While America watches the Zombie Sonics in the Finals, I'm following the Sonics of 1979. Follow my "live-tweets" of every game--roughly simultaneous with the "real" game--on @SethKolloen.
Even though they lead this NBA Finals 2-1, at least one Sonic thinks Game 4 at Seattle Center Coliseum is do or die.
"This is a must-win game for us, or the series turns around," says veteran forward Paul Silas. "We can not afford to let them win this one."
For the Bullets to win, they must get better production out of their guards, who were outscored 64-19 by the Sonics in Game 3.
"That comes from us not forcing the game to them," says Bullets guard Larry Wright. "We walked the ball up the court and telegraphed every pass we threw."
Bullets coach Motta launched a tirade at his team during a closed practice on Monday. "A pro team ought to be able to shoot better than we're shooting," Motta told reporters. "I can't explain it. We're searching, I'll admit that."
For the Sonics, the recipe is more of the same--which could mean something different. In their Game 2 win, the Sonics pressed and trapped frequently. In Game 3, they hardly did at all. "You don't want to do the same thing all the time," says Lenny Wilkens. "We'll use the trap again when we're ready for it."
Game 4 is in the Coliseum because the Mariners have the Kingdome booked for a baseball game. Some Sonics prefer the smaller, louder Coliseum to the cavernous Dome. Of course, the Bullets won Game 7 in the Coliseum last year.
"Tonight's" game begins at 6pm with coverage on Twitter, @SethKolloen.