No other way to describe that game against Minnesota. After the Dallas loss at home, I figured the next 5 games would tell the tale for the Sonics' playoff chances this year - they'd probably win two home games, lose to Denver, then Minnesota ...?
Well, that question mark can firmly be labeled an L, and the Sonics' likelihood at the playoffs is somewhere around the likelihood of an outdoor swim in Minnesota or Denver this week.
Hopefully, the Sonics will rebound against the Celtics on New Year's Eve, but I'm not exactly holding my breath. Oh, in case you're thinking the Sonics will be able to get off to a good start in '07, here's their first two weeks' worth of opponents:
Dallas, Houston, Knicks, Golden State, Phoenix, Miami, Utah
Friends, it just doesn't get easier when you're the worst or next-to-worst team in the Conference.
With all of that in mind, here's some off-the-cuff resolutions for the Sonics for 2007.
Rick Sund - Find a way to deal either Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis, or both. If you haven't guessed it by now, this team is going nowhere, and Sugar Ray - new child notwithstanding - is no spring chicken.
Bob Hill - Learn how to use workopolis.com more efficiently.
Clay Bennett - Return "How to Order Coffee and Speak Seattlese in 3 Easy Steps."
Earl Watson - Buy new set of luggage - you're gonna need it.
Danny Fortson - Ask Earl if you can use his old suitcases.
Mickael Gelabale - Stay in shape - you're gonna see a lot of minutes come February.
Ray Allen - Seriously consider selling your home in Seattle while the market's still favorable.
Luke Ridnour - Resolve to buy extra thank you cards for Earl for screwing up his chance at taking your job.
Rashard Lewis - Be thankful your injury keeps you out of crappy Sonic highlights on ESPN for the next two months.
Nick Collison - Resolve to visit mystic Hindu spa where you can find yourself, or at least find Reggie Evans' self, 'cause this Nick ain't the Nick we need.
Chris Wilcox - Resolve to send thank you note to Dunleavy for allowing you to come to Seattle, where you can now make $8 mil. a year to be an underachiever.
And, finally, Johan Petro - Just keep counting the days until free agency, when some dumb GM will undoubtedly give you a six-year deal.
Happy 2007, everybody!