Well, yours truly is stuck at work this evening for at least an hour or so later than normal, which means I can check out the Bucks-Sonics game on the web. Feel free to comment as it transpires, and I'll try to do the same.
In the immortal words of Brent Musberger, "You are LOOKING LIVE at MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN!"
I agree with the comment posted earlier - Michael Redd v Damien Wilkins (or Lewis, depending on how the Bucks line up) will be huge. I think the Omen can slow down Redd, and I like the Sonics chances tonight. Here's my guess:
Sonics 112-Bucks 105
According to the Bucks broadcast team, Ruben Patterson will be a key tonight. Andrew Bogut claims that "whenever Ruben plays well, we win."
And, whenver Ruben doesn't get arrested, the Bucks play better. So he's got that going for him.
Just curious: Do Darrell Jackson and Rashard Lewis have a competition going to see who can grow the longest chin-beard?
17-9 start for the Bucks; looks like the Sonics have gone back to the "Let's fall behind by 10 in the first quarter and play well the rest of the game" routine that killed them the first part of the season.
I like the Lewis-Patterson matchup; Rashard should get plenty of good looks tonight from the perimeter.
Nice alley-oop for Wilcox; he's got 6 so far and looking like he's in for another double-double tonight.
Anybody else wonder if Ruben Patterson and Mark Chmura trade pointers on how to avoid arrest when you're having sex with underage girls?
I don't have a good feeling about this game - ruben's already got 7 points, which means we could be in for the monthly "Ruben Patterson is an electric player" event.
After starting out 17-9 in the hole, Seattle's run off 25-13 in the other direction.
Looks like we've lost Watson for the night; Mike Wilks gets a chance now, right? I think Wilks is from milwaukee originally, or he played there, or something like that.
Petro is on fire tonight - 10 points and we're not even at halftime yet. He's really looking active and excited to play.
Not having Watson might hurt us in the 2nd half; it's one thing when Allen is out, or when Watson is out, but this means Frodo is going to have to play major minutes, then have to go up against the Bulls tomorrow.
If I'm Hill, forget about saving Frodo for tomorrow - use him up tonight and hope for the best tomorrow night, because tonight's game is winnable.
Just turned the game on; can't believe Petro's in double-figures at the half - that's freakin' unbelievable. Either Wilks or Denham Brown has to get some time in the 2nd half - no way Luke's going to go the whole half, and with no Earl something's got to give.
Nice rotation by Collison; he drew a foul to stop Patterson, but it was worth it to prevent a dunk.
Well, we've got ourselves a game here. The next 12 minutes is huge for this road trip. If the Sonics can't hang on, this might be a long week ahead.
Petro needs to rediscover the offensive touch from the 1st half.
Tough turnover; the Sonics had a chance to extend the lead to 6 points and the Bucks might have started to get a little desperate. Instead, they turned it over ... c'mon guys, bring down the hammer on these bums!
This game is definitely there for the Sonics to take; it's just going to take some good execution down the stretch.
God, I hate Ruben Patterson.
They cannot lose this game.
Sonics and Bucks have combined for 2 bench points in the second half.
Frickin Collison just turned it over again.
Let's give some props to Wilkins and the Sonics for shutting Redd down. The guy's only scored 17 points, or about half what he normally gets.
Err, 22 points. Still, they've done a good job.
Huge board for Collison after the craptacular steal from Patterson on the other end. Man, they have got to get something here or it is OVER.
I'd go for the foul here.
Four-game losing streak here we come.
"Ruben Patterson, Your American Family Player of the Game."
Wow, there's not too much you can add to that one.
I'm this close to kicking my television; I really thought this was a game the Sonics would win. I don't know how many nip and tuck losses we can take.
We'll see how happy everyone is after tonight's game.
Talk about a bitter pill to swallow; this game was it - the Sonics win and the road trip will probably be okay.
Now? Our starters are exhausted, we've got no Ray and probably no Earl, and now we've got to play the Bulls in Chicago tonight. If I'm betting this game, I'm taking the Bulls and giving about 35 points.
Wish that Hill had called for a foul with 27 seconds left; instead, the Bucks ran the clock down to 2.3 and the Sonics had no chance to score.
If he'd fouled, the Bucks would have at best led by 3, and the Sonics would have a great chance for an open look at the other end. I was surprised by what Hill did.
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