score: Storm 80 Mercury 87 (W) (6-7)
Watch | Decent, with only a couple off notes
Psyche | WTF? Seriously, WTF?
Highlight | Were there any?
| Kid dance team.
Keyword of the Game | See "Fan Psyche"
Photos | Scott
E | Rick
didn't need to have the arena announcer inform us that there
were technical difficulties tonight — we could plainly
see it on the court.
was the Storm's third home loss this season. For perspective's
sake, compare this to the 2004 season when we had 4 losses
at home — all season long, or to last season when we
had 3 losses at home — all season long. Seattle's
strength over the last few seasons has been its home record,
something which has for the most part overshadowed the Storm's
weakness — its road record. Now, the home cooking is
going sour and the road fare is just as bad. So far, the Key
has just been another arena for the Storm. It certainly hasn't
been the House of Pain for the visiting teams as it has been
in the past.
was a little disturbing to see at the end of the first quarter
that even though it seemed like the Storm played a decent
10 minutes, they were down by 3. Everything seemed to be working
well — rebounding, the offense was on track, Betty,
Janell, and LJ were all getting good looks and easy shots.
Everything was okay, except that Pondexter and Taurasi were
getting even better looks and even easier shots.
was less a game than it was a shooting contest between Cappie
and Diana to see who would take over first place in league
scoring this week.
killer came in the third quarter as the Mercury ran the Storm
into the court and jumped out to a sudden and daunting lead.
We were down by 5 or so and I stopped one of the Storm staffers
walking past to ask about the All-Star balloting. In the time
she and I talked — we really did go through the
team's total allotted quantity — the Mercury had blind-sided
the Storm and were up by 12. I turned to Angie and asked her
what the hell just happened. She didn't have an answer and
neither did the Storm.
Mercury built the lead up to 16 and basically coasted through
the fourth quarter to the buzzer. The Storm got it down to
8 a couple of times, but by then it was too late.
back again to last season, the Storm were 8-10 before they
kicked it into gear to finish 20-14 and making the playoffs.
Being 6-7 isn't the end of the world. We're only a couple
of games out of being in the thick of things and there are
still 21 games to go in the season. Going all Chicken Little
now doesn't make any sense nor would it do any good.
if we put any credence in what Coach Donovan was saying during
the preseason — mainly that this team may be the
deepest Storm team ever with the best bench ever and that
another Championship is the only goal — you have
to question what is happening.
stay away from negatively critiquing our players because that
isn't my style, but the first 13 games have me wondering about
Tanisha be playing the point guard position? The offense flat
out stalls when she has the ball on the perimeter and is continually
dribbling and dribbling. She has shown flashes of greatness
when she's able to play without the ball — coming off
screens, slashing to the basket, making back cuts, etc —
but she just doesn't look comfortable playing the point and
when she does the other teams have been taking advantage of
Barbara Turner be starting in place of Izi? This is a tough
one. BT has, at times, shown tremendous energy and scoring
ability, but she's not always out there against the other
teams' starting forwards. Izi has taken on Betty's and Lauren's
shooting slump and has been almost totally ineffective on
offense. Do you pull Izi, potentially damaging her confidence
even more, or do you let her work herself out of her slump
like you did with Betty and Lauren? And, would BT be as effective
as a starter?
is it that our posts are getting consistently outplayed by
other teams who, on paper, have much less talent at those
positions? Janell and LJ got the better of the Mercury posts
tonight, but over the last 5 or 6 games this has not been
the case. Is Wendy's absence making this much of a difference?
isn't the best player in the world getting more than 10 or
so shots a game? The Storm's opponents have figured out how
to neutralize LJ — make sure she never gets the
ball. The Storm guards are going to have to figure out and
how to change things up and start getting LJ the ball before
she's got a triple team smothering her. They also have to
start passing the ball without softly lobbing it up in the
air. How many times has a casual pass into the post been picked
off or tapped so that LJ never gets an opportunity to catch
most frustrating thing about the way the Storm has been playing
is that we can see that they are much better than this. They
have to be able to see that they are much better than this,
and I hope they are way more frustrated that we could ever
be. I want them to be pissed off and to start dictating how
these games go instead of reacting to the other teams. It's
time to make a stand, start kicking some ass and make the
other teams start questioning themselves.
too irritated for other notes.