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Originally published March 15, 2008 at 12:00 AM | Page modified March 15, 2008 at 12:36 AM

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Notebook | Sene tapped from Idaho to boost ailing Sonics

The Sonics called up Mouhamed Sene from the Development League on Friday. After the team's seven-game road trip, during which the Sonics...

Seattle Times staff reporter

Player of the game: Ryan Gomes scored a team-high 23 points and added 15 rebounds in Minnesota's third consecutive road win.

Reserve of the game: Guard Rashad McCants scored 11 of his 13 points in the third quarter.

Key statistic: Minnesota scored 40 points in the third quarter.

Next: At Denver, 6 p.m. Sunday, Pepsi Center, FSN.

Jayda Evans

The Sonics called up Mouhamed Sene from the Development League on Friday.

After the team's seven-game road trip, during which the Sonics suffered numerous injuries, coach P.J. Carlesimo said he was uncertain how many posts he'd have available. He made the decision to bring Sene back on Thursday, but he will most likely send the second-year center back to Idaho within two weeks so that Sene remains eligible to participate in the Development League postseason.

The 7-foot Sene is averaging 12.4 points and 9.0 rebounds in 27 games with the league-leading Stampede (29-10). He started the past four.

"Our intent was to bring him back at some period to get a look at him a little bit," Carlesimo said of Sene, who last played for the Sonics on Dec. 15. "But we definitely wanted him back [in Idaho] for the playoffs."

Sene began learning the game at age 16 and was vastly underdeveloped when drafted 10th overall in the 2006 draft. He averaged 1.9 points in 28 games for the Sonics last season; he started the season opener.

The native of Senegal also faced a language and cultural barrier. But Sene, 21, said he's enjoying Boise and is excited about his first playoff experience.

"Last year I didn't know anything down there," he said. "This season, I know everything. I know the city. I'm having fun, playing a lot, so it's really different."

Injury update

Francisco Elson, who has a strained right knee, missed Friday's game and will also sit out Sunday when the Sonics visit Denver. The results of his MRI didn't show any structural damage, but Carlesimo said the forward/center is in pain.

Jeff Green (bruised left shoulder) and Nick Collison (lower back, bruised right knee and elbow) played despite nagging injuries. Collison wore a protective sleeve over his elbow. Green's MRI came back negative.

The road again

The Sonics just returned from a 12-day trip, bringing home a six-game losing streak. And the team departs today for a game in Denver.

"When we get back on Sunday, then we'll really be home," Carlesimo said.

NOTE

• Sonics swingman Adrian Griffin, whose family lives in Chicago, is out indefinitely because of a personal matter. There is no timetable for his return.

Jayda Evans: 206-464-2067 or jevans@seattletimes.com

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