score: Storm 57 Comets 63 (L) (8-3)
Watch | Choir from Utah that seemed to be
in a hurry to get out of Seattle
Psyche | We're going to be 12-2 after these
Highlight | Van Chancellor untucking his lavender
shirt and hitting a free throw during the pregame warmups
| Swoopes had a couple acting jobs that got
some phantom calls against Sheri
Keyword of the Game | Dammit!
Photos | Game
Photos (Scott Larson)
it be as simple as the Comets were more relaxed than the Storm,
or that the Comets had less pressure on them than the Storm?
During warm-ups, if I didn't know that the Storm were coming
home after one of their most successful road trips ever, I
would have sworn that the Comets were the ones on a roll and
the Storm the ones having problems.
Comets were loose, relaxed and joking around with the fans,
with each other and their coach. Swoopes and Coach Chancellor
even brought a little girl onto the court to shoot some free
throws. They were way too comfortable to be playing on the
Storm weren't loose or relaxed. They were all business —
which isn't necessarily a bad thing — but as the game
progressed their serious demeanor turned into frustration
and fatigue instead of the sharp execution that they have
shown in previous games.
a way, it looked like Houston used their loss against the
Storm as a scouting mission and figured out what they needed
to do to beat the Storm, or to at least keep the Storm from
playing their game.
played extremely aggressively, especially with LJ. They beat
her silly and while their posts racked up the fouls, LJ was
still getting pummeled and wasn't able to get into her usual
rhythm. Likewise, Kamila was getting knocked around and knocked
to the floor. One might argue that the Comets were overly
aggressive. Evidence? How about 3 players taken out of the
game? Tully, Betty and Kamila all had to come out at one point
or another due to the Comets' hard fouls. Tully didn't come
back. Betty did, but was out of sync. Kamila also came back,
but the damage to her hip/thigh left her without any lift
and she kept shooting everything short. And LJ had a big target
on her back. The Houston posts were all over her.
Houston guards were also having their way. Swoopes didn't
score another 30+ on Sheri, but she kept finding ways to get
to the basket especially during the last few minutes of the
game. She and Lambert were able to execute their offense regardless
of what the Storm threw at them. They were either able to
create their own shots or find open teammates under the basket.
the other side of things, the Storm's offensive sets took
longer to come together. The Houston defense was able to react
or anticipate quickly and stymie the called plays. The Storm
had good ball movement, but still put up some late shot clock
shots that were not what Coach Donovan was drawing up.
Storm were a step slower, a little less in sync and a little
more tired than the Comets and it was the difference in the
game. If you looked at the stats, the game was very even —
except for the shooting percentages, which points to how the
Comets won. The Comets were able to assert their style of
play and keep the Storm from reasserting theirs. Like I said,
it was as if they scouted us a little better than we scouted
little more about our walking wounded: Tully took a charge
and landed on her lower back/right hip and was out of the
game the rest of the way. It appeared to stiffen up on her
almost immediately and she spent the rest of the game on the
exercise bike, stretching, grimacing and trying to keep it
loose. Betty took a slap to the face when she went up against
3 Comets for a rebound and ended up with a bloody nose. She
also had to come out of the game and spent a lot of time on
the bench with tissue stuffed up her nostrils and an ice pack
under her eyes. Kamila took a hard fall on her left side (I
think) and had to check for road rash. In my opinion, she
lost a little mobility as a result when she came back into
the game. LJ was involved in a multi-body pile up going for
a loose ball in front of the Storm bench. She ended up on
the floor serving as the cushion for the Comets player who
landed on top of her. She didn't seem to be limping, but her
shins were coated with something that looked like bronzer
- I know it wasn't - but it looked like someone has slathered
her shins haphazardly with bronzer cream. Janell also spent
much of her time on the bench with a heating pad held to her
hip. The good news? I think Sue is still feeling okay...
other mostly good news? We're still in 1st place in the West
and in the WNBA. One loss does not a season break, but I was
hoping for that 12-2 record. I can settle for 11-3 instead.
And, we have several days before the next game — hopefully
enough time for some hips, shins, noses and other assorted
parts to heal up a bit.
of luminaries of varying degree in the stands tonight —-
Val Ackerman, Howard Schultz (yet again going ballistic over
the refs — don't get me started), Slick Watts and Rashard
I had hoped, we had a good crowd on hand for the game. I'm
hoping they were all here because of the team's success (or
to see local phenom Sheila Lambert) instead of the other more
sad note - Leighway's mom came to the game, but fell outside
the Key and had to be taken to the hospital to be checked
out. No news on her condition yet. We all need to send our
well wishes out tonight.
a lighter note, I was unfortunately reminded of a certain
pledge I made last season regarding the Storm making it to
the Finals. Upon being reminded and rechallenged with this
pledge, I made the only choice I could being the person of
integrity that I am and promised to stand by my earlier proclamation:
if the Storm make it to the Finals, I will come to the first
home game dressed as the Storm's Fairy Godmother, er, Godperson.
I am stating this here now in public to prove that I stand
by my word. You can start being afraid now.
has new shoes that have "Birdy" stitched under the
outside ankle. The soles are bright yellow with green insets.
I tried to get a couple pics knowing that a few of you have
an interest in the players' footwear. I will enable your odd
the game on the west side plaza outside the arena, there was
a group of kids performing a mini-variety show of sorts. The
good thing was that they were out there having fun. The bad
thing was that the amplification equipment was really good
and some of those notes weren't.
before the game, which had a US Post Office theme of sorts,
a new stamp was unveiled that commemorates the Athens Olympics.
All of the gathered Olympians - Van, Anne, LJ, Sue, and Sheryl
autographed the oversized stamp. Also, during the Storm player
intros, the Storm handed off the basketballs to adults who
I assumed were postal workers.
unveiled the new Stormfans.org
was a crap load of media on hand — I wonder why —
and most of the baseline under the basket in front of the
Storm was filled with photographers. I didn't see if the other
end was the same, but there were easily 8-10 photographers
working the game when there is usually 3 or 4.
refs, including Nipple Man, suck. And I have to say that all
of the new refs that have been added this year suck just as
much as the flotsam they replaced.
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