Sonics Update

  • Saturday, December 8, 2001 9:00pm
  • Sports

Opponent: Los Angeles Lakers

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles

TV: KONG (Channel 6/16)

Radio: KJR (950 AM)

SEATTLE

Reb

MinFGFTO-TAFPt

Lewis371-82-23-5424

Baker359-162-43-82320

Booth141-41-20-1213

Barry314-82-21-34212

Payton437-214-42-67321

Watson203-60-11-2216

Radmnovic376-130-01-54315

Oyedeji61-20-00-1022

Drobnjak42-20-00-0004

Williams62-30-00-1204

Long70-11-21-3031

Totals36-8412-1712-35272092

Totals45-8120-2812-423418113

Percentages: FG .556, FT .714. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Patterson 1-1, Kerr 1-2, Wallace 1-4, Wells 0-1, Pippen 0-1, Stoudamire 0-2). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots: 3 (Davis, Kemp, Randolph). Turnovers: 11 (Wells 4, Davis 2, Randolph 2, Stoudamire, Pippen, Brunson). Steals: 9 (Wallace 3, Pippen 3, Stoudamire, Wells, Patterson). Technical Fouls: Defensive Three Second, 1:08 second; Defensive Three Second, 7:06 third; Defensive Three Second, 3:32 third; Wells, 10:56 fourth.


Seattle

18

29

23

22

92

Portland

31

26

27

29

113


Attendance-19,980 (19,980). Time-2:05.

Nate can relate: Sonics coach Nate McMillan said he empathizes with Jeff Van Gundy’s decision to resign as coach of the New York Knicks. In announcing his decision on Saturday, Van Gundy cited family obligations and a lack of focus that he felt necessary to be successful.

“As a head coach, you are always thinking, ‘Do you want to deal with the amount of pressure you put on yourself to be successful for the organization?’” McMillan said. “You have to look at your family situation and how they are handling things – the direction of the club, the organization.

“I definitely can understand how he feels and his thoughts.”

Injury update: McMillan said Desmond Mason, on the injured list with a bruised right knee, will shoot at the team’s practice facility today and try to practice with the team Monday.

Jerome James (sprained right foot) will practice Monday without contract. The Sonics face the Lakers on Tuesday and the Clippers on Wednesday, both in Los Angeles.

“We’ll evaluate those guys after practice Monday,” McMillan said.

Side jobs: Sonics forward Vin Baker and guard Brent Barry will join the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s performance of “Nutcracker.”

Baker will repeat his performance in the role of “Grandfather.” Barry will make his conducting debut as “Maestro” as he leads the acclaimed PNB Orchestra in “Waltz of the Flowers.”

New look: The Sonics announced the launch of a new design with added features to the team’s official Web site www.supersonics.com.

Frank Hughes

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