Notebook | Ray who? Green fails Sonics history exam
Jeff Green doesn't make his Sonics elders flinch often, but when he asked "Ray who? " to a reporter's question before the team's game against...
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Thursday's game at a glancePlayer of the game: Boston's Paul Pierce had just two field goals in the first half, but he warmed up in the second to score 26 of his game-high 37 points. His 13 in the fourth quarter helped the Celtics pull away. Pierce shot 5 of 7 from three-point range.
Turning point: There were three lead changes and one tie in the third quarter, then Boston got serious. The Celtics went on a 19-10 run to open the fourth quarter, going up 91-77 to take control.
Digits: Former Sonic Ray Allen was 4 for 13 from the field for 10 points. He also had three assists.
Spotlight: NBA legend George Gervin, Storm guard Sue Bird and some Seahawks players were in attendance.
Next: Against Minnesota, 7 p.m. Saturday, KeyArena.
Jeff Green doesn't make his Sonics elders flinch often, but when he asked "Ray who?" to a reporter's question before the team's game against Boston, Kurt Thomas and Chris Wilcox nearly jumped out of their chairs.
"Please don't tell him [Ray] that until after the game," Wilcox said.
"Ray who?" would be All-Star Ray Allen, the shooting guard to whom Green will forever be linked. Sonics general manager Sam Presti traded Allen to Boston for Green, the fifth overall pick, and Celtics veterans Wally Szczerbiak and Delonte West.
Thursday night's game was the first between the teams this season, each headed different directions.
While Allen and the Celtics helped produce the Sonics' second KeyArena sellout of the season, Allen is eying an NBA championship. The team that dispatched him is in the midst of rebuilding and possibly relocating.
"I was disappointed in the trade," said Allen, who played for the Sonics from February 2003 through last season. "I feel very much a part of this team because I know what the guys stand for, and they are very much like my little brothers. I stay in their ear as much as I can even when I'm not around them."
Green said he doesn't wonder what his rookie season would have been like in Boston. But he was excited about the game because of forward Kevin Garnett, after whom Green has tried to pattern his game.
Presti praised Green's ability to adapt to the professional game, particularly in playing both forward positions. Yet some wonder if Green, who's 6-foot-9, will ever become the elite player Allen is.
Green is averaging 8.6 points and 5.4 rebounds as a reserve.
Allen, an 11-year veteran, received two standing ovations from the KeyArena crowd -- one during player introductions and one to recognize his work in the Seattle community through his Ray of Hope Foundation.
"It's very overwhelming," Allen said. "I don't like people to make too much of a fuss over me at any time. I don't even like birthday parties."
Luke Ridnour's left quadriceps flared up while playing 17 minutes against Portland on Tuesday, and Sonics coach P.J. Carlesimo said he's going to keep the point guard out for possibly two games. Carlesimo said Ridnour could barely move, and the coach wants him to heal.
The Sonics had their second sellout of the season on Thursday -- an announced crowd of 17,072. The first sellout was the season opener in November against Phoenix. A team spokesman said the Sonics were expecting a sold-out crowd for the Portland matchup in February, but with top draft pick Greg Oden (knee) out for the season, it has been a tough sell.
The Sonics are trying to draw fans in a rebuilding season while ownership makes moves toward relocating the team to Oklahoma City.
Percentages: FG .395, FT .750. Three-point goals: 9-19, .474 (Pierce 5-7, R.Allen 2-4, Posey 2-5, House 0-3). Team rebounds: 10. Team turnovers: 5 (6 PTS). Blocked shots: 3 (Garnett 2, Perkins). Turnovers: 4 (Garnett, Perkins, Pierce, Pollard). Steals: 4 (Garnett 2, House, Pierce). Technical fouls: Defensive three second, 2:48 fourth.
|Boston||24||23||23||34 -- 104|
|Seattle||19||27||21||29 -- 96|
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