Mouhamed Sene, a second-year Sonics center, was concerned about being sent to Idaho for another stint in the NBA Developmental League. Nothing against the Stampede...
Mouhamed Sene, a second-year Sonics center, was concerned about being sent to Idaho for another stint in the NBA Developmental League. Nothing against the Stampede, it’s just that Sene’s dream is playing in the big leagues.
Well, until injuries clear up, Sene is going to see more minutes for the Sonics. He’s averaging just 4.3 minutes in six games, but Kurt Thomas (right hamstring), Robert Swift (right knee/left foot) and Johan Petro (back strain) are all dealing with injuries that push Sene up in the interior rotation. Petro’s return is uncertain while Swift is day-to-day.
And although Sene, a native of Senegal who started playing at the age of 16, can still be outmatched offensively, he does show glimpses of improvement.
“We only have 11 guys to begin with and Mo has been aggressive and playing well,” Sonics coach P.J. Carlesimo said. “He needs playing time. This isn’t the playing time I envisioned for him, but if we’ve got to go big — especially if there’s any type of foul trouble — yeah, Mo will be seeing some more minutes.”
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Thomas returned after missing the past three games with an aggravated strained right hamstring. He gives the Sonics a different style of defender while Sene can sometimes be the imposing shot-blocker the Sonics need.
“Kurt doesn’t have the length or maybe the natural shot-blocking ability that Mo does, but Kurt is a defensive presence,” Carlesimo said. “He gets in people’s way by staying in front of people and he knows when to foul and how to foul. It’s a different dimension when he’s on the floor for us than what Mo brings.”
Sonics forward Chris Wilcox missed practice on Thursday due to spraining his left ankle. He tested the minor injury during warmups on Friday and opted to remain in the starting lineup.
“I’ll be all right,” he said. “I can’t complain. I worked out on it and it felt good.”
Percentages: FG .494, FT .682. Three-point goals: 5-13, .385 (Nachbar 2-5, Kidd 1-1, Carter 1-3, Jefferson 1-3, Gill 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Team turnovers: 14 (15 PTS). Blocked shots: 1 (S.Williams). Turnovers: 13 (Carter 3, Kidd 3, Boone 2, Nachbar 2, Collins, Jefferson, Wright). Steals: 10 (Kidd 4, Gill 2, Nachbar 2, Jefferson, Wright).
Percentages: FG .479, FT .667. Three-point goals: 5-12, .417 (West 2-3, Green 1-1, Wilkins 1-2, Durant 1-4, Szczerbiak 0-2). Team rebounds: 15. Team turnovers: 21 (20 PTS). Blocked shots: 3 (Durant, Watson, West). Turnovers: 21 (Green 4, Watson 4, West 4, Wilcox 3, Collison 2, Szczerbiak 2, Durant, Wilkins). Steals: 4 (Wilcox 3, West).
|New Jersey||28||24||24||22 — 98|
|Seattle||22||20||26||25 — 93|
Attendance: 14,424 (17,072). Time: 2:31. Officials: Jack Nies, Bennie Adams, Matt Boland.