Notebook | Point guard Eddie Gill picked to fill out lineup
The Sonics considered John Lucas, Randy Livingston and former Washington Husky Will Conroy before signing point guard Eddie Gill to a 10-day...
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Turning point: The Sonics held Portland to just 13.6 percent shooting (3 for 22) in the third quarter to erase a six-point deficit and take a 71-63 lead.
Play of the game: With about three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Martell Webster eluded Kevin Durant with a spin move and drove to the basket for a layup before Nick Collison rejected his shot at the rim to preserve a 92-79 Sonics lead.
Up next: Washington, 7 p.m. Wednesday at KeyArena, FSN.
The Sonics considered John Lucas, Randy Livingston and former Washington Husky Will Conroy before signing point guard Eddie Gill to a 10-day contract on Monday.
"I've always liked him," coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "I thought he was a tough, competitive player."
The team also considered re-signing guard Mike Wilks but would have had to keep him for the remainder of the season and needed the flexibility to bring in players on short-term contracts because of a rash of injuries.
Earl Watson (right calf contusion) and Chris Wilcox (dislocated right pinkie) missed Monday's game against Portland. Wilcox visited a hand specialist on Monday and is expected to see another physician before returning to the court. He's doubtful for Wednesday's game against Charlotte.
Gill made his Sonics debut in the second quarter and was scoreless, with one assist and one turnover, in 4 ½ minutes.
The 6-foot guard appeared in 13 games with New Jersey this season and made a start for the Nets. He averaged 18.8 points, 8.4 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 2.2 steals in 32 games with the Colorado 14ers of the NBA's Development League.
"Obviously I'm just going to try to learn things on the fly and just play hard," said Gill, who played with the Sonics summer league team last year.
• C Francisco Elson (right knee sprain) returned after missing two games.
• G/F Mickael Gelabale visited a specialist on Monday to determine when he'll undergo surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
• The Sonics & Storm Foundation will give $10,000 in scholarships to four college-bound seniors at Rainier Beach High school today. Several players, including Kevin Durant and Jeff Green, will attend lunch with students.
|Portland||25||28||10||21 — 84|
|Seattle||21||28||22||26 — 97|
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UPDATE - 9:40 PM
Portland stops Orlando, which plays without suspended Dwight Howard