Sunday, May 01, 2005

LIVE BLOG -- GAME 4 SONICS AT KINGS

SORRY WE JUST LOST THE 1ST QUARTER BLOGS. I DON'T KNOW HOW TO GET THEM BACK SORRY
Place your questions and thoughts in the comments areas and I will try to get to them and give you my thoughts.

2nd Half Stats
Offensive Efficiency: 114
Defensive Efficiency: 132 (an amazing 140 in the 2nd quarter)
Offensive Rebounding%: 22% (not acceptable)
Defensive Rebounding%: 55%
Effective Field Goal%: 61% (70+% in the second quarter)
Effective Def FG%: 57% (That is shockingly poor)
Offensive Turnover%: 22 % (this is Game 3 all over again
Defensive Turnover%:10%

KINGS 68 SONICS 56 at the Halfime.
68 points in a half is a joke, the Kings aren't this good. They look great but that is largely because the Sonics are showing no resistance.
Second chance points are 17-2
Kenny Thomas is dominating Seattle.
The Sonics look like they have never played defense before.
Terrible ends of quarters will cost Seattle this game.

KINGS 60 SONICS 52 with 1:04 left in the half
Vlady Radmanovic really looks like he is out of rhythm. He missed a ton of practice
Vlady is so bad on the boards right now it is almost impossible to have him on the floor. Then back to back turnovers by Allen and Lewis.
The bonehead plays to end each quarter are enough to cost you a game.
The end of the 1st Quarter and now allowing offenisive rebound on the back end of a free throw.
The game has gone small with Collison and Songalia playing center
The turnovers are killing the Sonics.

KINGS 55 SONICS 48 with 2:55 left in the 2nd Quarter.
No one is playing any defense.
Seattle has scored on 11 of 13 possessions.
Then they committed back to back turnovers.
They can't make mistakes they built to big a hole. If they let down in the final 2:58 left they will never have a chance in this game.

KINGS 49 SONICS 44 with 4:34 left in the 2nd Quarter
A 17-2 run
When Vlady re-entered Nate said to him, you have to rebound, he just got beat again on the defensive boards.
Jerome is scoring ont he pick and roll instead of post up like he did in Game 1. This is much better for the Sonics.
I like having Cutino Mobley on the other team.

KINGS 43 SONICS 34 with 7:13 left in the 2nd Quarter
Miller is killing Jerome
The Sonics scored on 8 of their first 14 possessions and once they went to the bench they scored on just 3 of their next 15.
They have gone to the starters plus Vlady for Reggie and have scored on 5 straight possessions.

59 comments:

Andy said...

One complaint while I wait for the game...Can you tell mitch the next time he pimps for Comcast ask them why in the hell the city with the most HD TVs per capita is down the list when they add HD channels. Comcast issues a press release about how they now have TNT HD just in time for the playoffs...except that the seattle MSO doesn't freaking have it yet.

How does arco feel before this game as opposed to the last game? My guess is that last game was more nervousness whereas this game is pure excitement.

MattB said...

Just like I said during game 3, we need to get Rashard the ball in the post early. Let's see if the Sonics can do that.

Andy said...

As a kings fan I love this tempo.

MattB said...

Wow Miller is hitting like crazy, might as well see if he can knock a 3 down. Lets see if the Sonics bench can get something going.

Andy said...

That is his shot...he will hit 80% of those. If james keeps sagging off so far Miller will score 50.

MattB said...

From what I have been noticing, the Kings weakpoint is the paint area. We need to be attacking more becuase the jumpers arent goin down consistantly.

Anonymous said...

Ugh! Horrible five-point play for the Kings!

It looks like the Sonics are a little confused on defense. They seem like they are yelling at each other a lot, trying to communicate. Hope they get it cleared up ...

DJ Chameleon said...

5 points in the last 1.3 is a crusher. This game is looking exactly like game three so far. Hang in there for first 6 minutes, fall behind by double digits at the end of the first quarter. Let's hope we don't fall behind by 21 in the second like we did in game three.

Andy said...

The sonics look a step slow in this game...even worse than game 3. That end of the quarter might suck more life out of them.

MattB said...

A Fast start to this quarter is all we need to get some momentum. If the Sonics score on thier first few possesions, they should be able to hang with the Kings this quarter. I still say feed it to the bigs to start off.

Anonymous said...

IT'S OVER ALREADY--The loudest arena in the NBA, Jerome James realizing he's Jerome James, Rashard Lewis is invisible ...and those ugly yellow duds....2-2 and momentum .....see ya in San Antone...and Ray Allen will be a Cav next year.

Anonymous said...

The coaching staff needs to step up ... The team looks confused by the high post offense ...

MattB said...

To that last post, It's ony the Second quarter how can you say it's over. Obviously he's just another trash talker that doesnt know a thing about basketball. Turnovers are killing us again!

wOg said...

Ignore the trolls ...

Anonymous said...

Nate loves to talk about respecting the game. Like the Kings in Game 2, these players obviously aren't. Where is Damien Wilkins?

John said...

Antonio Daniels is awful. He's playing selfish and not playing any D. He went for the shot, complained and jogged up the court while Sac was on a fast break. Just terrible.

MattB said...

A few more buckets by the Kings and we will have no life at all. It seems like we cant string anything together tonight.

Cap said...

Bibby shouldn't have had a chance at that rebound which led to the fast break dunk. The team isn't playing ball the right way...boxing out, playing help defense, and generally being the aggressor on defense.

Myk said...

The team is playing completely awful. How come they can't see that everytime they take the ball to the hoop things go good. Instead they hang out at the 3 point line until 8 seconds on the clock and then force the shot.

BE THE AGGRESSORS!

DJ Chameleon said...

Am I watching game three or game four? This looks like an instant replay. Why are we commiting so many turnovers? It doesn't look to me like the Kings are playing great defense but we sure are out of our rhythmn.

John said...

I hope we've seen the last of Antonio Daniels for the game and in a Sonics uni

Myk said...

Good Spurt..Only question I have is why isn't Reggie playing more...I think they should stick him on Miller and try to get him out of his game...

DJ Chameleon said...

We made a good run at the same point in the 2nd quarter in game three also. This is way too eiry.

Cap said...

Nice 90-second exhange by the Supes. Force tough shots, rebound, and run. I thought that Rashard's recognition and kick-out of the lane on the forced fast break was a great play. He didn't get the AST, but he made that 3 happen by not forcing the ball to the hole.

DJ Chameleon said...

I like the fact we are getting the ball to Rashard in a variety of ways. Not just posting him up on the left block so much.

DJ Chameleon said...

Now we are playing Sonics basketball! It is about time we played some defense. Lead down to 7. Sacramento will start feeling the pressure soon. Now Jerome gets the slam on the break and the free throw.

All is forgiven. go Sonics.

Cap said...

2 nice looks by Ray on the break. Looks like the Kings are a bit tired, maybe Brad Miller is slowing down.

wOg said...

Vlady needs to give Kenny Thomas something to do ... Take him to the hole, Vlad-man!

DJ Chameleon said...

Interesting idea to start posting Ray Allen on Mobley. Let's see how that plays out.

Myk said...

It would be nice if our guards could learn from Bibby and everytime you go into the lane just jump into a defender..you will get a foul at least 75% of the time

MattB said...

It looks like Ray is gonna keep attacking. That's the weakness for the kings, they cant stop the Sonics from getting to the cup.

Andy said...

Mobley on allen is a huge mismatch. The kings need to adjust or Ray will continue to score at will.

Cap said...

Interesting, indeed. Mobley can't guard an old lady at this point. Seems like Ray can get off with regularity on him.

Supes are back to not playing smart defense. Maybe I'm a homer, but it seems as though the Kings are getting a lot more calls than the Supes are. Maybe it's a result of being more aggressive, I dunno. But the Kings are receiving the majority of the calls from what I'm seeing.

Myk said...

Every shot the Sonics take should be a dunk or a lay up the Kings play no interior defense...

MattB said...

If the Sonics can keep this thing down to a 5 point lead that outta give them some confidence goin into the half. They were down 13 at one point.

Cap said...

Actually, the Supes were down 19 early in the second quarter. OK defense and good offense brought them back.

Rashard should have had that pass in the paint. Big time players make a play in that situation in the playoffs.

DJ Chameleon said...

They were down by 19 briefly.

MattB said...

We are getting killed on the offensive glass today, why isn't Danny in there?

Myk said...

I just dont think the Sonics have the mental toughness to impose their will on the defensive end. The Kings are a good offensive team and seem to be able to score at will. It is going to be almost impossible to get over the hump if we don't play good D for more than 2 minutes at a time

DJ Chameleon said...

Down 60 - 52 with 1:02 left. Moral victory to keep it in single digits but way to high scoring and to high a tempo for my taste.

DJ Chameleon said...

Sacramento is back in their comfort zone. They are scoring at will. Very bad sign. I can only hope Nate can make some halftime adjustments to tighten our defense.

MattB said...

WAY to many turnovers. You cant have 3 turnovers in 3 minutes and expect to win ballgames. Like DJ said, hopefully we can keep this thing in single digits.

Andy said...

Mike Bibby is definitely back to playoff form. And Peja seems to have come off of the milk carton to join the rest of us in this first round series.

MattB said...

I am loosing hope fast here, If the Sups cant get this thing close before the end of the game we will have no confidence goin back to Seattle.

Andy said...

Sonics shooting nearly 60% and trail by 12. Wow!

DJ Chameleon said...

That is absolutely brutal. We can't let Bibby get open looks like that at the end of the quarters. Right now I hate to say it but we don't deserve to win this game. We have played token defense for all but a 4 minute stretch of the second quarter.

I expect Nate to tear a few new a** holes in the locker room.

Myk said...

yeah I think the series is done..we just dont have the confidence to know we will shut them down..but they have the confidence that they can outscore us..68 points in a half is pathetic high school basketball..

Myk said...

yeah I think the series is done..we just dont have the confidence to know we will shut them down..but they have the confidence that they can outscore us..68 points in a half is pathetic high school basketball..

DJ Chameleon said...

We should be ashamed. Shooting 57% and still down 12. 68 points in the half. 17 more Field oal attempts by the Kings. We have committed 11 turnovers already. The Kings are outrebounding us for the first time all series. The only thing keeping this from a total embarrasment is our shooting.

The first 4 minutes of the third will tell all. If we don't fix these many faults in our game we will be bum rushed out of Sacramento with our tail between our legs.

Cap said...

Seattle gave up 52 shots in the half, which is a horrible number in the playoffs. Supes are also getting out-rebounded by an average rebounding team.

Andy said...

The kings will have at least 7 players in double figures by the end of the game.

Cap said...

To add to what Cham said, the Supes don't need to dominate in the areas that they're currently deficient in order to win. A nominal increase in each area will gain more for the team than the sum of the individual parts.

Andy said...

With Miller and Thomas in the mix the kings are no longer an average rebounding team.
The problem for the sonics is that the kings are a total wild card. They have the players of a great team...look at their roster...they haven't actually played together until this series so regular season stats and tendencies go out the window. And as I said before the longer this series goes the better the Kings will get.

MattB said...

Take most of the turnovers away and we are easily within single digits. I havent been watching the game so can someone tell me how these turnovers were happening. Were Lewis and Ray just making stupid passes or were bibby and Peja swiping it from them?

Locked on Sports said...

I HAVE STARTED A NEW BLOG FOR THE SECOND HALF BECASUE WE ARE LOSING INFORMATION RIGHT NOW.

DJ Chameleon said...

Rashard is playing well. The sonics have only allowed 10 points so far with 7:56 left. Much better defense. We now have a chance.

Wow. What a fake wraparound by Ray Allen. Now down 6 with 7:16 left. We have ourselves a game.

Myk said...

Really we are watching two teams who need to do the same exact things to win. Who ever does them better will get the win. The only time one team does better than the other is when the bad team settles for jump shots and misses them..still dont think the Sonics come back

Myk said...

what a wasted opportunity had 4 chances to cut the lead of 5 and didnt...

DJ Chameleon said...

Myk. The blog has been split because of some technical problem. Head on over to

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