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Ridnour Out Against Detroit / 루크 리드나워 피스톤즈 전 결장.

루크 리드나워의 목 부상이 심각한가? 첫 부상을 당했을 때는 좌우로 목이 안돌아갔다고 한다. 시선을 돌리려면 몸전체를 움직여야할 정도라고. 포인트 가드가 목이 안돌아가면 코트 비전은 ??? 

암튼 디트로이트 경기는 결장이고 이번 주말에는 나온다고 하는데. 그냥 레이 앨런이랑 나란히 손 잡고 입원하는 것이 어떨까? 이참에 몸 풀고. 다음 시즌에 만나요~~~-_-;;

밥 힐 감독이 다시 젤라발을 로테이션에 집어넣는다고 한다. 뼈조각 돌아다니는 발목으로 매경기 43분씩 뛰는 레이 앨런과  손부상에서 복귀한 날 40분 이상의 출전시간을 비롯하여 최근 5경기에서 평균 43분씩 뛰고 있는 라샤드 루이스가 피똥 싸는 모습을 드디어 본 것일까?

Kevin Pelton, SUPERSONICS.COM | March 12, 2007
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 Luke Ridnour will not play for the Seattle SuperSonics tomorrow night when they host the Detroit Pistons (7:00 p.m., , FSN, KTTH 770 AM). The Sonics had hoped that Ridnour, who missed all four games of their recent East Coast road trip with a herniated cervical disc in his back/neck, would be able to return for that game, but he is not quite ready.

"He's better," said Sonics Coach Bob Hill after practice. "He's two degrees [of movement] from trying to play - he's got to be able to turn his head completely. He's close. I think we'll have him practice Thursday and Friday before we play Saturday and Sunday."

When he was first forced out of the lineup a little more than a week ago, Ridnour could barely move his head from side to side at all. He had to turn his entire body to change his focus. That's improved now, but not quite to where it needs to be - particularly for a point guard, who has to have complete court vision and is going to take contact.

"As a point guard, he's going to be hit there the first game he plays," said Hill. "It's going to happen. The first time they run a middle pick-and-roll, he's going to get hit, so there's no sense trying to bring him back before that disc's back in there."

Ridnour was unavailable for comment after practice because he was undergoing treatment on his neck.

Without Ridnour available, point guard was a problem for the Sonics at times during their 1-3 road trip. In Boston, Ridnour replacement Earl Watson picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter and was replaced by Mike Wilks. The Celtics followed with a 15-5 run to cut the Sonics lead to one and never looked back. Wilks missed all five of his shots in that game, but bounced back Sunday to make all three of his shot attempts. He had six points and two assists without a turnover in 11 minutes.

"I thought Mike Wilks played really well yesterday, gave us good minutes yesterday," said Hill. "Earl's playing a lot of minutes. He didn't shoot it well yesterday but I thought he played hard and his defense is always at least adequate. Hopefully a day off today - basically - will get his legs back. That's all we can do."

Hill hinted that another player could potentially see some spot minutes at the point because of the matchup with physical 6-3 Detroit point guard Chauncey Billups.

"One thing against Detroit, though, which we did up there in a pinch," said Hill, "I can play Damien (Wilkins) at one against Chauncey because of his size. I did that up there for a couple of possessions - went offense and defense with him and helped stay in the game. They'll start posting Chauncey [against Watson and Wilks]."


Danny Fortson, who was sent home midway through the trip after being suspended by the Sonics for two games for conduct detrimental to the team, practiced Monday.
"Danny's been reinstated to the team," Hill said. "Danny and I have a very good relationship. There was no verbal warfare. He was reinstated, I chatted with him before practice and he's fine."

Before his suspension and missing the team's first game of the trip at New York because he did not attend shootaround, Fortson had been close to returning to action. He last played on Jan. 5. Hill noted that the Pistons are a bad matchup for Fortson because their primary post players, Rasheed Wallace and Chris Webber, like to play on the perimeter.


Rookie Mickaël Gelabale returned to the Sonics rotation Sunday, playing seven minutes behind Ray Allen at shooting guard. Hill wants to keep using Gelabale in that role on a regular basis.
"I'm going to try to keep getting him minutes," Hill explained. "Ray and Rashard (Lewis) need a blow once in a while. If the game is such, like yesterday it was - it wasn't a problem, so I put him in there."

As the Sonics went through an abbreviated walk-through of Detroit's top three plays at the end of practice, Gelabale played the role of Pistons All-Star Richard Hamilton - a comparison that has been made before, if only because both players have lean, lanky frames. Hill joked that if he really wanted Gelabale to impersonate Hamilton, he'd have to have the rookie don a protective facemask like Hamilton has made famous.