Opponent: Philadelphia 76ers
When: 4 p.m.
Where: Wachovia Center, Philadelphia
TV: FSN (cable)
Radio: KJR (950 AM)
Probable starters: For Seattle – forwards Rashard Lewis (6 feet, 10 inches) and Reggie Evans (6-8), center Jerome James (7-1), guards Ray Allen (6-5) and Luke Ridnour (6-2). For Philadelphia – forwards Andre Iguodala (6-6) and Kenny Thomas (6-7), center Marc Jackson (6-10), guards Allen Iverson (6-0) and Willie Green (6-4).
Next game: Seattle at New Jersey, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Sonics guard Ray Allen was honored by the NBA on Monday as the Western Conference Player of the Week for his play from Nov. 8-14.
In those seven days, Allen averaged 28.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists as the Sonics won games against Denver, Sacramento, Toronto and Memphis. Through Sunday’s games, Allen ranked third in the NBA in scoring average (26.0) and fourth in 3-point percentage (.600).
This is the third time Allen has been so honored by the NBA since joining the Sonics on Feb. 20, 2003. He was chosen for the week of Jan. 5-11, 2004, when he averaged 26.8 points (including a season-high 42 points in an overtime win against Portland) and 7.3 assists as the Sonics went 3-1. He was also selected for Feb. 24-March 2 of 2003, his first full week in Seattle, after averaging 28.3 points, 7.5 assists and 6.0 rebounds in a week the Sonics went 4-0.
Allen was also picked three times for the weekly award while with the Milwaukee Bucks from the 1996-97 season up to his trade to Seattle.
Injury update: Neither center Vitaly Potapenko nor guard Flip Murray was expected to accompany the team to the East Coast. Both players are on the injured list – Potapenko with a broken hand, Murray with a strained quadriceps muscle – and neither one was expected to be ready to practice before the Sonics return after a Nov. 24 game in Memphis.
Sonics coach Nate McMillan said he wants both players to get in a few practices before they return to the active roster.
Rich Myhre, Herald Writer