Thursday, May 19, 2005

LIVE BLOG FOR GAME 6 -- SONICS V. SPURS

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THE MOST MARVELOUS OF SEASONS COMES TO AN END!
SPURS WIN THE SERIES 4-2



SPURS 98 SONICS 96
Duncan knocks down a little hook off a Ginobili drive to give the Spurs the game winner.
Horry hits the 3. He is unreal.
Think about all the missed opportunities earlier in the game.

SPURS 90 SONICS 89 with 2:00 left in the game.
This is all about making plays at this point.
Luke and Nick just made a great play. Allen lead to Wilkins.
4 guys are guarding Ray right now, but he has to be the player who makes the decisions.
Nick is doing a solid job on Duncan
Line-up to close the Season in the Western Conference Semi-Finals: Ridnour, Daniels, Allen, Wilkins and Collison. What would have you guessed at the beginning

SPURS 86 SONICS 84 with 4:57 left in the 4th Quarter.
The coaching staff is concerned to play Colison on Duncan, but I think Colison has to be on the floor. The coaching staff is correct that he might not be able to stop Duncan and that could cost you the game. Duncan is just to long.
Collison enters the game -- let's see how it works.
Collison a rookie guarding Duncan for the season. WOW

SPURS 83 SONICS 82 with 5:49 left in the 4th Quarter
Tim Duncan has stayed in the game -- what a battler
Ray Allen is working so hard right now to get the ball. He has scored the last 5.
I have never seen Ray work this hard. This is the work of a champion caliabler player.
It is a pleasure and a honor to watch these two stars play. This is what the game is all about. These guys play with so much pride.
Brent Barry has just fouled out. Ginobili enters.

SPURS 78 SONICS 77 with 8:08 left in the 4th Quarter
TIM DUNCAN HAS JUST HURT HIS LEFT ANKLE ON A DRIVE TO THE BASKET.
This is not the same ankle he hurt during the season.

SPURS 76 SONICS 75 with 8:59 left in the 4th Quarter.
No Ray Allen to start the quarter. He checks in at 10:00
The officials are scared of Greg Popovich. He is yelling at Danny Crawford at mid court and he swallowed the whistle.
Nick Collison just missed a lefty lay-up. Ouch.
The Spurs got the ball to Tim Duncan all of the first three possessions. No touches on the next three.


IS YOUR HEART PUMPING ?? THIS IS SO CRAZY !!!!!!

SONICS 73 SPURS 72 end of 3rd Quarter
The officials just blew the call on a fast break by Wilkins he didn't touch Ginobili.
Then Collison misses a fast break lay-up when he got his feet caught
Then the next play Fortson commits a flagrant foul on Duncan. He hits both free throws.
Allen then hits a nasty 3 -- Udrich follows.
WHAT INSANE ACTION !!!!! EVERYONE IS ON THEIR FEET. EVERYONE !!!!
The Sonics forced 8 turnovers but got just 4 points off those turnovers.
The amount of missed opportunites is the second most amazing thing in this game.
THE MOST AMAZING IS THESE GUYS HAVE DONE IT AGAIN. HOW I WILL NEVER KNOW?

SONICS 67 SPURS 67 with 2:33 left in the 3rd Quarter.
HOW DO THEY DO THIS -- HOW DO THEY DO THIS -- THEY ARE UNREAL !!!!!!!
Duncan out of the game. Spurs lead the game by 3.
Sonics still don't have a three. Allen hits the first three with 3:05
Fortson in for JJ with 3:44 left -- Spurs by 3. JJ has 4 fouls.
8 second chance opportunites in the quarter for the Spurs. However, the Spurs have turned it over.


SPURS 67 SONICS 64 with 4:11 left in the 3rd Quarter
JJ just sent two great picks that ingnited the offense. What a difference?
Have they gotten over the tough part to get back in the game.
The issue is how many possessions they have wasted in this game with turnovers and a lack of defensive rebounding. You can't do that and overcome it.

SPURS 67 SONICS 59 with 4:48 left in the 3rd Quarter
Collison in the game 6:10 left and down 6. Let's see what Mr. +/- does.
The Spurs worst +/- player Brent Barry is on the floor and Ginobili is out, their best.
Tim Duncan is so relentless. JJ blocked his shot and then TD got it back and dunked.
Way too many second shots. You can't do this in a close playoff game.
Defensive rebounding has been one of the keys in wins v. losses.


SPURS 61 SONICS 53 with 6:47 left in the 3rd Quarter.
Nate just got a technical. It happened after the Sonics battled for three extra looks but Reggie and JJ couldn't finsh. Nate felt their was a foul and it looked like contact, but it may have been as much of frustration on the lack of a finish.
Seattle can complain all they want but he fact is they aren't rebounding. The last 5 points have been on second chance opportunites. Evans and James are getting crushed again.

SPURS 55 SONICS 53 with 7:59 left in the 3rd Quarter
James has missed on the first 4 picks he has set of the quarter
AD just got a technical. That is not smart. That is the veteran. He is supposed to be the model.
Seattle is coming unglued they need something to happen to save them.
The Spurs smell blood. I think this one is going to be over in 5 minutes if they aren't careful.

GUARDING TIM DUNCAN
James/Evans combo 5:30 5 touches 0 points and 0 fouls drawn
Forston 5:40 3 touches 2 points and 1 foul drawn.
James 5:30 2 touches 4 points and 2 fouls drawn
Vitaly 3:32 1 touch 2 points 1 foul drawn

HALFTIME NOTES
The foul trouble killed the Sonics.
Ginobili enters with the Sonics up 5 and with him on the floor their was a 10 point swing.
Fortson went out with his second foul at the 9:34 mark and the Sonics lead by 6. An 11 point swing when the Sonics had to rely on James and Evans on the floor.
The Spurs offense has dicated this series and they are rolling.
You can't play Reggie Evans for extended minutes.
Damien Wilkins was -11 in the second quarter - think the Sonics miss Lewis and Radmanovic.

SPURS 52 SONICS 47 at the Half.
I am not sure Ray Allen has hit an outside shot tonight. He has been aggressive to the basket and that is how he is getting his points.
Sometimes this sounds so simple, but the ball is just not falling for Seattle right now.
I love Vitaly Potapenko he does great things when he is on the floor.
Seattle looked dead in the water and now have battled back. That is a good sign it felt like this thing could have been over by halftime.
Ray Allen's turnovers have been awful in the first half. Turnovers have been the difference in wins and losses. A bad sign for this game.


SPURS 47 SONICS 41 with 2:57 left in the 2nd Quarter.
The season is slipping away
The Spurs are on a 16-2 run.
The Spurs have scored on 11 straight possessions.
The Sonics are wearing down under the pressure. It is too hard to play without Vlady and Rashard and have offensive success and the burden is showing.

SPURS 45 SONICS 41 with 3:25 left in the 2nd Quarter
Tim Duncan re-enters. The Sonics lead 36-31 when Duncan went out.
Spurs take their first lead. At 4:30 mark of the 2nd Quarter
The foul trouble is a huge issue.
Antonio Daniels doesn't seem to be on his game tonight.
Spurs have scored on 9 straight possessions

SONICS 40 SPURS 39 with 4:40 left in the 2nd Q
This thing is headed in the wrong direction right now. The Sonics are not playing smart.

COMMENT FROM THE COMMENT ZONE
MattB said...

Hey, does anyone know the status of Ray Allen and his contract negociations? I have heard they offered him $100 mil and he turned it down.


Matt, that is not true. They offered a 5 year 70 million dollar deal and it was close to getting done but fell apart at the last moment. The Sonics thought the new collective bargaining agreement was going to come to fruition which would limited other teams to just 4 year contract. That may not happen.

SONICS 38 SPURS 35 with 6:07 left in the 2nd Quarter
Tim Duncan gets his 2nd foul at the 8:30 mark. Duncan only fouled out of 1 game in the regular season and 1 playoff game.
Brent Barry another brief stint. He is a shadow of the player that was in Seattle. It is looking smart to not re-sign him.
Sonics scored on 7 of thier first 8 possessions of the second quarter.
Ginobili checks back in at the 7:18 mark with the Sonics up 5. He has been a positive +/- player in every game.
Sonics defense is struggling. The Spurs have scored on 5 straight.
The Sonics have the Evans/James combo in that killed them in game #5.

SONICS 33 SPURS 25 with 8:45 left in the 2nd Quarter.
Small line-up to start the Quarter
The Sonics are pounding the ball right now instead of moving it. AD and Ray have been the culprits.
Foul trouble is a major issue. Collison has three and Fortson has two. The Sonics need those two on the floor.

LAY-UPS
The Spurs did not have a lay-up in the half court or on a fast break in the Quarter.

GUARDING TIM DUNCAN
Evans/James combo for 5:30. Duncan had 5 touches 0 points and 0 fouls drawn
Fortson for 2:40. Duncan had 3 touches and 2 points and 1 foul drawn

SONICS 25 SPURS 20 end of the 1st Quarter
Nick Collison picked up three fouls in a span of 3 possessions. That hurts. He is the only player who has been + in the +/- category for the series.
Tim Duncan finshes the quarter with no field goals and only 2 points.
Interesting Nate has played two bigs for the entire Quarter. The little line-up has been very effective in the series
Damien Wilkins denies Manu Ginobili 1 on 1 on the final possession of the Quarter.

SONICS 20 SPURS 15 with 2:56 left in the 1st Quarter
James and Ridnour check out at +5 on the +/-
Starting Line-up gets a huge thumbs up for their 1st half work.
Ray Allen has been very sloppy with the ball -- three open court turnovers.
Free throws have been a key all series and the Sonics have been to the line already 8 times.
Check out the numbers on wins v. losses at the bottom of the blog post.
Brent Barry got pulled after just three minutes on the floor.

SONICS 14 SONICS with 5:36 left in the 1st Quarter
Duncan 5 touches -- 0 points -- 0 fouls committed on him

SONICS 14 SPURS 6 with 6:00 left in the 1st Quarter
The first 6 minutes have dicatated every game of this series. Let's hope that stands.
Ray Allen has 6 points.
Brent Barry checks in. His +/- the last three games has been awful. Scan down for all the +/- of the series.

SONICS 6 SPURS 0 with 8:58 left in the 1st Quarter
Right before tip-off the arena was the loudest it has been all season.
The picks early in the game have been much better
Not sure where JJ is on the energy level

THOUGHT BEFORE TIP-OFF
Enjoy this game it has been an incredible season.
Who are we seeing for the last time at Key Arena?

Rashard Update
MRI on Rashard showed a bone bruise and tissue damage. The injury is more than just his toe.
Nonetheless, Rashard taped up and tried to go at shoot around and it hurt significantly just standing on the sidelines.

Things to keep an eye on tonight

• Start to the game
• Ginobili penetration
• Sonics starting line-up has to perform
• Banging on Duncan
• Ray Allen swinging the ball out of the double team


STARTING LINE-UPS
same as the last two nights.

EARLY STARTS MUCHO IMPORTANTE

STARTS TO GAMES
Game 1: Spurs 15-8 at 6 minute mark
Game 2: Spurs 13-8 at 6 minute mark
Game 3: Sonics 15-13 at 6 minute mark
Game 4: Sonics 16-9 at 6 minute mark
Game 5: Spurs 9-4 at 6 minute mark.

+/- RATINGS FOR THE SERIES
This is no different then hockey. When the player is on the floor the team outscores or is either outscored.

SONICS +/-
Player Total
Ridnour -31
Allen -27
Lewis -27
Evans -32 (in limited minutes)
James -43 (-46 in the losses)
AD -27 (-40 in the losses)
Nick 12 (only positive player who plays regularly)
Danny -2
Flip 6
Damien -5

SPURS +/-
Player Total
Parker 35 (+58 in wins)
Ginobili 43 (only player positive in every game)
Bowen 14
Duncan 39
Nazr 13 (big in games 2 and 5)
Barry -6 (-34 in the last 3 games)
Horry -5
Robinson 32 (33 in games 1 and 2)
Udrich 9
Nestorvic 17

WINS V. LOSSES
Here is a breakdown of what has been separating wins and losses for the Sonics in this series. Some of it is a bit surprising.

On the offensive side of things ….
  1. Good offensive rebounding has not lead to wins. In wins they are grabbing just 24% of the offensive rebounds, but in losses they are at 41%.

  2. Shooting hasn’t been a big issue either. In wins they are shooting 45% and in losses 44%. A better indicator is effective field goal % which accounts for 3pt shooting and in wins they are 48% and in losses 46%. This is not the discrepancy you would imagine.

  3. The big indicator has been turnovers. In wins the Sonics are turning it over just 12% of their possessions and in losses 17% of their possessions.

  4. The other indicator has been free throws in the 2 wins the Sonics have gone to the line an average of 30 times a game and in the two losses they have averaged 22.3 free throws a game.

77 comments:

Logan said...

we need to spread the floor better when Luke's being double team at the top of the key.

Logan said...

Ray has 3 turnovers already

Anonymous said...

Hopefully Fortson can keep his head in the game with Collison in foulr trouble

Anonymous said...

Nice to see others pick up the pieces at home

chris said...

(Is it too early to start talking about how critical the first 5 minutes of the 3rd quarter are going to be for the Sonics?)

MattB said...

We gotta keep the enrgy level up the enitre game if we want to have a chance. Hopefully wilkins will hit some jumpers as well since his 15 points were key in our last victory.

MattB said...

Wow 3 straight buckets, great way to start the 2nd quarter.

Locked on Sports said...

Thanks for coming into the comment zone.

MattB said...

Hey, does anyone know the status of Ray Allen and his contract negociations? I have heard they offered him $100 mil and he turned it down.

Chris said...

Resigning Ray is a no-brainer, but how impressive has A.D. been?! He'll be a major piece of the puzzle for next year. He's shown great poise and compsure out there in this series.

Anonymous said...

early on the sonics were playing more effective defense, and driving to the hoop. right now they aren't doing either. we need to force more turnovers - it was one of your keys to the game...not happening right now.

tsuiss said...

Sonics should play Potapenko more, he's making Duncan work very hard

Logan said...

It seems like Ray doesn't go over the pick.

Anonymous said...

How many turnovers does Ray have?

Anonymous said...

The one thing that seems to be missing from the Sonics' offense is consistently moving the ball. Let's see how many times they settle for 1 or 2 passes and shoot compared to 3 to 4 passes.

tsuiss said...

Potapenko is much more effective than Evans. Evans may get more rebounds, but Pot plays better defense on Duncan and more of an offensive set.

Anonymous said...

Fortsen needs to come back in; the guys need to stop shooting from the outside and get back to moving the ball and get back to scoring from the paint!

Anonymous said...

need to d-up and hit some key shots coming out of the 3rd. I know, I know, let's not state the obvious!

brian said...

Evans is scaring me. Not much d. Stays in front, plays conservative, but given his height and wingspan how he cannot change Parker's or Ginobli's shot, let alone block one, is amazing. Nick is not quick but more effective.

Luke looks so slow. He has to pull up his dribble as soon as he crosses half court, needs a screen just to get a pass off. AD is looking much more effective, driving and dishing or kicking.

Wilkins looks great, but inconsistent. Price paid for low minutes during the season...but who knew Rashard and Vlade would be down, so I don't blame Nate.

Anonymous said...

4 point sonic deficit when the technical foul was assessed to antonio. i liked the idea of sparking the fans and sonics with a tech. let's see what happens.

john i said...

I'm in line for beer and completely pissed - cansomeone tell me if the calls in this game are completely lopsided tonight? I'm usually the last guy to fall into ref-bashing, but the refs have seriously taken us - particularly our interior guys - out of this game.

brian said...

john, i don't think there is bias - it seems pretty even - but it seems like the wrong calls are being made for both teams, which is hurting the sonics.

Nick had 3 pretty cheap calls, and so did Brent Barry, but the Sonics need Nick's D more the the spurs need Brent.

Andy said...

why did nate get that technical?

brian said...

reggie is like the reincarnation of Kurt Rambis. No, sorry, even Rambis could finish better than reggie. Has there ever been a dude who was that athletic(well, besides no hops) who just didn't get ANY better at all?

Anonymous said...

where is Fortsen!!

Anonymous said...

I don't think the refs are one sided on teams, but they are definitely biased on individual players. Our big men cannot get any calls and get called for very little, because the refs give no respect them like they do for Duncan, Parker and Ginobli...

MattB said...

That sucks big time that refs are biased that way. Every game needs to be called evenly regardless of whos playing. The only man I can say deserved more respect from the refs is of course MJ.

brian said...

It's scary, but it seems like Damien could very well be the difference maker. He can give the Sonics what they desparately need at both ends and the open floor. But his lack of experience leads to inconsistency.

Will nate take that risk?

brian said...

I disagree with you mattb about MJ. I think to some degree he was the only one WHO DID NOT deserve it - he was such a phenomenal athlete, he got away with walks, did not play smart d, but got away with it because of his athleticism.

I'd say (my opinion) that Bird, Adrian Dantley (knew how to work that *ss), Stockton, Bernard King, Dumars, and Duncan are the type of guys who deserve it - smart players who, sure, know and exploit some veteran tricks but are schooled on the fundamentals.

brian said...

No 3 pointers??? WTF?

Chris said...

Where are you RAY!?

Chris said...

THERE YOU ARE!

brian said...

Hey chris, Ray heard us! tied baby! Maybe we should ask where the 20-0 run is?

Andy said...

Boom Goes the dynomite!!!

Anonymous said...

Nice comeback! GO SONICS!!!

Logan said...

that was a very bad call on Wilkens, it was just terrible

Anonymous said...

the 1st 6 minutes of the 1st quarter, and the the 3rd quarter pass and the sonics play tough. On top of that they're moving the ball more.

Let's go baby!

Logan said...

with the game being so close, how big was the missed call on Wilkins?

Logan said...

with the game being so close, how big was the missed call on Wilkins?

Anonymous said...

potentially it could be big. The Sonics are getting stops now - they just need to convert on opportunities

brian said...

Wow - whoever loses this game will be distraught. Sonics have missed lots of opportunities, but have scrapped and still have a chance.

Spurs have played awful at times, yet still had a chance to put this thing away.

Chris said...

Come ON Sonics!!!!!

brian said...

These numbers do not add up:

Brent Barry: 6 fouls in 13 minutes.
Bruce Bowen: 2 fouls in 33 minutes.

I think they keep getting the wrong BB.

Andy said...

Ginolbli flops so freaking much. He pisses me off. There are very few players I hate...but I hate ginobli.

Andy said...

BOOM GOES THE DYNOMITE!!!

brian said...

whoa. when collison wouldn't pull the trigger on the 12 footer, i thought it spelled doom. but ridnour and nick had a nice give, roll, go & dunk.

brian said...

aaaahhh this is too close!

watch horry - he is doing some crafty weak side holds & box outs. Very subtle, just enough to get the edge, not so much that he gets a call.

-A. said...

This is crazy!!!

[These guys have no business being in the game...]

WOW!!!!

I might passout.

MattB said...

This is an unbelievable game isn't it? That was an amazing shot by Wilkins. Big ups to D.

Anonymous said...

this is just flat out fun! The Spurs are lucky we are so injuried otherwise this series would have been over a few games ago.

Go Sonics!!!

brian said...

at the 2min timeout, nate is telling them to go to the rack. Hope they get the call at home...

MattB said...

Man I hope J.J. BRINGS his A game on the court now, we need him to step up big time.

Andy said...

That was a tough call...but at least duncan missed the FT.

MattB said...

Damn, I cant watch them celbrate on our floor, cmon Sonics.

Chris said...

Every time these teams throw a punch, the Spurs ALWAYS seem to land first. So frustrating. Horry-ble.

Andy said...

Also, did anyone else think that ginobli was just looking for a flopping opportunity when he dribbled through every sonic?

Andy said...

Ray needs to flop like ginobli when he gets mugged by bowen

brian said...

OK, that is lame. jj should have stayed square, but he was still in the restricto-zone!

MattB said...

I feel a Ray 3 commin.

Andy said...

AD choked...missing that short on a pressure FT is a clear choke. Thank god the second one managed to find a way to fall.

Logan said...

no horry!

brian said...

Oh man, the Spurs have so many ways to win this...If Damien can pick the ball off in a passing lane, that would sure help...

MattB said...

Everyone knows the ball is going from parker to duncan. Lets just pray Nike can stop him.

Anonymous said...

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Chris said...

COME ON GIACOMO!!!!

cskarstens said...

down goes frazier.......
down goes frazier.......

brian said...

and that was sadly too easy. ballgame. actually, watching the replay, it was about the worst defense i've ever seen.

I'm so proud of the sonics season. It's too bad for Luke and Vitaly, who might have the replay of them stapled to the floor with duncan between them open from 2 feet.

MattB said...

I aint watchin the game, did it count?

MattB said...

SH!T. Man what a run it's been this year. Nobody expected the Sonics to even make the playoffs and look how far they got against the team that I belive will make it to the finals.

brian said...

duncan not even guarded under the hoop. daniels misses the heave with 0.5 secs left.

98-96.

MattB said...

Please tell me how the hell he got open from 2 feet?

brian said...

so, do you question putting vitaly in for the last play? I know he's fronted duncan well, but it seems like there was a huge mix up on duncan. You'd think that everyone besides whoever was on duncan would have collapsed on ginobli, not vitaly! The only one to switch on duncan was ridnour, and he wasn't going to stop duncan anyway - so he didn't miss the switch.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the awesome season! I hope they bring everybody back=)

brian said...

locke, did vitaly blow the coverage?

He left (late) Duncan to come up on Ginobli, but Ginobli pulled up and dimed to duncan at exactly the right time.

I think Vitaly screwed up - you'd only switch off duncan to get ball if you knew weak side help was coming - but ridnour was the only one over there, and he just stood there - but even if he was supposed to cover duncan, what was he going to do?

Blown assignment or terrible scheme?

Andy said...

How was duncan so open underneath.

Also, I just watched the end of the pacer-piston game on tivo. Millers last moments brought a tear to my eye. Kind of feels like and end to an era for me. To me he seems like the last of the NBA that I grew up with...now I am an old timer I guess :(

vitalogist said...

was ray's last shot a 2 or a 3?

MattB said...

Andy,
There is still a couple left isn't there? Payton is left and dont forget Vlade :)