score: Storm 87 Sting 81 (W) (17-14)
Watch | Powerful singer weighed down by too
many vocal embellishments.
Psyche | Can someone PLEASE hold on to the
Highlight | Sue to Izi to Betty for the basket
| Juggler dude who had Spiderman's sense of
Keyword of the Game | Just Win It™
win was great and all, but we should have won by 20 and it's
a little disturbing that we didn't.
I didn't know that Charlotte only had 9 wins all season and
has been saved from having the worst record in the league
only because Chicago has been even more pathetic, I wouldn't
have believed it after watching the game.
looked like the had something to prove and Seattle looked
like they were doing just enough to stay ahead, but not enough
to take the win. It should have been the other way around.
With the playoffs on the line, you would think that the Storm
would have worked to make sure there was no chance Charlotte
could spoil their postseason chances. Instead, Seattle played
one of its sloppiest games of the season and flirted with
handing the game over to the Sting like they were holding
out a piece of candy to a sibling only to continually yank
it back right when the other kid's hand got too close to the
the Storm were rolling — as long as they still had the
ball by the time they got their offensive set in place. Seattle
had a staggering 23 turnovers, 15 of which were Sting steals.
I honestly think the score would have been closer to 100 if
the Storm had been able to protect the ball even a little
better. Against a better scoring team, Seattle would have
been in big time trouble. As it was, the Sting were able to
get consistently open threes and layups plus one, but not
enough to get them past the Storm's lead.
Storm were able to build 7 to 10 point leads in the third
and fourth quarters several times, only to have the Sting
come right back and cut the lead to 3 or 4 points. McCarville
and Mazzante lit up the Storm and were the real threats during
the last part of the game. It wasn't until late in the game,
and I mean late in the fourth, before the Storm found a way
to keep a defender in Mazzante's face and deny her open shots.
JB and LJ carried the scoring and rebounding load for the
Storm. Betty was especially good in the first two quarters
and had that look about her that everything was going in no
matter how bad the shot was. The averages caught up to her
later, but by then LJ and JB were either getting any shot
they wanted or getting hacked and sent to the line. LJ nearly
scored as many points at the free throw line as did the entire
would say that it was to the Storm's credit that even though
the Sting were forcing Storm turnovers like crazy and never
let the Storm build any kind of comfortable lead, it never
looked to me like the Storm were rattled or overly worried.
I think you could go so far as to say the Storm were a little
too unflappable in this game and could have used a little
more concern. I think the Storm felt like they had this game
in the bag and could turn "it" on if they really
needed to, but why expend any more energy than they had to?
their recent performances are any indication, I'm not worried
that this same lacksidasical team will show up for the "big"
games coming up. Phoenix is still in a position to spoil our
playoff drive and it is up to the Storm to continue their
winning road ways if they want to make the playoffs. Given
the histories between the Storm and their next three opponents,
I would be very surprised if the Storm players aren't more
prepared and more driven to win than they were tonight.
next three games will be very tough, but the Storm has more
to accomplish than just making the playoffs — Houston.
so the "Aussie, Oi" thing was working fine with
the group behind the north basket doing it before LJ's free
throws all season. For some alcohol-induced reason, someone
in 111 or 113 — I couldn't pinpoint him — started
trying to get the same cheer going about 30 seconds later
than the people in 107, even during LJ's shots. I think enough
people gave him the stank eye or flat out told him to stop
that he eventually weakly joined in with the 107 cheer instead
of starting his own. Noobies.
Payton was at the game and looked a little surprised at the
boisterous reaction he got once he was introduced. GP —
this town loves you, knows you got the shaft and would take
you back in a second. Oh yeah, and congrats on the championship.
team stayed on the court and each gave a brief statement of
thanks to the fans for our support. Sue went the extra mile
and gave out 20 pairs of her personalized Nikes, all autographed
of course. I got a look at a pair — NewSocks scored
a box from her new close and personal friend JB — they
are the coolest to be sure.
Lazy Boy $10000 shot guy missed, but 111 got the coupons anyway!
Woohoo! Angie and I have been thinking about getting a new
played a faux movie awards video clip showing all the movie
lines the Storm players taped for the guess which movie dealie
and letting fans know they can vote for their favs at the
Storm website. Personally, I think it has to be Izi and Wendy.
Izi totally got into the Tom Cruise role.
Thompson was recognized before the game, given flowers, a
$500 gift card and framed photos from the 2004 Championship.
Word is via a recent Times article that she's moving to Seattle
to be a personal trainer and the Storm are working on adding
her to their PR department. All I can say is she'd be an excellent
ambassador for the Storm during the next few months... the
next few vital months...
guys who have been holding up the huge signs in section 101,
you know the ones that have been ranting about Title IX and
other issues that really have no bearing on the new arena
deal, made what has to be the largest sign ever displayed
inside KeyArena. It was in 4 parts, each about 10 feet long,
that had to be held up by 4 different rows of people. It said,
"Seeing is" "Believing!!" "We Came,
We Saw" "We Believe!!" Nice.
thing — for those of you who were listening on
the radio: If there was more static than normal on the broadcast,
blame it on Kevin Pelton's shirt: