score: Storm 79 Dream 88 (L) (13-11)
was the first Storm game I’ve had the chance to attend
since the Sting folded. My brother lives in the Atlanta area
so I talked him into going with me. He is an avid basketball
fan but was pretty oblivious to the WNBA. He took the opportunity
to get under my skin by cheering for the Dream and then gloating
when they won. He did say that he was impressed with the quality
of play and that he had a good time and was glad he went.
I told him that LJ was the best female player in the world
and at least her performance tonight did nothing to prove
It was breast cancer awareness night so the Dream wore pink
uniforms and several breast cancer survivors gave testimonials
and there was a taped tribute to Kay Yow during halftime.
The arena was fairly full which was impressive since the Falcons
were playing on TV and there was a Paul McCartney concert
at a venue a couple of miles away.
This was one of those games where you truly feel you have
the better team but that every break was going the other way
and you end up with a loss. The reasons we lost in my opinion
were as follows:
1. The Dream made too may “pull one out of your rear
end” plays. They made at least 3 “and 1”
plays with heaves in the direction of the basket that went
in, Izzy banking in threes, Ivory Latta bricks that don’t
draw iron falling right into a teammates hands for layups.
Weird bounces off missed free throws for offensive put backs.
Swin Cash’s anti-clutch play. Not only did she make
eight turnovers, most of them absolutely killed our momentum.
She missed a free throw that would have tied the game after
one of our many comebacks. On an inbounds play, she threw
the ball straight to a Dream player that resulted in an uncontested
layup. On a critical jump ball in the fourth quarter she wins
the tip but sends the ball straight out of bounds. In the
last minute, her offensive foul negates a TW put back off
an LJ miss. We would have been within 3 after a 13 point Dream
lead. That play pretty much killed us for the night.
TW resumed her role as “The human turnover.” She
got in early foul trouble that limited her minutes and never
got into the rhythm of the game. The box score credited her
with four turnovers but she had a hand in at least three others.
Horrible officiating, especially on out of bounds plays. They
missed so many plays that I almost wonder if they recruit
their referees from professional wrestling. Almost every out
of bounds call went against the Storm. The called a BS double
technical on LJ and Snow. It was routine physical play and
a warning should have been sufficient.
Cash and Camille letting Sancho Lyttle light them up. She
was getting good looks all night long.
No “instant energy” player off the bench. We don’t
really have bench players as opposed to eight interchangeable
starters. I really don’t believe we can reach championship
level until we have such a player. We haven’t had one
since Tully. Ivory Latta and Coco Miller gave Atlanta that
little extra energy that put them over the top.
Inability to finish quarters. It seems we would get the lead
down to one with a minute and a half left in the quarter but
then forget to play defense and let Atlanta score the last
four or five points.
The reasons we could have won:
1. Lauren Jackson. Every time Atlanta went up by eight or
nine she would make plays on defense or hit a three to bring
us back in the game.
Sue Bird. I’ve read some criticisms from some earlier
posts on her play from people who admit they didn’t
watch the game. The criticisms couldn’t be more off
base in my opinion. Her court vision was nothing less than
extraordinary. She would have been credited with more assists
had not Little and Cash blown layups. You really have to watch
her play live to appreciate how good she is. Her defense was
fine. She also had to play excessive minutes due to TW’s
Suzy Batkovic-Brown. She finally got enough playing time in
a non-garbage situation to make a positive contribution. She
looked like the player I remembered from the Australian national
We did not quit. Even though the final score had us losing
by 9 it seemed like a one or two point game since the final
score was inflated by free throws. There were at least four
opportunities for Atlanta to blow us out, but we fought back
Most anxious moment of the game:
After that BS double technical on LJ and Snow, LJ gets a bad
call on an offensive foul setting a pick and appears to turn
in the direction of the official and says her favorite word.
A technical is called and I’m thinking LJ is ejected
with 11 seconds to go in the half. There is no announcement
in the arena about who the tech is on. LJ plays the final
seconds on the half so I knew ot must not have been on her.
I did not find out that it was on Peewee until I saw the box
score the next day.
Aside from the loss, There was no mention or recognition of
LJ’s 5000th point in the arena.
Atlanta has a strong roster from top to bottom, They will
make some noise in the playoffs and they could reach the finals.
In person they are very impressive.
I hope we make one more roster move because we really have
some dead wood at the end of the bench.
I saw about six other Storm fans there so at least I wasn’t
Even though we lost, It was a good game to watch and I more
than got my money’s worth.