score: Storm 88 Silver Stars 92 (L) (13-13)
Watch | A women's barbershop choir. They were
good, and get extra credit for buttering us up beforehand
with a harmonious "We love the Storm."
Psyche | Why does this keep happening to us?
Highlight | We didn't suck in the third quarter
as much as other games. I know, that's not much of a highlight.
| Ft. Lewis kids basketball scrimmage. Apparently
three-point shots are the only shots kids practice these days.
Keyword of the Game | Will someone please
guard the guards?
Photos | Rick
L | Scott
In my opinion, this was the first absolute must-win game of
the season. Not only did we need to carry the momentum from
beating Indiana further and get a strong home win stretch going,
but we desperately needed to beat San Antonio and avoid the
Storm weren't able to get over whatever mental block they
have with the Silver Stars. It's official, San Antonio is
in the Storm players' heads.
without their Energizer Buescher, the Silver Stars were able
to dominate the game and match everything the Storm had, plus
just a little. This was really the key to the game. The Silver
Stars had just a little more gas in the tank, wanted to send
a stronger message, came in and wanted to kick over our apple
cart — pick your sports cliché.
biggest difference, and this is starting to get into broken
record time, was bench play. We had none. They had lots.
Looking at the stats, our starters totally outplayed their starters,
almost at every position. Becky had more points than Sue, but
Sue scored more points than she has in weeks, which no one expects
any loungers so I count it as a major plus. In fact, it seemed
that all the starters were finally determined to take some pressure
off LJ by being more aggressive themselves. For awhile there,
there was a scoring race on between Janell, Betty and LJ. They
were tied at 11, 13 and 15 until LJ took off and blew it up
to her normal gobs of points.
the bench for a moment (and isn't that easy these days), the
Storm played a great game. The Silver Stars were so keyed
on LJ to start that Janell was able to kick out several quick
baskets. Once the Stars starting paying more attention to
JB, LJ got going. You have to credit that to the coaching.
The game plan was structured to anticipate San Antonio's defensive
posture and exploit it. Then, once they adapted, the Storm
game plan adapted. From my perspective, it was the most obvious
successful coaching plan the Storm have executed this season.
Always, there is a however.
plan failed utterly in the end because the bench brought nothing
and all the pressure was on the starters. The Silver Stars,
on the other hand, were able to play 10 players against our
5 and get productive minutes out of all 10. Even with our
starters having season-highs or career nights, they can't
play 5 on 10 and expect to win.
much credit as you can give to the Storm coaching staff for
figuring out how to attack the Silver Stars defense early
on, you have to give more credit to the San Antonio coaches
for figuring out how to weather the Storm's offensive heavy
hitters and win the game.
It was extremely frustrating to watch.
can't help but think that we saw in this game Coach Donovan's
playoff rotation — all starters with minimal bench play
and hope that our starting 5 has enough gas to beat how ever
many the other team puts on the floor.
that is the case, we're in trouble. I know that our starting
5 is as good or better than just about any other starting
5 in the league. But as we saw tonight, 5 can't beat 10.