As a year ago, the Sonics open with the Clips, aka Duke, So-Cal Style. The Clippers have added Sam Cassell and Cuttino Mobley in an effort to corner the market on point guards who wish they were two guards. Can Steve Francis and Nate Archibald be far behind?
As always, Elton Brand will be the key for Seattle’s defense. They held the big fella to less than 20 ppg last year, but with no JJ around, and the Potato possibly MIA, it will be up to the mish-mash of 4s and 5s to do the job tonight.
As a year ago, the Sonics are favored to win. It doesn’t take a genius to see the Clippers are not a legitimate player in the west and the Sonics are. Of course, the Hornets had no chance in their home opener, either, so there you go. In any event, here’s the scoop:
SPREAD – Sonics by 6
OVER/UNDER – 194
PETE’S PICK: Seattle 100 – Clippers 88
All right Sonics - please don't suck!
Johan Petro - 4 Clippers 0
Supes 16 Clips 4
(Petro has 6 pts, Evans has 4 ... are we in Bizarro world?)
Maybe I should ditch the computer lab and go watch the second half in my apartment, probably one of the few Sonics games on TV where I am for the year...
The team has legitimate problems on defense, such as Luke Ridnour and Ronald Murray; I already miss Antonio Daniels.
I was most disappointed in Weiss. The lineup they started to open the fourth quarter was a disaster. They couldn't score, and they couldn't play defense. Beyond that, they were great.
I really wish they had left Petro in. He was their most consistent scorer in the paint. That 3 guard lineup (luke, Flip, ray) was awful.
Is it just me, or does our offense look completely different -- i.e. out of sync -- when Flip Murray is running the point? It's like any time he touches the ball, you know he's gonna dribble for like 15 seconds before throwing one up. I can't stand it.
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