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Daily Roundup Apr 19 06

Holy crap, the season's over.

Nick Collison shows the Kings the power of stubble, but the Sonics still fell to one tough basketball team last night.

“It just felt like we (were) going through the motions,” Rashard Lewis said. “Maybe (the playoffs) had a lot to do with it, but that is no excuse, this is what we come out here to do.”

John McGrath chips in with his take on this season. Clever but little of interest.

If you need a reason to watch tonight's season finale vs. the Denver Nuggets -- Ray Allen only needs six more threes to tie the all-time record for most 3s in a season, formerly held by 3-D himself, Dennis Scott.

Percy Allen's Part 4 of a 5-part journalistic concerto celebrating all things 2005-06 Sonics.

"It's hard not to think about the shouldas, wouldas and couldas," forward Damien Wilkins said. "From what we did last year, if we had made those deals early, there's no telling where we'd be."

With Watson and Wilcox in the lineup, the Sonics are 13-8. That .615 win percentage projects to a 50-32 record over 82 games.

"We're good enough to be a playoff team with those two, no doubt about it in my mind," coach Bob Hill said. "We're a different team with them. We're fast. We run and get out on the break. ... The entire climate has changed."

I recommend checking out Art Thiel's column about Bob Hill today. Good stuff as usual from Art.

In arena news, the Sonics offer to pay $18 mil towards the cost of a new building plus any cost overruns. It is a fair first offer. The ball, so to speak, is firmly in the court of the Seattle City Council. Let's hope for a speedy resolution.

Lastly, thanks to all of you for your continued patronage of and the Daily Roundup. It's been a lot of fun doing these roundups this season even though the team news wasn't always positive. Obviously there'll be a little less Sonics news in the offseason but we'll still be here and we hope you'll be here too. In some ways there's actually more to talk about between April and November ... let's just hope it's not all arena stuff.

So join me for a shout out at tonight's matchup: