As I see it, the next 11 days will determine the Sonics' season.
With a miserable 10-17 record, Seattle stands six games back of the #8 seed in the playoffs. And while some might say the playoffs are not important for this team's progress, I disagree. I think the playoffs are essential to the team's development - or else this ship needs to be blown up, and quick, because Ray Allen ain't getting any younger, people, and he ain't getting any better.
In the next 11 days, the Sonics play 5 games: Toronto, New Orleans, at Denver, at Minnesota, and finishing with Boston on New Year's Eve at Key Arena.
The Sonics must win 4 of those 5 to stand any chance at moving forward this year. A 4-1 mark would put Seattle's record at the end of 2006 at 14-18, which would put them amidst the Golden States, Minnesotas, and Portlands of the world. With Allen due back on Saturday, the Toronto game is now winnable again. Likewise, New Orleans and Boston at home. That leaves Minnesota as the one tough road game the Sonics must get.
If I'm Rick Sund and Clay Bennett, I'm giving this train until January 1st to get back on track. If the Sonics manage to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory more than once in the next 11 days, I'd seriously consider unhooking some of the cars from the train and start adding some different pieces.
Thank you for not saying "Its NOW time"--we all know how that ended up. I agree that it's important to make the playoffs. It would be a big deal this year, especially. Won't find me crying if the Sonics end up in the cellar and get Oden, though.
It seems pretty obvious the Sonics need a veteran big man - because Collison, Petro, Greek Guy, and Sene, aren't cutting it. Man, I'd love to see Dale Davis or PJ Brown here.
I'm not sure Detroit will part with DD, Nazr has been playing pretty poorly. People talk smack 'cause he's old but he's got serious game--I think his recent trouble with the law, unjustifiably so, light a fire under his ass.
I'm glad to see a slightly more optimistic look at the Sonics after the near suicide note you left when the Nugs got Iverson.
Keep hope alive!
Realistically, the NO game is the only one we have a hope of winning, yet I still see us losing it by 2-5 points. We need to trade Lewis for someone who won't fade at crunch time (or totally vanish for games at a time) and blow up the crazy center/power forward experiment to get one decent and one servicable at each spot intead of the vast number of 'potentials' we currently get abused with nightly. And people, Swifty is not the answer. He sucked in the preseason, so quit the 'if only' crap, wake up & smell the coffee: it's stale, the team is stale and it's badly put together.
Let's go for 0-5, a Ray Allen trade and a top 5 draft pick. Durant here we come!
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