Ray Allen, Nick Collison and Mickael Gelabale all played well. But unfortunately it wasn't a game of 3 on 3 or we might have won tonight. 14th straight road loss - ties the longest loss streak in team history, 15th straight loss in Texas.
The Sonics were in this game until Ray missed a few shots and then there was a shot clock violation followed by a forced shot with 1 second left on the shot clock. From there the margin was too large to get back into the game. That was the point where not having Rashard Lewis was painfully apparent. You absolutely have to have a solid second player to put the pressure on the defense. Ray is playing out of his mind (averaging over 30 points per game for the month of January) and it still isn't enough.
The free throw disparity was again a game changer. There are times where you wonder if it is the refs, but most often (with this team) it is because the Sonics don't have that player that forces the other team to foul. Ray gets some, but not a ton because he is a jump shooter. Rashard in large part fits the same. None of our big men have an "unstoppable" move forcing the opponent to foul. We are missing that aggressive slashing player who takes it to the rack and forces contact. We took 13 more shots than Houston, making 6 more baskets. We took 24 fewer free throws.
We rebounded really well tonight, and Houston not having Yao was a real help in that category.
The Rockets had 6 players scoring in double digits, and Bonzi Wells missed it by one point. Nice balance by them, with players stepping up all game long to fill the scoring void.
|A. Brown||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|D. Fortson||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|R. Lewis||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|M. Sene||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|R. Swift||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|M. Wilks||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|J. Lucas||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|Y. Ming||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|S. Novak||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|S. Padgett||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|K. Snyder||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|V. Spanoulis||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|B. Sura||DNP - Coach's Decision|
Houston - B. Wells 1
Every Sonic player was in the minus, with the range -4 (Petro) to -9 (Wilcox). Shane Battier and Bonzi Wells were both +13.
Help Value (hv=Reb+Ast+Blk+Stl-TO)
Another big game by Nick Collison at +19. Earl Watson was +11, and Ray Allen was +9. Shane Battier led the Rockets at +14 and T-Mac was +13.