As the Sonics match up against the Celtics tonight at the Key, itâ€™s two teams that are exactly alike.
Thatâ€™s unfortutate because Boston is not a good team, nor will they be a good team soon. Looking at team stats
theyâ€™re basically the same team with Seattle being a bit better offensively and Boston better on the defensive end of the floor.
Seattle has been dreadful at home and Friday nightâ€™s nationally televised game might have been a low point. It wasnâ€™t low because they lost to the Mavs (a much better team), but because they dominated the game for most of the night, and then when it mattered, they lost to a team that had played the night before. The really sad part was seeing the Mavs do whatever they wanted.
Iâ€™m sure Sonics players sent the Seahawks Thank You cards for Christmas as the Sonics have been in the media shadow in Seattle and probably havenâ€™t been under the hard scrutiny their play deserves.
Minnesota hasnâ€™t been tremendously better than the Sonics under D. Casey for those in the â€œwish we had Dwayne rather than Bob Weissâ€ camp. Iâ€™m still seeing a team trying to find its identity and rotations well into the season. It takes time to get used to a new coach (well, unless youâ€™re Detroit) so I think Weiss deserves some patience from fans, but itâ€™s hard to get motivated by the play of thisâ€”especially their poor defensive performances.
I would love to see Seattle get after it tonight and hold the Celts below 94 points while scoring over 100 themselves.
I felt bad for Luke having such a bad game Friday night. Heâ€™s a dedicated Christian, but Iâ€™m sure he spent the Christmas weekend working on his game (knowing his strong work ethic). It would be nice to have a bounce-back game for Luke and see him start gaining some confidence and rhythm with his shot.
And maybe the holiday good cheer will see Nick get a little love from the officials. Theyâ€™ve returned to their happy-whistle form of last year where Nick automatically gets calls against him just for being on the court. Nickâ€™s been frustrated as heâ€™s talking to refs much more this year than last. He causes fouls for sure, but some of the ticky tack calls he gets against him donâ€™t seem to be going against other players of lesser defensive ability. Itâ€™s strange.
If we can slow down Ricky Davis and Ray has a nice game, it should go well for the Sonics, but it sure would be nice to have more confidence, as a fan, when playing sub .500 teams that we can beat them. Unfortunately, weâ€™re one of those bad teams too.