score: Storm 78 Silver Stars 57 (W) (4-1)
Watch | Started out thinking, "Here we
go again," but she did an okay job. Although I'm pretty
sure the line is "O'er" not "And/or."
Psyche | Finally, an (almost) complete
Highlight | Swin's two handed block/steal
| A singer.
Keyword of the Game | Rebounds
E | Rick
that's what it looks like when the chippies start going in.
I think someone had a few rebounding drills over the last
week or so.
the last couple Gameday reports, I wondered what it might
look like when the Storm started playing together early in
the game instead of ramping up their intensity only after
being down by 15-20 points.
like this new strategy of playing all out from the opening
don't think the Silver Stars quite knew what hit them. The
Storm's defensive intensity and relentless rebounding early
on put the Silver Stars into a wall-eyed daze of tentative
confusion. They had no answer for LJ at all. She totally dominated
the first quarter to an almost shocking degree. LJ was getting
under the basket so easily, it looked like a layup drill.
she got rolling strong, Swoopes and Cash started hitting mid-range
jumpers and before we knew what was going on the Storm was
flirting with a a 20-point lead.
the second question I've had recently came to bear —
how will the Storm react to having a big lead instead of being
answer? Pretty darn well. I don't think the Silver Stars were
able to get the lead under about 14 the rest of the game.
Every time they would get a couple baskets in a row and seem
to be on the edge of really getting the game back into reach,
the Storm would respond and push it right back up to the 17-21
only real negative in the Storm's performance came at the
end of the second quarter and for a short stretch in the 3rd
(I think) when it seemed like their concentration wavered
and they started committing really bad turnovers. Any turnovers
are bad, but when they are unforced, that's really bad. The
Storm had several brain farts with some crazy passes to end
the second quarter.
biggest positive had to be the team's rebounding. It seemed
like there were 2-3 Storm players under the basket on most
plays fighting for the rebound. In the earlier home games,
once a shot when up the whole team would head down the court
regardless of a made shot or a miss. Tonight, the guards might
start running back on a shot, but more often than not the
bigs were staying put and scrapping for the ball. That, above
everything else the Storm did right, allowed the Storm to
take firm control of this game.
the big lead and his team playing with a lot of confidence,
Coach Agler was able to throw in some interesting lineups
and get players like Beck some extended court time. ARob,
kind of unexpectedly, did not get much time nor did Santos.
Coach Agler relied on Katie, Shyra and Tanisha much more than
his back-up bigs which lead to a lot of "going small."
thing about how Coach Agler used his rotations tonight —
he made adjustments after the loss at San Antonio and was
able to tweak his game plan enough to give the Storm an edge.
Making adjustments like this is something new that we didn't
see a lot of in the past. If you look at the personnel on
this team, they really are built to be adaptable to just about
any opponent. Obviously, we can go small and run. We also
have the forwards and centers to go big and scrap. Enough
of our players are multi-position players and Coach Agler
can make rotation moves and adjust quickly. In the past, we
didn't have that luxury nor did Coach Donovan seem to like
to deviate from the game plan too far. I think I like this
new strategy too.
Storm are 4-1, tied for our best start ever. With some tough
road games coming up, keeping our home win streak going is
extremely important. I'm feeling pretty good about things,
but the rest of June is looking pretty brutal. Yes, I'm a
glass half empty kind of guy.
kind of expected at least some negative reaction to Becky
Hammon when she was introduced what with the whole Russia
thing, but I didn't hear any boos at all. She got her normal
County Executive Ron Sims and his wife were in attendance.
was Girl's Night Out (I'm not sure how that is any different
than most Storm games) and they had a hair salon and massage
stations up on the concourse.
was a giant "YOOOOOO" sign up behind the south basket,
along with a "Hit it Here" sign. Reusing Mariners'
signs is a basketball party foul.
a little disappointed in yet another sub-7000 attendance.
What's up with that?
sound people were wearing out the "Everybody clap their
hands" button again.