Is tonight the night the Sonics clinch a Northwest Division title? The Magic 8 Ball on my desk says yes, and who am I to argue?
The Sonics haven't swept the Lakers since 00-01, but with AD, Rashard, and Radman out with injuries, even this seemingly easy game looks difficult. Still, the Lakers are 11-26 on the road, Kobe's at less than full strength, Lamar Odom will be watching from the bench, and Los Angeles is obviously playing out the string. I'll take the Sonics and give the 9 1/2 points.
On a more interesting note, this comes from George Karl in Marc Stein's NBA column at espn.com:
"So much of what has happened here reminds me of when I went to Seattle," Karl told us on Tuesday night's NBA Nation, recalling his first playoff series as Sonics coach against another team (Golden State) that had fired him. "There's so much karma between the two situations that I think that's where destiny is pushing it."
Curious George is referring to the possibility of a Sonics-Nuggets first-round matchup. Now, this is going to sound strange, but watching George matched up with Wally Walker gives me mixed emotions. I love the Sonics like a fat man loves donuts, but I can't say I feel the same towards Walker, especially the way he torched a championship team of its 3 main ingredients (Karl, Payton, and Kemp). Anyone else a little conflicted about this possible matchup?