score: Storm 67 Shock 77 (L) (14-13)
Watch | Didn't see it.
Psyche | All pumped up with no where to go.
Highlight | Unfortunately, what would have
been on a continuous loop replay on ESPN (if they actually
showed WNBA video) was something we're glad we didn't get
to see again.
Keyword of the Game | Pick your expletive.
This game was disappointing.
LJ in the second half (considering that she's been playing
through pain for the whole season already, the pain she felt
tonight must have been excruciating to get her to sit out
for half a game), no Betty in the late 3rd and 4th quarters,
Janell out for the season, Wendy out for the season, Shaun
out for the season, Sue hobbled by sore feet and what looks
like an abdominal injury (she keeps clutching the same area
on her left side after exerting herself), and now Cisti out
with who knows how serious a concussion after getting stepped
on and then kicked in the face by freakin' Braxton.
with all of that filling up the injury list, the Storm still
had opportunity after opportunity to take this game. It was
frustrating for us to watch — I can't imagine the level
of frustration the players must be feeling.
not sure what's really the sad part though — that
the Storm are running out of players to field a decent team
or that Detroit was so bad even with their starters playing
most of the game that they really barely beat us.
face it, the Detroit Shock sucked and it was only through
a huge night from Nolan and Ford being allowed to play by
a different rule book (she gets such good rebounding position
for a reason, you grey-shirted idiots — and while were
at it, ONE, TWO, THREE — three in the key. Call it!)
that kept them in the game. The second place team in the East
couldn't put away a team that was missing 3 starters and half
its reserves? That's something to be real proud of Detroit
fans. Real proud.
Storm fan perspective, our bench basically kept up with the
Detroit starters and, as I said, had plenty of opportunities
to catch up and take the game. Through the end of the 3rd
and most of the 4th quarter, the Storm kept the score within
6-9 points. Because the Shock were stinking up the Key, one
decent Storm run would have turned the game. The crowd was
there and waiting to explode, but every time the Storm got
a stop and had a chance to make up some ground, they took
a bad shot, lost the ball or just let the rebound go without
fighting for it.
we could have gotten another 5 minutes out of LJ in the 4th
quarter, we would have won this game.
bright note from this game was a solid performance from Ashley
Robinson. She definitely showed that she can be a presence
inside with a career high 13 rebounds and several blocks (she
was only credited with 2, but she had a couple wiped out because
of fouls committed by other Storm players). She can certainly
jump. She was pogoing for rebounds and was getting within
a finger's length from the rim. Give her a run at it and I
wouldn't be surprised if she couldn't dunk the ball. The only
thing she needs to add is some confidence in taking the ball
to the basket and scoring. She's got the hops, height and
long arms — she could have been scoring over Riley and
Ford if she started thinking like a scorer.
this is what kept the Storm down in the second half — role
players whose normal job it is to go in and play defense or
fill up the lane staying in their roles when it was time for
them to do more. I don't think it is something that should
be blamed on anyone in particular — if they don't play
their roles normally, Coach yanks them from the game. Tonight,
they needed to think like scorers and didn't.
this game was disappointing — we lost another home game
which is one thing I'm having a hard time dealing with this
season after the last couple of seasons when the Key was a
road team's worst nightmare, we lost a game we should have
won after winning 3 straight on the road including games we
probably maybe "shouldn't" have won, and while we're
still poised to make the playoffs that outcome doesn't look
that bright simply because of the injuries we have.
this game was disappointing because even though we had a lower
bowl "sell out," I was expecting more. I wanted
to see the damn curtain pulled up. People came through and
donated $5000 about bought 500 tickets for kids — that
was pretty incredible. But where was the support for this
team? 9686? Should have been 14000 or 15000 at least.
Save our Sonics and Storm group had upwards of 100 volunteers
before the game helping pass out signs and sign people up
for more info. That's pretty amazing.
Kilbreath was our guest announcer, making his triumphant KeyArena
return. After the game, he was on the concourse chatting with
some people when we (there were about 10 of us or so, commiserating
about the game) saw him and launched into a spontaneous cheer
and applause. Seattlegaucho had a "I heart Kilbreath"
sign that he offered to autograph. I think we surprised him
a bit. He was a good sport as always. He was a great announcer
and still has the best last name ever for someone whose job
is a public speaker.
was in full force last night and handing out free pizzas right
and left. I tell you, that kind of in-arena promotion works
a ton better than inserting stuff into the big screen videos
like asking the players what their favorite pizza is.
were a ton of signs, and not just the ones we or SOS&S
printed up. There were fewer "Howard Sucks" signs
than I expected, which is a good thing since that ship has
sailed. There were two massive signs ranting on about Title
IX and stuff — I couldn't read them from across
the arena (a signal that you need to do better at sign making)
but got a couple shots.
of photography, man was I off my game. I kept changing my
shutter speed for the seating lighting to get shots of the
signs or fans and then forgetting to change it back for the
court lighting for the game. I haven't looked at them yet,
but I think I might have screwed up most of the second half.