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Notes: No changes at power forward
Seattle Times staff reporter
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Relax, Vladimir Radmanovic; you've got nothing to worry about.
Coach Bob Hill dangled Radmanovic's starting power forward position in front of Nick Collison and Reggie Evans, but neither was particularly impressive in Monday's 119-106 loss to Charlotte.
Before the game, Hill hinted that he would make a change at the power forward position if Collison or Evans proved they deserved to play while Radmanovic sat out with a strained right quadriceps.
But Collison struggled with fouls. He had collected two midway through the first quarter and one each in the second and third periods, which explains why he played just 12 minutes, 24 seconds. He finished with eight points and three rebounds.
Evans was slightly better as a reserve. It had been more than two weeks since he had played extensively, but he managed to collect a team-high nine rebounds. He also had four points.
"It's stupid to make decisions after a game like that," Hill said. "You've got to sleep on it and get up in the morning. After you puke, you can start thinking about it. That's the first thing I'll do is puke."
Star of the game: Melvin Ely scored 21 of his career-high 23 points in the first half, helping Charlotte build a 67-54 halftime lead. He converted 11 of 16 shots and collected five rebounds. He also had three assists and blocked two shots, which offset his team-high-tying four turnovers.
Play of the game: Just before halftime, Luke Ridnour used some fancy dribbling to elude three Bobcats defenders, then delivered a no-look pass to Rashard Lewis, who finished the play with a dunk. The basket cut Seattle's deficit to 63-51.
Next: at Oklahoma City/New Orleans, 5 p.m. Wednesday, Ford Center.
On display inside Charlotte's new 19,026-seat arena is an impressive yet incomplete history of basketball in the Carolinas, profiling 49 players and coaches with ties to the basketball-rich area.
Of the four Sonics with Carolina roots, only Ray Allen, who played in high school in South Carolina, was mentioned in the exhibit.
Among the omissions was Damien Wilkins, a native of Washington, N.C., who needed 29 tickets for family and friends on Monday.
Mikki Moore, a native of Orangeburg, S.C., and Ronald Murray, who played at Shaw in North Carolina, rounded out the Sonics' Carolina contingent.
• Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff told the Charlotte Observer that he has talked to the Sonics about acquiring Evans, but said Seattle was asking for too much in exchange.
The Sonics need backcourt help and are believed to be interested in Kareem Rush, while Charlotte is in dire need of a power forward while Emeka Okafor, Gerald Wallace and Sean May battle injuries.
• The Sonics re-signed reserve G Mateen Cleaves to another 10-day contract. His previous 10-day deal was set to expire today.
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