Seattle interim coach Gordon Chiesa said about Dwyane Wade:
"We tried every possible defense ever invented by mankind as far as trying to slow him down and he still was sensational."
Wade was the difference in the second half, absolutely dominating the last 8 minutes of the game. It doesn't help that both Luke Ridnour and Earl Watson played sub-par overall games tonight. DWade is a tough assignment for anyone though.
It appears that Nick Collison's big night last night lit a fire under Chris Wilcox (at least for a day) and he responded with a great game going for 28 points and 13 rebounds, helping the Sonics win the battle of the boards.
Nick Collison again played well. If both he and Chris Wilcox can sustain even 70% of tonight's combined productivity that would be pretty good output from the PF position.
I was a bit disappointed to not see more of Mickael Gelabale tonight, especially with Damien Wilkins playing poorly. I would surmise it has to do with the extensive minutes Gelabale got last night.
|R. Hite||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|S. O'Neal||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|J. Posey||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|W. Simien||DNP - Salmonella Infectio|
|A. Walker||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|A. Brown||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|D. Fortson||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|R. Lewis||DNP - Strained Tendon She|
|R. Swift||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|M. Wilks||DNP - Coach's Decision|
Miami - G. Payton 1, Defensive Three
Mickael Gelabale again led the Sonics at +6. Ray Allen was the worst on the Sonics at -7.
Help Value (hv=Reb+Ast+Blk+Stl-TO)
Earl Watson led the Sonics at +16. He was joined in double digits by three other Sonics, Chris Wilcox and Ray Allen at +12 and Nick Collison at +10.