score: Storm 66 Monarchs 54 (W) (1-1)
Watch | Very good and he was only 13.
Psyche | This is feeling a little familiar
— and where did the WNBA find those 3 numbskull refs,
behind a 7-11 or something?
Highlight | The win is highlight enough.
| 2 guys who put on a show of amazing strength
and balance. All I can say is, "Ow Ow Ow Ow," (for
the beyond horizontal the wrong way splits).
| Oh my stars and garters, The Flounder's
butt was on the floor more often than a baby trying to take
its first steps.
Keyword of the Game | New Refs!
Photos | Game Photos (Scott
feel like I can cut and past my Gameday from Friday's game
— it would save some time.
Storm jumped out to a lead, the Monarchs crept closer to end
the half, the Storm kept the lead at around 10-12 for most
of the second half, the refs started calling some incredibly
awful calls, and the Monarchs clawed their way back into the
game while the Storm stalled on offense.
familiar? The difference was that the Storm held the double
digit lead longer tonight and the Monarchs ran out of time
to cover those last few points. The Monarchs had to resort
to fouling and the Storm were mostly able to hit the free
throws (Sue!?!?) to widen the lead just enough in the last
minute to put the game away.
the trend continues, game 3 should be all Storm since they
will keep the 12+ lead throughout the whole game — game
1 they had it until about 10 minutes left, game 2 until about
4 minutes left, game 3 all the way. And no, I'm not guaranteeing
anything so lay off the emails. Man some of you Sac fans are
not going to rant about the refs, except to say that is incredible
a group of refs this bad would be allowed to work a conference
finals game. It was simply unbelievable, and I'm not just
talking about the calls that went against the Storm. I think
the Monarchs fans out there would agree that the insane calls
were going both ways. Normally, they balance out, but this
was so over the top bad that even if they did balance out
I don't care. Something has to be done at the league level.
was spectacular again, but she was hampered late in the game
with foul trouble. When she was out, the Monarchs took advantage
and the Storm didn't seem to have an answer on the offensive
end. No other Storm player scored in double figures except
Sue and she did it at the end of the game by shooting free
throws as the Monarchs fouled her to stop the clock. The Monarchs
were similarly cold with only Yo and Flounder hitting double
— because it certainly didn't seem that way watching
the game — the Storm outrebounded the Monarchs. It seemed
that the Monarchs were in complete control of the boards —
their box out techniques are killer. It would be interesting
to see a break down of where the rebounds for the Storm came
from, because it seemed like the key ones went to the purple
thing the Storm also led the Monarchs in were turnovers. Sheri
had 7 on her own. Much of that was due to the Monarchs slap
happy style of defense. During one timeout mid second half,
Coach Donovan pointed out that the Monarchs were jumping the
passing lanes more and more and urged the team to make better
decisions with their passes. Luckily for the Storm, the Monarchs
got turnover happy themselves late in the second half and
shot themselves in the foot more than once as the score got
down to 6 or 4.
of timeout huddles, Coach Donovan was as calm and down to
business as I think I've ever seen her in such a tight game.
I don't recall seeing her get into any of the players' faces
like she has in the past. There was one timeout in which she
laid out what she wanted and then had Sue and LJ give their
takes on what the Monarchs were doing on defense. It was certainly
a moment when the coach let the team leaders take the reins
a bit. It's all about building the players' confidence since
by this time they should know what they are doing wrong or
doing right. It seemed that Coach Donovan did a little less
do-what-I-tell-you coaching and more you-know-you-can-do-this
coaching. Sometimes sitting behind the bench is beyond cool.
Okay, it's beyond cool all the time.
of the other memorable moments — Tully getting control
of a loose ball and calling a timeout before the Monarchs
could tie up the ball and force a jump, and then the whole
arena chanting, "Tully, Tully, Tully." Coach Donovan
following one of the refs around the floor yelling at him
after a particularly bad call, and not getting a T for it.
Howard Schultz motioning from across the floor for the two
Sonics players to stand up at the beginning of the second
half. Kamila getting her head knocked back by a Yo elbow like
she was a Rock-em Sock-em robot only to then have a foul called
on her. LJ spinning away from a foul called on her looking
like she was going to go Mt. St. Helens on the ref, but holding
it in since it wouldn't have done any good. Threes from Sue,
Betty, LJ and Chelle that you knew were going in the instant
the ball left their hands (including the last second one Chelle
took on a whim). Watching Adia's mom go nuts even though Adia
didn't get any playing time. Seeing the Monarchs let it go
as the clock wound down.
definitely felt good, no matter how nerve wracking it got
at the end.
think the key to the game was that the Storm was able to keep
the Monarchs at bay longer than in game 1 and were able to
withstand the Monarchs run once it materialized. The key for
game 3 is going to be to put the Monarchs on their heels early
and often, and then keep them there.
of basketball folks in the stands - Bill Russell (if you don't
know who he is, you need to), Phoenix coach Carrie Graf, Kristen
Veal, Sonics Rashard Lewis and Reggie Evans.
Lo made it back, thank God, and might be back for game 3.
He was the anchor for the crowd over the last few seasons
and it is only right that he be here now.
gave the Foam Finger on the Head Guy one of our Go Storm shirts
since he is the absolute best fan in the building and he got
some prime Arenavision time in the second half after he put
it on. It looked good on you buddy.
is now a minor celeb apparently. She got a few seconds of
screen time on Friday night's Oxygen broadcast of game 1 and
she had all sorts of people coming up to say, "I saw
you on TV!" It's going straight to her head. I expect
Diva behavior any time.
were again signs a plenty which is always great. I'm going
to pull out all the stops and do a little mass production
tomorrow and Tuesday and try to make at least 100 signs to
pass around for people to use. I've also got a couple ideas
for 2 signs in particular that can only come out once the
end of the game is in sight. I won't say anything so as not
to jinx it, but you'll like them if I get to show them.
were a few Sac fans in attendance, and despite the venom being
spewed my way for having the horrible manners of actually
trying to disrupt the other team's free throws on their own
court, the Sac fans tried to return the favor by whistling
right as the free throw attempt went up. Not too effective.
some reason, it seemed really hot in the arena tonight. Maybe
it was just our nerves, but several people commented on it
being very warm.
little buddy Jack got the silly string birthday treatment
from Doppler. Jack had some great reactions as he saw himself
on the big screen and then when he gave Doppler a big hug.
Jack is one smart little Storm fan — he knows all the
players' names, what they are good at, what some of their
stats are and he's only 7 or 8. He is the future of the WNBA
fan base. Happy Birthday Jack.
sound levels achieved by the crowd were incredible. I would
love to see the arena install a decibel meter — a real
one, because we would have been pegging it tonight. A well
placed source told me recently that the league almost fined
the Storm because the arena was so loud during game 2 of the
first round against the Lynx. The Storm pointed out that it
wasn't the arena sound system that was making the noise —
it was the fans. When we are too loud for the league's standards,
we're damn loud. That's Bringing It my friends.
are Fairy Godmother minus one, and counting.