Friday, April 29, 2005

LIVE BLOG --- GAME 3 SONICS AND KINGS

Please place any comments or questions in the comments area at the bottom of the blog.

FINAL STATS
Pace of Play: 97 trips (their is no way Seattle can win at this pace
Offensive Efficiency: 107 (77 in the 1st, otherwise ok)
Defensive Efficiency: 121 (135 in the second half)
Effective FG%: 46% (this is below their season average)
Defensive EFG%: 53%
Off Rebounding %: 42 (a very good sign)
Def Reboundng % 72 (very solid)
Off Turnover % 17 (1st quarter they turned it over 35% of their possessions)
Def Turnover% 10 (Sac is #1 in the NBA at not turning it over)

KINGS 116 SONICS 104 -- FINAL SCORE -- SONICS LEAD SERIES 2-1
Final Thoughts:
The Kings brought the intensity we anticipated.
Mike Bibby was insanely clutch. Everytime the Sonics got close Bibby made a play.
The Kings made nice offensive adjustments and the Sonics defense never had an answer.
The Kings spread the floor very well. They had good awareness of what the Sonics were trying to do and reacted well to it.
The backcourt of Bobby Jackson and Mike Bibby was really terrific.
Brad Miller playing 35 minutes changes the complexion of this series.
The Sonics offense was still able to exploit the Kings defense for most of the game.
Nine Turnovers in the first quarter were the difference in this game. The Sonics got bullrushed early and never were able to get all the way back in the game.
JJ was terrific on the offensive end again. His effort has been solid for three straight nights.
Ray Allen is a stud. He carried the load tonight
In game 3 the Kings probably won't have that early burst and it will be a real dog fit for 48 minutes.

KINGS 113 SONICS 101 with 1:23 left.
Rashard Lewis has no lift. He is really gaming it through the knee injury. He is just 2 of 10.
Jerome James has fouled out with 22 and 9. As frustrating as his defense was at time tonight this is another great night for JJ. On the road this is pretty impressive. For the most part he stayed inside his game despite all the hype. I am impressed.
Nick Collison is going to need to learn how to finsih. Otherwise, his game is nearly perfect.

KINGS 112 SONCIS 99 with 3:23 left in the 4th Quarter.
JJ continues to be totally amazing offensively in this series.
Their is no reason to be upset by this. In fact, I might take the other approach. Seattle continued to slice up the Kings defense once they stopped turning the ball over.
The Kings had great energy and made nice adjustments. The Sonics staff will get to work and fix the areas that need to be fixed.
The Sonics must find a way to play a slower pace.
The Cowbells are behind us and they are brutal.

REACTION TO COMMENTS
DJ Chameleon said...

We need Lewis to finally show up tonight. Does anyone know of any health reasons for Rashard's horrible game tonight.


Lewis knee is causing him problems. He took the last two days off and never seemed to get loose tonight. He doesn't seem to have his usual lift.

KINGS 108 SONICS 93 with 6:04 left in the 4th Quarter.
I think Seattle is done. They have extended all their energy and the Kings have answered every move. Impressive night for the Kings and Mike Bibby

KINGS 104 SONICS 93 with 6:22 left in the 4th Quarter
Another huge play by Bibby. Splitting the pick and roll Bibby got to his left and into the lane and scored and the foul shot. Putting the Kings back up 11. That is twice that Seattle has knocked on the door and Bibby has made a huge play.
The Kings rotation is much better tonight.
JJ has had a poor defensive night. His offense has been great. His rebounding continues to be solid, but his defense has been less good then it was in Games 1 and 2.


KINGS 97 SEATTLE 85 with 8:55 left in the 4th
The cow bells are out.
Bibby is making all the plays tonight. A pull-up 3 in transition puts the Kings up 12
Seattle is going to need an awesome defense stand if they are going to win this.
The Sonics offense is rolling but they can't stop the Kings.
Bad Tech on AD.

3RD QUARTER STATS
Pace of Play: 75 trips
Offensive Efficiency: 150 IN THE 3RD
Defensive Efficiency: 154 IN THE 3RD Q -- OUCH
Effective FG%: 60% IN THE 3RD
Defensive EFG%: 61% IN THE 3RD
Off Rebounding %: 43
Def Reboundng % 75
Off Turnover % 20 (even in the 2nd quarter they turned it over 20%)
Def Turnover% 9 (Sac is #1 in the NBA at not turning it over)


KINGS 92 SONICS 81 end of the 3rd Quarter
Huge by the Kings they held off Seattle's run and still lead by 11
Missed opportunity in the final minute by Seattle. Collison missed a lay-in and on the rebound Fortson committed a foul with Seattle already over the penalty. A four point swing.
Huge shot by Mike Bibby. Seattle got it down to 7 points and with a stop it could have been nervous time for te Kings. Instead Bibby got off AD with a pick and hit the shot going to his left.
The difference in Peja going right v going left is one of the most amazing things I have seen. He never misses going left and never makes it going right.
Danny Fortson is really ineffective. He checks out. A really poor showing.



KINGS 86 SONICS 77 with 1:57 left in the 3rd quarter.
The Sonics have to get some stops. If they can get this game down to 6 then the Kings might get tight. but it just hovers at 10.
Fortson Tech costs the Sonics a point
Peja got a look going to his left and hit the jumper
AD hits VR on a gorgeous drive and dish for a 3.

KINGS 81 SONICS 70 WTH 3:11 left in the 3rd Q
No one can get a stop.
Sonics go with AD, Lewis, Vlady, Nick and JJ --- interesting. Score 79 to 69 with this.
Fortson in for JJ. Still going big. Now with Fortson as the center.
Rashard Lewis is absent tonight. 1 for 8 with 6 points.

KINGS 77 SONICS 67 with 4:30 left in the 3rd Q
Luke RIdnour just got blasted on a pick and roll. I mean blasted. JJ didn't let Luke know.
AD comes in for Luke. AD has not played very well yet in the playoffs.

KINGS 73 SONICS 63 with 6:18 left in the 3rd Quarter
Seattle is slicing apart the Kings defense the same way they did in Games 1 and 2. They are getting penetration, they are finding the open man and getting dunks and lay-ups.
Second chance points are keeping the Kings with their lead.
JJ just banked a free throw line jumper. This man is hot and lucky.
Seattle has scored on 8 of 10 possessions to start the 3rd.

KINGS 66 SONICS 56 with 8:00 left in 3rd Quarter
Seattle needs to stay within 10 by the 6:00 mark
The Kings are going at Reggie Evans with Kenny Thomas. This has been a new development in this game and it has been very succesful for the Kings. Evans is a great rebounder, but not a very good on ball defender and the Kings are going at that.
Seattle's offense is much more patitent in the 2nd half.
The post players are not playing defense at the same level they did in Games 1 and 2.

KINGS 60 SONICS 47 with 10:45 left in the 3rd Quarter.
Sonics assist to turnover ratio is 4 to 14. In the wrong direction.
Sonics pick up full court out of the half
Bibby going left on first jumper of the half and it was good. The Sups need Bibby going right.
Who is going to step up Lewis or Peja?
Terrible defense. Out of an inbound play in the back court Mobley was able to go full court for a layup with no resistance.
Nate calls a timeout because of it.

HALTIME STATS
Pace of Play: 50 trips
Offensive Efficiency: 89 (77 in the 1st and 101 in the 2nd)
Defensive Efficiency: 108 (125 in the 1st and 91 in th 2nd)
Effective FG%: 45%
Defensive EFG%: 53%
Off Rebounding %: 44
Def Reboundng % 76
Off Turnover % 26 (even in the 2nd quarter they turned it over 20%)
Def Turnover% 12 (Sac is #1 in the NBA at not turning it over)


KINGS 54 SONICS 45 at the half
The Sonics have to be pleased that they are inside 10 points. They controlled the last 8 minutes of the 2nd quarter.
Ray Allen is unreal right now. He is killing Mobley. The Jackson/Bibby backcourt was doing a much better job for Sacramento.
The Lewis/ Peja match-up is two guys with time resumes both playing very poorly.
The game has settled down into a half court game and this is to Seattle's advantage
The Kings defensive presure has subsided.
The loud mouth behind me is no riding Peja instead of Nate. Is that a sign.
James is much better if he makes his move quickly the longer he pounds the less he scores

REACTION TO COMMENT
DJ Chameleon said...

Great turn around by Jerome. This is our only opportunity to make a game out of this.

If Sacramento responds to this run we will be crushed just like we did to Sacramento at this exact same time of the game when they made a mini run and then we crushed them the last 3 minutes of the 2nd quarter in game 2.
Another great point. Seattle needs to keep this mo for the 2:26. That is exactly what happened in Game 2.

KINGS 49 SONICS 41 with 3:07 left in teh 2nd quarter.
Allen has gotten to the line twice in the last three possessions. They have opened the floor with Allen, Lewis and Vlady on the floor.
Allen in transition just popped a three in the flow.
14-1 run by the Sonics
Miller just committed his 3rd foul. Skinner comes in for Miller.


KINGS 49 SONICS 30 with 4:32 left in the 2nd Quarter
Miller is abusing JJ
Seattle's offense has no flow. The Kings are denying the first pass and it is pushing the Sonics deeper then they are comfortable.
In addition, the Sonics have no room when they are pentrating.
12 turnovers at the 5:37 mark of the 2nd quarter.
The Kings have the line-up on the floor that I was worried about.
JJ is not helping out at all on the defensive end. Ridnour was just run off a pick and James needs to show to help out on Bibby and he was no where near the play.
The Kings are re-setting picks for Bibby so he can get going to the left. The Sonics have been forcing Bibby and Peja right all series.
On the next play James did a nice job of showing.

KINGS 44 SONICS 27 with 6:47 left
Mike Bibby is killing Seattle tonight
Jerome James is flat out not following the defensive game plan on Miller. Listen to our pre-game show and the Sonics are trying to push Miller off the elbow and James is letting him work freely and shoot freely.
Miller has hit three in a row.
Rashard Lewis is not flowing tonight. He just missed two in a row

KINGS 36 SONICS 25 with 8:45 left in the 2nd quarter.
This is the Bibby we anticipated. He is getting space on the floor and hitting his shots.
Seattle is totally out of sorts.
Another tell tale sign. Seattle executed well on the offensive side but AD missed a in paint jumper, the Kings got the rebound and Bobby Jackson went coast to coast past all the Sonics for a lay-up.
The Kings are using Jackson and Bibby together in the back-court and it is effective.
Ridnour just broke a 7:30 drouhgt by the Sonics without a Field Goal.
Sonics with a 6-0 flurry. If they can get it within 6 at the half they would be in great shape.

1ST QUARTER STATS
Offensive Efficiency: 77 (terrible
Defensive Efficiency: 125
Off Rebounding %: 55
Def Reboundng % 77
Off Turnover % 32 (that is gross)
Def Turnover% 4 (ouch)

REACTION TO COMMENTS
m_dawg21 said...

Hey Guys,
Well we look alright so far. Gotta get Rashard goin here but it looks to be an even game through the first 6 Minutes.
Totally agree. Rashard didn't look as active as usual in the first quarter. Sometimes a player nows he is going to be doubled and losses his aggressiveness. The Sonics need to get Rashard some easy looks.

KINGS 31 SONICS 19 end of the 1st Quarter.
The Kings dominated the quarter in every phase. The crowd is now juiced and rolling.
Eight turnovers in the opening 10:30 by the Sonics. You can't win this way.
The Sonics defense has tightened up after the opening run, but their offense is awful.
A very telling play was Vlady making a lazy in bound pass to Antonio who didn't come to the ball, Bobby Jackson stole it and went the lenght of the floor for a layup. In the meantime, none of the Sonics ran back to help and when it was time to in bound Vlady had to sprint back to help get the ball in bound. No energy and shell-shocked is the story.
The Kings are on a 12-1 run. Most of it off turnovers.
The crowd behind me is ruthless on Nate and the Sonics. If they have any good lines I will send them along.


KINGS 23 SONICS 15 with 2:53 left in the 1st Quarter.
The crowd is incredible so far.
The Sonics help defense which was so good in Games 1 and 2 has been terrible thus far.
The quarter is going as badly for Seattle as they could imagine.
Reggie Evans just went to the locker-room. He is sick to his stomach.
Seattle has 5 turnovers already in this game. One of the keys was to reduce turnovers and they have not done that so far.
The Kings defensive hands are much more active. Mobley stripped Allen and Bibby came down and digged it out on Collison.
Luke got an elbow to the check but will be able to return


KINGS 15 SONICS 11 with 6:23 left in the 1st quarter
Frantic pace to start.
The Kings scored on 7 straight possessions.
Mike Bibby got good early looks and hit all 3.
The Sonics have been forcing the Kings big to hit the 16 footer and they have done that early.
This is what was anticipated the Sonics just have to stay in this game after the first surge.

LIVE FROM ARCO
We are up and running after a moment or two of problems.

The primary offensive sets today will be ...
1) 1/3 pick and roll on the side (point guard/ small forward)
2) Horns -- big waiting at each elbow
3) Early offensive post up

Here is a primer
KEY STATS FOR GAME 3
Turnovers : The Sonics have done a nice job of keeping the turnovers under control at 13% of possessions in game 1 and 11% in game 2. This will be vital at Arco Arena. It keeps the crowd out of the game and the Kings have struggled in the half court. This may fall on Jerome James ability to pass out of a double team. .
Free Throw Attempts. This has been an advantage for the Sonics in every match-up with the Kings. In game 1 the Sonics shot 28 free throws to the Kings 15. In Game 2 they doubled their free throw attempts 30-15. In the regular season the difference was 36-25 Sonics advantage. The Kings are #24 in the NBA in free throw attempts. It is also a sign of how aggressive the Kings are. Brad Miller is the guy who will be able to draw the most fouls.
Offensive Efficiency: In the regular season the Sonics averaged 115 offensive rating against the Kings. In the regular season the Sonics averaged 109, #2 in the NBA. In game 1 of the playoffs they had just a 101 rating. In game 2 they got it rolling up to 111. The Kings are not a great defensive team allowing their opponents a 107 in the regular season. The Sonics will need to be efficient tonight to quell the crowd.
Pace of Play: This is my bread and butter all season long. Game 1 was 87 trips. Game 2 the Kings took the tempo up to 94 and it was 75 by the third quarter. At Arco Arena the Sonics must keep it in a slow half court game.

90 comments:

MattB said...

Hey Guys,
Well we look alright so far. Gotta get Rashard goin here but it looks to be an even game through the first 6 Minutes.

DJ Chameleon said...

The only good thing that happened in the first quarter is we are outrebounding the Kings 13 - 7.

Right now it is all about turnovers. They are absolutely killing us. They are why the tempo is so high and why Sacramento has gotten their fast break going.

DJ Chameleon said...

Wow. Jerome is still being agressive and effective when he gets the ball in the post. I know I am desperately looking for something positive right now. Down 36 - 23.

DJ Chameleon said...

All right now. This has become a real run. Forced a time out. Still need to control the turnovers. We have 2 more this quarter already.

DJ Chameleon said...

This must be a typo. Jerome James is our leading scorer with 8 points in 10 minutes. Best of all he is active on the boards. Help defense isn't what it was at home but knowone is playing good help defense so far.

DJ Chameleon said...

Bibby is playing like a man possessed. 15 points and 6 rebounds already. For someone who sounded like he had just about given up during the post game interview by Locke he sure is showing his heart out there tonight.

Andy said...

FINALLY!!! The kings team I know and love. The kinsg are going to exploit the elbow all day if the Sonics don't adjust.

DJ Chameleon said...

44 - 27 and Miller has hit three straight mid range jumpers. VERY bad. This is exactly what our game one and two defensive strategy was supposed to force but they were not supposed to make those shots. Time to see if our coaching staff can make any effective adjustments at half.

At this point all I am hoping for is to get the lead under double digits at the half.

DJ Chameleon said...

That 21 footer by Bibby after fighting off Luke's awsome defense and finally sheding Luke on the pick was very special.

If I were a Kings fan I would be taking that as an omen that Bibby will not let the Kings lose tonight.

Good thing I don't believe in omens.

MattB said...

What's goin on with Rashard? I am only keepin up with the game on nba.com. Is he takin bad shots or is he just off? Time for us to make a run starting with that Valddy trey.

Andy said...

That is tough losing miller for the half

Andy said...

Down to 11...Miller leaving the game is huge.

DJ Chameleon said...

Great turn around by Jerome. This is our only opportunity to make a game out of this.

If Sacramento responds to this run we will be crushed just like we did to Sacramento at this exact same time of the game when they made a mini run and then we crushed them the last 3 minutes of the 2nd quarter in game 2.

Andy said...

I hate this lineup for the Kings but fouls are pretty much forciing this type of front court for the Kings for the rest of the half.

DJ Chameleon said...

Jerome is playing smart and unselfish. i can't believe I just typed that. He was fighting for position with Ray on the left elbow. After Skinner 3/4 him Jerome jumped out to Ray and set a good screen that led to Ray hitting the jumper.

DJ Chameleon said...

that looked like a weak call on Vlady. Let's see the replay. Damn, no replay.

DJ Chameleon said...

49.4 seconds.

Time to get two for one by shooting quick.

DJ Chameleon said...

That doesn't mean shooting an airball.

DJ Chameleon said...

Nine point deficit. That has to count as a moral victory all things considered.

Andy said...

I think both teams are happy at this point. This Kings can reflect on a good half and lead by 9...the Sonics finally woke up and cut a 21 point lead to 9.

Jerome James needs to shut the f*** up and play basketball...he complains after every single play.

DJ Chameleon said...

after making 9 turn-overs in the first 14 minutes we did not make a turnover the last 9:32 of the half.

Andy said...

"The loud mouth behind me is no riding Peja instead of Nate. Is that a sign."

Yeah...Kings fans are getting a little tired of Peja wilting come playoff time (we are tired all of the minor injuries affecting his play or keeping him out...which led to lots of internet jokes about how he pulled his v***** at the end of the season).

kel said...

S'up guys. I'm just catching up... what's the deal with Rashard? He has been poor to medicore (at best) so far this series. Is his tendenitis bothering him that bad or is he wilting under playoff presure?

MattB said...

If Rashard can get 8-10 points this quarter and gain some conifdence his D will improove and I think it will get the team fired up if we can get him some touches in the post.

kel said...

Sounds great -- but I've seen nothing so far to indicate Rashard can get 8-10 points in this quarter. Isn't he 0-6 this far? Nates gotta find a way to get him off.

Anonymous said...

Jerome James is hurting on defense. He's sagging on the pick and roll leaving the dribbler open for the shot and he's very slow in the rotations. Maybe it was too good to be true

DJ Chameleon said...

The game turned in thesecond quarter when the Sonics finally stopped making turnovers. Like I said earlier it is all about turnovers right now. That was a tough turnover on Luke on the no call on the baseline.

Quick time out. Network time out that really helps us out. We need to execute on three straight possessions even if we don't score. Odd as it sounds, it will be our offense, not our defense that will determine if we will continue this comeback.

kel said...

Jerome's true colors?

Andy said...

Sonics bigs were playing with their backs to the ball...mobley took advantage.

Next 5 mins is key...will the kings get this back to 20+ or will the sonics cut it back to single digits...

MattB said...

We Gotta get Rashard the ball in the post no doubt. He can muscle up Peja down lo and eaither draw some fouls or get some easy looks to get himself going.

DJ Chameleon said...

That was a tough call on Reggie. He usually gets the benefit of the doubt from the referees like an established veteran does.

DJ Chameleon said...

Hit enter and then look how Reggie draws the foul on Thomas.

DJ Chameleon said...

JEROME !!! Wow.

Andy said...

Miller is the man...this is a different team with Brad Miller on the floor.

kel said...

Yeah, I take back what I said about Jerome.

kel said...

Hey ya! Luke finally coming alive!

DJ Chameleon said...

Luke is finally hitting his shot. This could be big for him the rest of the series. He really needed to get some confidence in his shot.

Did I really hear that right. Jerome has played 22 minutes and just now got his first foul and it was a smart deliberate foul at that.

Now Jerome makes a great inside pass. Who is this Jerome James dude? I have never seen him before in a Sonics jersey before this series.

Andy said...

Wow Sonics over the limit with 7:37 left

DJ Chameleon said...

Ridenour is playing great hustle defense on Bibby. He is fighting through every pick and really earning the extended minutes he is getting tonight.

kel said...

dj chameleon -- great comments, man. You're right on the money...

Glad to see Rashard taking it hard to the hoop.

DJ Chameleon said...

Six turnovers on the Sonics in the third. We are fortunate to only be down 8 with 5:28 left.

DJ Chameleon said...

Sonics have dodged a bullet being over the limit when Sacramento was under. Now with 4:59 left the Kings are at the limit also.

DJ Chameleon said...

That was a brutal but clean pick Miller set on Luke. The announcers on TV and Kevin are right to point out Jerome needs to call those picks out.

Andy said...

Hey Jerome...instead of talking to the refs how about talking to your point guard.

DJ Chameleon said...

This third quarter is being played at the Sonics pace almost exclusively in the half quart. This bodes very well for a potential forth quarter finish by the Sonics.

Anonymous said...

I do not understand why Jerome James is sagging off on defense. It's creating open opportunity for Sacramento's spot up shooters. Kenny Thomas is just killing us we will need to contain Sacrament's 4's regardless who it is in order to come back

DJ Chameleon said...

Locke said

AD comes in for Luke. AD has not played very well yet in the playoffs.

I beg to differ. AD played great the first half of game one. Since then his play has been mediocre I agree but how quickly we forget. AD was the only bench player to show up at all in game one with 11 points.

DJ Chameleon said...

We need to make these free throws while the Kings are in the penalty.

Andy said...

Touch call on Thomas to force him to the bench...he has been a big part of the quarter.

DJ Chameleon said...

I absolutely love Mobley ... as long as he is playing for the Kings. What an absolutely stupid quick three. He didn't even have his feet set, he didn't have anyone in rebounding position and he isn't on one of his pattented hot streaks. STUPID !!!

Andy said...

That is 4 on songalia...kings bigs battling foul trouble. Good sing for the King though that Ostertag is DNP so far.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't it strange to hear the color guy talking about Sacramento having trouble matching up against Seattle's "size"?

I thought I'd never hear something like that again.

DJ Chameleon said...

That was a horrible tech call on Fortson. I am not one to quickly defend Fortson but that was horrible. the replay mad it even more clear than live how bad a call that was. All the worse 'cause the referee was in perfect position.

DJ Chameleon said...

If I could blend Nick Collison's great fndamentals with Jerome James's raw physical gifts I would have an all star center.

DJ Chameleon said...

We are finally taking advantage of the bonus and forcing the Kings to foul. 1:30 left and down 7. we are in great postion all things considered.

DJ Chameleon said...

Down 11, with Ray on the line for two. We need these two free throws, a stop and a basket to take the deficit down to 7 and pput some pressure on the Kings.

Andy said...

Can an owner get a technical foul?

DJ Chameleon said...

I love reading Howard Shultz' lips clearly saying loudly for everyone includinging the referees to hear "F***" after that blocking call on Danny Fortson. He is as much a fan as anyone of us. He just has a bit more money.

Andy said...

What a high scoring quarter. Miller got a lot of rest which bodes well for the kings. I look for Miller, Thomas, Peja, Mobley, and Bibby to get most if not all of the minutes this quarter.

DJ Chameleon said...

Down 11 at the end of three. Still posible if we can start the forth quarter fast. we need to make the Kings feel the pressure and hope for the best.

We really have no business winning this game so far but it is still possible.

Myk said...

I dont understand why the league goes all year with a crack down on fouls out on the perimeter and then in the playoffs it is same old same old...whats the point?

1) They are saying this is how the game SHOULD be played

2) They are saying this is how the game SHOULD NOT be played but we will allow it when the games mean 1000xs more

Sonics just cant get the stops when they need them.

DJ Chameleon said...

Yes, an owner can get a tech but they have to do more than scream "f***" at a questionable call.

Andy said...

I HATE this move by adelman. He needs to play his best players NOW!

DJ Chameleon said...

Great start to the fourth quarter. Fortson drew the offensive foul brilliantly. Lead down to 9. A three would be huge.

AD missed a runner and Danny got a loose ball foul.

Good news, Jerome back in the game.

Andy said...

WOW! What a shot by BIBBY!!!

DJ Chameleon said...

What is up with these hairtrigger technical fouls?

Myk said...

You know at some point all NBA fans need to figure out when we are going to band together and tell the NBA we are sick of the horrible ref'ing in the "BEST LEAGUE IN THE WORLD". This is in no way saying the refing is costing us the game tonight but it just makes the overall experience less enjoyable.

Andy said...

That is a huge technical foul. This mean even if ray makes both the kings gained 2 on the possession exchange.

Andy said...

Stop complaining about the refs. I thought games 1 and 2 were horrible and totally in favor of the sonics. The Sonics have attempted 5 more FTs than the kings.

DJ Chameleon said...

We need Lewis to finally show up tonight. Does anyone know of any health reasons for Rashard's horrible game tonight.

Andy said...

James-Williamson is a huge mismatch.

Myk said...

Andy that is exactly the point I am making. The refing is horrible every night. Some nights it is for one team and other nights it is for the other team. It is completely inconsistent and this is from the top 30 or so refs in the entire world (supposedly). It ruins the game.

DJ Chameleon said...

For the record I am not a Jerome James fan at all. That being said on the record,

I love Jerome James !!!

Go to the hole big guy!

DJ Chameleon said...

Ray Allen really forced that turnaround. Led to Bibby at the line for two. Still down 13 with 6:22 left. Looks very tough.

Myk said...

That last run clinched it for the Kings. Sonics need to go back and adjust how they are going to guard Bibby, especially if he can get so much space in the lane everytime

Andy said...

This is the Kings team that I expected in games 1 and 2.

I figured bibby would be the leader and KT/Miller/Songaila would be the work horses.

Miller and Bibby coming alive is huge not only for this game but for the series. Anything Peja ever gives is just gravy

DJ Chameleon said...

I agree. We looked defeated walking back to the huddle on the time out. Only hope is that a couple quick three's renew our energy for one last run. Down 15 with 6:09 left on the road is almost impossible.

Locke, why have the Sonics shot so few three pointers this series?

DJ Chameleon said...

LOL

Maybe Mr T will win an Oscar.
I agree. I would have put better odds on Mr. T than Jerome doing this.

DJ Chameleon said...

Vlady misses from three with 3:33 left. Looks like it is game over.

Andy said...

David...head out folsom lake tomorrow for some skiing and head Tahoe tomorrow night...Sacramento isn't all bad (although it is mostly bad which is why I went far away for college).

DJ Chameleon said...

Okay. Down 11 with posession. It still takes a miracle. Great pass by Ray to Jerome. Bad finish. Bad foul. Game over.

DJ Chameleon said...

We should pull Rashard. His knee is clearly hurting him badly. That ball off his fingertips was clearly because he has no lift at all right now.

Andy said...

I REALLY like the Kings chances in game 4. Game 5 will be key...and I agree...I hope the refs finally pull their heads out for that game.

DJ Chameleon said...

116 - 104.

Tip your hat to Sacramento. They finally played like the playoff savy quality team they have been the last 8 years.

I still like our chances in game four but it is now a competitive series. 12 points is the smallest margin of defeat in Sacramento in the last 7 losses. We have to control the pace of play better to win in Sacramento. In all 7 loses Sacramento scored over 100 points.

Andy said...

See ya next game DJ...

DJ Chameleon said...

Locke, what happened to our three pointers from the corners. you are the one who drew my attention to the difference in three pointer percentage (particularly for AD) from the corners versus inside the elbow of the three point line. We were 2 - 4 from below the elbow behind the three point line and 4 - 19 above the elbow behind the three point line.

What adjustments can the Sonics make to free us up for more of our threes coming from the corners? Rashard and AD are particularly effective from there.

DJ Chameleon said...

I guess i will have to call in and ask you personally 'cause I know you are too busy with the post game show to respond on the blog. Thanks again for allowing us diehard Sonics fans to share the experience of watching the game with you and with each other. It is the next pest thing to getting all of us into our favorite bar and watching the game together. Besides, the beer is a lot cheaper at home anyway.

DJ Chameleon said...

See ya Andy. It has been fun meeting with you and the rest of the gang for game nights.

DJ Chameleon said...

BTW, we appreciate a passionate, informed and well mannered Kings fan in our little forum.

Question for you, do you want the Kings to re-sign Mobley. I think there are so many players that would fit your team better. I don't know how willing the Maloofs are to pay the luxury tax but if you guys got Michael Redd or Larry Hughes I would be very worried as a Sonics fan.

Andy said...

I would like to see the kings let Mobley go and sign Ray :)