Sonics Weekly (Dec. 12) - glance at next four games
This Week’s Opponents
Milwaukee: The Sonics and Bucks split the two-game set last season, with each team winning on its home floor. That’s been a consistent trend in the all-time series, as the Sonics have won 16 of the last 18 meetings in Seattle, but their 17-41 road mark (.293) is among their lowest against any opponent. Seattle’s win over Milwaukee last season (114-105 on 3/22/06) was highlighted by Chris Wilcox’s career-high 30-point effort. The Bucks hold a narrow 59-57 edge all-time.
Chicago: Seattle swept Chicago last season, including a 101-97 victory at United Center that stretched the Sonics’ streak to eight consecutive road wins over the Bulls. Rashard Lewis averaged 24.0 ppg in the two meetings last year while no Chicago player averaged more than 16.0. The Sonics have won 10 of the last 12 meetings but trail 62-60 overall.
Cleveland: The Sonics have swept the Cavs in eight of the last 11 seasons (no matchups in 1998-99), going 18-4 over that span. One of those losses, however, came last season when the Cavs cruised to a 112-85 win in Cleveland on 11/9/05, setting a new mark for Cleveland’s largest margin of victory in the all-time series. LeBron James averaged 32.5 ppg in the two meetings, while Ray Allen shot a combined 10-for-18 (.556) from behind the arc against the Cavs last year. The Sonics lead 54-34 in the all-time series.
Detroit: The Pistons swept the two-game set last season, with both Sonics losses coming in heartbreaking fashion. In the first meeting, a 97-85 loss in Detroit on 1/6/06, the Sonics had rallied to within seven before a rare sideline interference call resulted in a three-point play for the Pistons and quelled the Sonics’ rally. In the 3/3/06 rematch, Richard Hamilton drained a baseline jumper with 0.2 seconds remaining to give the Pistons the 98-96 victory. Seattle trails 57-55 in the all-time series.