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News » Seattle Supersonics Getting Inside 2008-04-11

Seattle Supersonics Getting Inside 2008-04-11

Seattle Supersonics Getting Inside 2008-04-11
Center Johan Petro was replaced by Francisco Elson against the Rockets Wednesday night after starting 26 games for the Sonics since the All-Star break.

Seattle coach P.J. Carlesimo said he wanted to take some pressure off of Petro, who had struggled at times playing against other team's front-line players.

Petro had averaged 5.9 points and 5.1 rebounds in 17.7 minutes a contest as a starter. Carlesimo put Petro in the starting lineup after veteran big man Kurt Thomas was traded to San Antonio in February.

Petro said he was disappointed with heading back to the bench and considered the move a demotion.

"Everything that happens to me I take personally," Petro said. "That's who I am. Even if he's (Carlesimo) trying to help me or something like that, I still take it personal."

In his first start for Seattle, Elson finished 1-of-6 from the floor with two points and four rebounds in 20 minutes. Elson also earned a technical foul with 9:44 in the third quarter for knocking the ball out of Houston center Dikembe Mutombo's hand during a stoppage in play.

ROCKETS 103, SONICS 80: Even with the Rockets playing without Tracy McGrady, the Sonics couldn't stop Houston defensively, losing for the fourth time this season to the Rockets Wednesday. The Sonics allowed Houston to shoot 12-of-27 from beyond the arc, and only shot 37 percent from the floor.

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