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News » Seattle Supersonics Getting Inside 2008-03-11


Seattle Supersonics Getting Inside 2008-03-11


Seattle Supersonics Getting Inside 2008-03-11
Now 1-4 on a seven-game road trip with two games remaining, the Sonics are playing the same way they played when the lost a franchise-record 14 straight earlier this season.

Two things jump out when looking at the statistics over the past five games. During the team's trip, the Sonics are averaging 19.6 turnovers a game. Also during that stretch, Seattle is giving up an average of 12.6 offensive rebounds a contest.

"It's hard to pinpoint it," Seattle guard Earl Watson said about the turnovers. "You could say a change of chemistry. You could say just guys being careless and not focused. But either way we have to find a way to resolve it, and cut that back at least in half."

The result of the excessive turnovers and offensive rebounds has been an average of 10 more shots a game for Seattle's opponents over the last five games.

That trend held true against Toronto on Sunday, with Seattle turning the ball over 22 times, resulting in 30 points for the Raptors. The Sonics also gave up 11 offensive rebounds, allowing Toronto to take 18 more shots.

Seattle rookie Kevin Durant has been one of the team's main culprits on the turnovers. Even though he's taking much better shots, shooting 48.7 percent from the floor over the past five games, Durant is averaging 4.4 turnovers a contest during the same stretch.

Durant finished with 20 points, six rebounds and five turnovers against Toronto.

"I think we only have ourselves to blame for all of our turnovers," Durant said. "I threw the ball out of bounds. Bad passes. Charges. The shot clock running down. There's always stuff going on, and I think we can control that."

The disparity in total shots cancelled out the fact that Seattle shot 54.1 percent from the floor, including 64.7 percent in the first half against the Raptors.

RAPTORS 114, SONICS 106: Seattle led by as many as 12 points in the first half Sunday, but the Raptors worked the deficit down to 58-54 by halftime. And in the third quarter Toronto took control of the game, outscoring the Sonics 35-21 and taking an 89-79 lead.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: March 11, 2008

 

 
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