SEATTLE (Ticker) -- After a day to nurse their wounds, the
Seattle SuperSonics will try to beat the surging San Antonio
Spurs on Thursday in Game Three of the Western Conference
semifinals at KeyArena.
The Sonics averaged 111.5 points over the last four games of
their first-round series win over the Sacramento Kings, but have
averaged just 86 points in a pair of losses at San Antonio.
In a 108-91 loss in Game Two on Tuesday, Ray Allen showed no ill
effects from a sprained right ankle suffered in Game One,
scoring 25 points for Seattle. His effort was not nearly
enough, however, as San Antonio rolled to its sixth straight win
since opening the postseason with a loss.
The Spurs were led by Manu Ginobili, who scored 28 points on
9-of-11 shooting in 31 minutes off the bench. Ginobili is
averaging 21.7 points in the playoffs and has come off the bench
in each of San Antonio's six wins after starting in the club's
The Spurs have shot 52 percent and outscored Seattle, 63-38, in
the first quarter of the first two games.
During its six-game run, San Antonio has won by an average
margin of 16 points.
While Ginobili is doing his damage off the bench, Tim Duncan and
Tony Parker are sparking the starting five, combining for an
average of 49 points through the first two games of the series.
The Sonics, who won all three home games in their first round
win, were 1-1 vs. the Spurs at KeyArena this season.