performances. We did what we wanted. We prevented them from making so many threes, from running the fast break. Of course, we made mistakes, as always, because it's a game of mistakes. But overall, I think we did a very good job and we gotta try to play the same way over there."
- Manu Ginobli

Friday, May 06, 2005

Sonics Prepare To Face Spurs

- from the official site of the SuperSonics

After dispatching of the Sacramento Kings in five games, the Sonics will take on the San Antonio Spurs in their first Semifinals appearance since 1998. There are plenty of intriguing matchups and storylines in the series, which tips off Sunday in San Antonio (5:00 p.m., TNT).

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

SACRAMENTO at SEATTLE

- from FOXSports.com

Sacramento failed to cover for the fifth time in its last seven games with Sunday's 115-102 home loss to the SuperSonics.

The Kings, who trail 3-1 in the series, last exited the playoffs in the first round in 2000. They led by as many as 19 points on Sunday, but missed 26 of 36 second-half field-goal attempts in losing to the Sonics.

Sacramento is on a spread slide of 1-5 on the highway and has failed to win or cover in four straight at Seattle.

Sacramento is 9-5 straight-up and 6-8 against the spread in first-round playoff games the last three seasons. In that same stretch, the Kings have covered six of eight when trailing in a series.

Sacramento has sailed over in nine of its last 13 overall and in five of its last seven versus the Sonics. However, the first two games in this series in Seattle stayed under the posted price.

Seattle has won and covered three of four games in this series with Sunday's 13-point road win.

Ray Allen poured in a playoff career high 45 points in Game 4 and has led the Sonics in scoring in each contest in the series. His 45 points tied Fred Brown's 1976 total for tops in the team's playoff history.

The SuperSonics are on spread runs of 6-2 overall and 6-2 versus the Kings.

Seattle has covered seven of 10 when installed as a home chalk of 3½ to 6 points this year. However, it's only 7-11 against the number in its last 18 home games overall.

Seattle has stayed under in seven of its last 10 overall and in seven of its last eight at home.

ATS ADVANTAGE: SEATTLE