Damien Wilkins missed the game due to personal reasons. Apparently, so did a lot of Sonic fans.
Yes, Kevin Durant shined once again, but Elton Brand shined even more, and the result was yet another blowout loss for the Sonics, this time a 102-84 score to the Clippers before a KeyArena crowd announced at 10,392, but one which was definitely smaller than that.
The fourth quarter was the difference in the game, as Brand scored 13 points and the Clips outscored Seattle 33-14. Durant put up nine points in the fourth, but a simple bit of math will tell you the rest of his teammates only contributed four. Former Gonzaga star Dan Dickau also threw in nine points of his own in the fourth period, contributing to his +26 total in a mere 21 minutes.
Carlesimo, as always, looked for excuses, telling Gary Washburn of the PI that the reasons for Seattle's poor offensive output are because, "(Wilcox) is not here. He's not playing. Robert (Swift) is not here and he's not playing. (Mickael Gelabale) is not here and he's not playing."
So there you go, Sonic fans. Apparently, Robert Swift, Mickael Gelabale, and Chris Wilcox are all that is standing between the Sonics being a playoff caliber team again.
You know, because they did so well with those three on the roster earlier in the year.