SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Seattle coach Nate McMillan thinks Rick Adelman should back off.

McMillan strongly disagrees with the Sacramento coach's contention that the SuperSonics are being too aggressive and pushing the limits of the rules during their first-round playoff series with the Kings.

"Playoff basketball you don't play in skirts," McMillan said Sunday before Game 4 at Arco Arena. "We're playing within the rules of the game. We're not doing anything we haven't done all season long."

On Saturday, Adelman complained through the media that Seattle's Danny Fortson and Jerome James were playing too rough and that he was annoyed by Reggie Evans' flopping. Adelman promised to take his frustration to the top by sending video clips of the offending plays to the NBA.

"I tell you, we've looked at all three games, and it's going to the league," Adelman said following Saturday's workout. "It's too consistent. They've allowed too much to happen. It's ridiculous what they're allowing to happen."

The officials called 37 fouls in the second half of Sacramento's 116-104 victory in Game 3 on Friday night, which cut Seattle's lead to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. The game was particularly physical by the standards of two high-scoring teams that often struggle on defense.

In past seasons, Adelman has e-mailed questionable plays to the league.

"We're calling — not e-mailing — the league, too," McMillan said. "I understand what Rick is doing. He's trying to allow his players to gain an advantage. ... The officials have to be professional enough to come out and call the game the way it's supposed to be called, and not have a target on Danny Fortson and Reggie Evans."

The 6-foot-8, 260-pound Fortson got tangled up with Sacramento's Corliss Williamson under the basket late in the third quarter of Game 3. Both players reacted to the collision, but only Fortson received a technical.

Sonics general manager Rick Sund said he has spoken frequently to Fortson this season about keeping his cool and playing hard without going overboard.

"In the playoffs, intensity gets up," Sund said, sitting courtside as his team warmed up. "They play physical, too. It's part of the playoffs. My only concern with Danny is to stay focused and play physically but within the rules, which is what has made him successful. He's played focused and had a really good year for us."

James, a journeyman center cut by Sacramento in 2000, has been the surprise of the series, averaging 19.3 points and 11 rebounds.

"He's definitely been the player we've counted on," guard Ray Allen said. "His confidence is pretty much at an all-time high."