the Sonics fall in the NBA western conference semifinals

...in game 6 to the Spurs. it went all the way to the wire. with seconds remaining, Tim Duncan slipped behind Vitaly Potapenko to receive yet another well placed, acrobatically delivered dish from Manu Ginobli, and he banked a 5 footer off the glass to give the Spurs a 2 point lead with only half a second remaining in regulation. following an immediate time out, Antonio Daniels inbounded to Ray Allen in the left corner. well defended by Duncan, Allen's turn-and-shoot 3-pointer went off the front of the rim. the faithful at Key Arena never lost hope; the decibel level was monumental throughout the contest. if Allen's shot had gone in the whole building might have spontaneously exploded. following the miss, the hometown crowd gave their Sonics a standing ovation for an outstanding season. there are 7 free agent players on the Sonics roster, and Coach Nate McMillan's contract is up too; it'll be interesting to see who returns.

Seattle shot slightly better from both the field and the stripe, won the battle of the boards, had more steals, more fast break points, and less turnovers, but San Antonio had more assists and blocked more shots. Duncan was completely denied scoring from the field for the first half and the majority of the third quarter. so many little things over the course of 48 minutes can make the difference in a 2 point game, but i'm left with the impression that the officiating robbed Damien Wilkins of a clean basket; he was called for fending off Manu Ginobli on a layup where he clearly didn't come close to touching him. c'est la NBA.

i suppose at this point i'm free to say, "Go Phoenix!"

Loren went to see Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith with his mom tonight; i hope he doesn't spoil it for me too much when he comes tomorrow. his mother and i are planning a joint birthday party for Loren and Phoenix on Memorial Day weekend, at a roller rink in Marysville. should be good times.

the weather's been schitzophrenic for days now. thundershowers one minute and blue sky the next. i gather we need the rain, my own personal impression from the fact that every time the sun comes out the ground gets completely dry before it dumps for 10 minutes again. it's been doing this for days, you'd think we'd have some standing water around by now. love looking out the bay doors at work when it's like this. ever notice that the weather gets really interesting when you're really bored? running the same program on the same machine for 8 hours makes one appreciate anything serving as a break in the monotony, let alone when one minute it's all sunny and the next the rain's coming in diagonally and bouncing off the ground. the temperature's been swinging up and down wildly over the course of the day. love seeing big black clouds against blue sky.

back to work tomorrow, then off to gather Loren. he'll be here Saturday, then Sunday i'll be putting in a little OT.


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