|2005||Training Camp||37-45||29||Only two teams in the West have no shot at the playoffs, and this
is No. 1 on that list. The return of Nick Collison will help, but it
was another way-too-quiet summer in Seattle.
|2005||Preseason||37-45||28||Brent Barry makes a Week 1 return Sunday to Key Arena, but here's
guessing the reunion does more to kickstart Barry's three ball than it
does for Sonics.
|2005||Week 1||2-1||19||Looks like that 30-point loss to Clips on Opening Night -- which
quickly sparked whispers about Coach McMillan's immediate future -- was
a really loud wake-up call.
|2005||Week 2||6-1||10||Remember last November, when Flip Murray was deified? Danny Fortson
is this season's Flip, because some Sonics fans are apparently calling
Fortson the next Lonnie Shelton.
|2005||Week 3||9-2||7||Sayeth Ray: 'I'm not playing like this because it's the last year
of my contract.' Sayeth us: The contract issue can't hurt and should
help Allen keep this up, even if other Sonics can't.
|2005||Week 4||13-2||3||Don't be smug, Seattle. Surely you didn't expect your Supes to be
the first team to reach 10 wins -- or to rank third in the NBA in
rebounding differential after a month.
|2005||Week 5||15-3||4||It's only a bad rumor. Sonics didn't really petition the league to
play all 82 games this November. They're even off to an encouraging 2-0
start in December.
|2005||Week 6||17-4||1||Here's another way to break it down: Sonics are indeed 0-2 against
Boston ... but also 2-0 against San Antonio. You can guess which
resonates most with the committee.
|2005||Week 7||18-5||3||It's an Adam Sandler line we can't hear enough, and we're a little
late with it as it is, but here goes: Happy Hanukkah to the owner of
Seattle SuperSonic-ahs ... past and present.
|2005||Week 8||19-5||2||It's not as good as Sandler and his SuperSonic-ahs, but it's my
second-favorite Seattle line: Ray Ray calling the offense 'organized
confusion.' One of the lines of the season so far.
|2005||Week 9||22-6||4||The other leading surprise package, along with Phoenix, just
completed a restful stretch of one game game in nine days between Dec.
18-26. January will be a lot busier (and tougher).
|2005||Week 10||24-8||3||More credit where it's overdue: Seattle is now 2-0 against Miami and San Antonio. Makes it easy for Supes to get over that first (two-game) losing streak of the season.|
|2005||Week 11||27-9||2||The good news: Sonics have six victories since Dec. 1 in which
they've trailed in the fourth quarter. The bad news: Seattle still
can't figure out how to beat Clips in L.A.
|2005||Week 12||28-11||3||Sources say Sonics are petitioning the league for more Sunday home
games, because they haven't lost one yet (6-0). On the flip side,
Seattle is just 11-8 since that 17-3 start.
|2005||Week 13||30-12||3||The good news: Karl's arrival in Denver means the list of teams
that can woo Ray away just got one shorter. The bad news: Ray says his
uncertain future is starting to be a distraction.
|2005||Week 14||32-13||3||Sonics have to hold firm up here, with a fat division lead and a 7-2 record vs. Spurs, Suns, Kings, Mavs and Heat.|
|2005||Week 15||35-14||2||January (8-7) wasn't super, but Supes are a sparkling 5-1 in
February and 9-3 overall against .640-or-better teams, even after
losing at home Sunday to Dallas.
|2005||Week 16||35-15||5||So how soon do Supes clinch the division? Can they actually clinch before April? Not impossible, if our math is right.|
|2005||Week 17||38-16||5||As poorly as they played in Milwaukee, Sonics enjoyed a fine February. They went 8-3, after an 8-7 mark in January.|
|2005||Week 18||41-17||3||Can't beat Phoenix on their home floor, but you can forgive Sonics
for that. They're still a tidy 7-4 vs. the rest of the top six.
|2005||Week 19||42-19||4||Winning at MSG salvaged something from what had to be Sonics' worst
week of the season. Holding a 10 1/2-game division lead over Denver
doesn't hurt, either.
|2005||Week 20||45-20||5||Trust us: Coach McMillan is far more concerned about the injury
loss of Radmanovic than reports of the season's first locker-room
grumbling about minutes, roles, shots, etc.
|2005||Week 21||48-21||4||As hot as Nuggets are, look at Sonics' division lead. It's still nearly 10 games, in spite of stubborn Seattle's recent turmoil.|
|2005||Week 22||50-23||6||Wondering what keeps Sonics up here? Slump or not, injuries or not,
Sonics are still 23-14 against .500-plus teams, second only to San
Antonio's 26-14. Phoenix is third at 24-15.
|2005||Week 23||50-26||11||This is no joke. Sonics haven't won since April 1 and have nothing but injuries (Rashard, Radmanovic, Daniels, Fortson).|
|2005||Week 24||52-28||8||It wasn't the smoothest divisional clinch, but c'mon. Fifty-two
wins! Nate must have done some coaching to coax 52 wins out of a
smallish squad universally picked to be a doormat.