score: Storm 81 Lynx 86 OT (L) (6-3)
Watch | A fellow season ticket holder. I'll
give her a pass on the extra notes.
Psyche | Disbelief.
Highlight | LJ with a monster block on Ohlde,
Izzy lighting it up big time.
| Cheer squads.
Keyword of the Game | New Refs!
one sucked on many levels.
off, just to get it out of the way, the refs were horrible
tonight. This was by far the worst officiated game we've seen
this season. Unfortunately, I'm sure we'll be able to say
that again and again and again - especially if Tweedledidiot
Bonita Spence and Tweedleduma** Tony Dawkins ever get the
nerve to reappear at KeyArena. Tony needs to go back to AAU
or whatever bush league they found him. Bonita "Oops
I missed it again" Spence should just quit. Leave the
blew a call late in the second half that gave the ball to
the Lynx who scored a 3 point shot to take the lead and to
kill the Storm's momentum. LJ and 2 Lynx players were going
for a rebound under the Storm's basket and the ball went through
LJ's hands and down a Lynx player's chest, arm and then off
her thigh... and Bonehead called it off of LJ. Half the arena
was instantly up and screaming because we all clearly saw
it go off the Lynx player. After the Lynx scored the three
and the Storm called a timeout, Bonita was standing in front
of the scorer's table and one of the Storm coaches told her
that she got that call wrong. Her answer? A little smile and
"Yep, I missed it."
it. "Yep, I missed it." If there was ever a call
that had a direct and concrete effect on the end of a game
- this was it. The Storm had been up by two and instead of
getting the ball back and potentially going up by four, we
were down by one and into scramble mode, lucky to tie the
game and force overtime.
I just missed it." F*** you very much.
other main complaint I have about the refs tonight is the
glaring lack of consistency. The Lynx would mug a Storm player,
and in Janell's case seriously injure her - no call. Next
play on the Lynx side, a Lynx player goes to the basket -
foul. Over and over and over again this happened. Nothing
on our side, same circumstances on the other side and a foul.
Just call it the same way on both sides, even if you suck
like an 8 lb. Oreck, call it the same way.
know the Betty haters out there - you know who you are - are
going to be howling (and they already have been) that Betty
single handedly lost the game in the overtime. Fine. Betty
tried to play the hero and started forcing shots and losing
the ball that led to Lynx baskets or Storm fouls and Lynx
free throws. Even though she seemed to be in pain - she was
grimacing often, looked like she had a bit of a limp - and
seemed to have grease on her hands - she couldn't hold on
to the ball even when the defense wasn't pressuring her, she
still took it upon herself in the overtime to be the number
one scoring option, regardless of what play Coach Donovan
called. In this game, Betty blew it. Instead of getting the
ball to our real number one scoring option - LJ - or even
to the other player who was white hot all game - Izzy - Betty
kept trying to hit the big shot that would drive the crowd
crazy. Sure, she hit a couple, but the 2 or 3 turnovers along
with the fouls negated the hero performance. So fine - go
on about how horrible Betty is. All I can say is no Betty,
no 2004 championship. I'll take the championship and the chance
that she'll make dumb decisions every once in awhile.
face it - the Storm seriously miss Sue Bird at the point.
How many passes into the post were stolen or deflected tonight?
How many times did the offense bog down with the point guard
- Zara or Wright - dribbling out the clock on the perimeter?
How many times did it seem like the offense was stuck in molasses,
while the Lynx were seemingly able to get whatever shot they
wanted on the perimeter or going to the basket?
and LJ were just about the only two offensive bright spots.
Izzy turned it on and played an excellent all around game.
She and LJ both carried the team on offense and defense. The
only other player who was really having an impact was Janell
and she was taken out by the Lynx. I didn't see the incident
clearly, but it looked like she got slapped and poked in the
eye. She must have gotten hit much harder than a slap because
she had a big knot above her left eye and looked to me like
she was literally dazed and confused. She covered her ears
every time the crowd got loud, she didn't seem to be able
to focus her eyes or open them very wide and looked like she
was about to get sick. I haven't heard anything official,
but she had the hallmarks of someone who had a concussion.
Whatever it was, it kept her out of the game. With the Storm
down 2 starters, the Lynx were barely able to scrape out a
win in overtime.
was this a frustrating game. In the first half, every foul
called on the Storm was on a Lynx drive that led to free throws.
On the Storm end, the Lynx gummed things up with a zone and
it took the Storm nearly the whole half to break it. Even
though LJ scored 26, the perimeter players were still not
getting her the ball in good position. They would wait and
wait and wait until the defense was set before passing into
the post. Why not get her the ball before the defense has
3 people in the paint just waiting for her to spin with the
ball? Why not get it to her when she's only got one defender,
even if there is still 20 seconds on the shot clock? Just
because it goes all the way to 30 doesn't mean you have to
use it all.
Storm's spacing was also bad. When they get bunched up or
when someone is out of place, it allows the defenders to essentially
cover more than one player. That's how so many passes got
picked off or deflected tonight - the Storm players were continually
getting jammed together on offense and were making it easier
for the Lynx to disrupt the passing lanes.
any good stuff happen? Of course it did. We overcame an 11
point Lynx lead with some tough defense and took control of
the game in the second half. Each of the players had good
plays, like Simone getting a block or diving on the floor
for a loose ball, or Chelle hitting a big 3 that helped get
the game in reach early on, or Zara with an offensive rebound
and score. Let's face it, even with the lackluster play, crappy
officiating and free throw happy Lynx, the Storm were one
bad call away from winning - even without Sue and Janell.
hard to try and extract anything good out of this one because,
as I said, it sucked, but for those who can be more optimistic
than I can right now, there were things you could pin your
hopes on. For me, I'm going to stew about this one for awhile.
Hopefully Betty will stew on it too.
always hard to come up with Other Notes after a loss.
best side thing tonight was watching Mandisa and Ashley on
the bench reacting to the game. Mandisa was really yelling,
especially after Janell's and LJ's blocks. Early on in the
game, she had yelled a couple things and looked around to
see if anyone was paying attention. I help up my megaphone
and offered it to her. She laughed it off and shook her head
no. She and Ashley were having a lot of fun, that's for sure.
has a healthy looking shiner under her right eye and the cast
on her nose looks a little bigger than last year's version.