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Friday, October 27, 2006 - Page updated at 10:11 AM

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Swift may miss season opener

Seattle Times staff reporter

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SPOKANE — Though the Sonics didn't learn the severity of Robert Swift's right knee sprain before Thursday's exhibition, there is great concern that the third-year center won't be available for Wednesday's regular-season opener.

"We may need to bring somebody in," guard Ray Allen said. "I really don't know, but from what I saw it doesn't look good. In any case, he won't be the same, not like he was, and that's too bad."

Swift suffered the injury in the opening minutes of the first quarter of Wednesday game against Sacramento. After the game, he walked with the aid of crutches and said he didn't feel any pain. He did, however, describe his knee as "feeling a little loose."

Without Swift, rookie Mouhamed Sene started in Thursday's 111-107 overtime victory over Golden State in front of 4,860 at the Spokane Arena.

"As much as I'd like preseason to be over with, I wish we had three more games because it's unfortunate that Mouhamed is going to have to play a lot more now," Allen said. "And we're going to have to get comfortable with him like we were with Swift."

Sene isn't expected to start the opener against Portland and will likely be a backup to second-year veteran Johan Petro, who has been widely inconsistent in the preseason.

Petro finished with 16 points on 8-for-15 shooting Thursday, and seven Sonics scored in double figures, led by Nick Collison's 19. Luke Ridnour had 12 assists and 11 points, while Damien Wilkins had 18 points and Rashard Lewis chipped in 15.

Earl Watson (fractured tooth), Danny Fortson (left knee sprain), Kareem Rush (groin strain) and Swift remained in Seattle. Golden State, which had seven players on the injured list, was led by Ike Diogu's 25 points.

Notes

• With five days remaining before the Oct. 31 deadline, the Sonics and Ridnour have exchanged contract proposals. But they aren't close to agreeing on an extension. If the two sides fail to reach a deal, then he becomes a restricted free agent in the offseason.

• The Sonics waived second-round pick Denham Brown and free agent Milt Palacio, bringing the roster to 15. Teams must submit their final rosters to the NBA on Monday.

Thursday's game

GOLDEN STATE (107)

Diogu 6-7 13-17 25, Wagner 6-14 5-7 18, O'Bryant 3-11 0-0 6, McLeod 3-8 0-0 6, Roberson 5-8 0-0 10, Ellis 9-17 1-2 20, Barnes 6-8 2-2 14, Biedrins 3-4 0-1 6, Foyle 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 42-79 21-29 107.

SEATTLE (111)

Ras.Lewis 7-15 0-0 15, Wilcox 3-7 5-5 11, Sene 3-7 0-0 6, Allen 4-11 1-1 10, Ridnour 4-6 3-3 11, Petro 8-15 0-0 16, Wilkins 6-16 6-7 18, Gelabale 1-4 0-0 2, Collison 7-17 5-6 19, Wilks 0-1 1-4 1, Farmer 1-6 0-0 2. Totals 44-105 21-26 111.

Golden State 35 25 26 12 9 — 107

Seattle 39 24 23 12 13 — 111

3-Point Goals — Golden State 2-11 (Wagner 1-3, Ellis 1-4, McLeod 0-1, Roberson 0-1, O'Bryant 0-2), Seattle 2-16 (Allen 1-3, Ras.Lewis 1-6, Wilkins 0-3, Farmer 0-4). Fouled Out — Ellis. Rebounds — Golden State 54 (O'Bryant 11), Seattle 57 (Collison 12). Assists — Golden State 20 (Ellis 5), Seattle 32 (Ridnour 12). Total Fouls — Golden State 24, Seattle 24. Technicals — Golden State Defensive Three Second, Sene. A — 4,860.

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