score: Storm 86 Sun 74 (W) (17-11)
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were a couple ways to look at this game.
half empty: The Storm once again played "down" to
their opponent's level and allowed a dangerous team to stay
close until the end, risking yet another home loss on a late
game burst by one or more of the Sun's shooters.
half full: The Storm played a good team toe-to-toe —
an opponent that has given the Storm fits for the last 3 years
— and not only matched the other team's energy but found
ways to push harder.
I'm a glass half full kind of guy.
the post-game Player of the Game interview, Sue said when
asked about what has changed for the Storm lately that they
have decided that they just want to win. You can see that
new mindset on the court.
Storm didn't get panicky even when they made bad decisions
(even if they are the same bad decisions that keep getting
made — like the ones that lead to forced shots with
single digits on the shot clock). Every time the Sun got a
little string of baskets together, the Storm responded with
tougher defense and scoring of their own. I think a very telling
stat that illustrates the Storm's composure and toughness
is that the Storm won three of the four quarters, and tied
the Sun for the other quarter.
was one stretch of the game in the third quarter when the
Sun seemed like they were finally going to make a big move.
It seemed like they were hitting everything, including threes.
The Storm matched the Sun shot for shot. It looked like a
game of I Three, You Three. While it was a bit nerve-wracking
to see the Sun, especially Whining Whalen, get some forward
momentum, it was highly gratifying to see the Storm face another
team's best effort, match it and then do that little extra
to surpass it.
troubling note from this game was how little the bench played
and how little the ones who did play produced. After last
game's 30 points, we only got 3 from the bench in this game.
Only Janell and Pee Wee had significant minutes. Suzy was
in for a minute or two, but that was it. With LJ's back bothering
her so much, you'd have thought that Coach Alger would have
gotten her more help.
positive note from this game was it seems Sue and LJ, back
injury or not, are out of their shooting slumps. I think this
really gets back to Sue's comment about finally wanting to
win. Both of them have that look about them that says they
are going to do whatever it takes to win a game. You can see
the same thing in Camille and Swin. Camille is all business
out on the court. She's been getting called for a lot of ticky
tacky fouls lately, but she's not letting that get into her
best thing of all about this game that helped the whole glass
half full feeling was that with this win, the Storm have clinched
a playoff spot. Dick Fain threw out some numbers after the
game — 6 straight years in the playoffs, 8 straight
.500 or better seasons (second in Seattle sports history to
the Sonics who had 9 straight winning seasons — man,
the Seahawks and the Mariners suck). We've also beaten 3 of
the best 4 Eastern conference teams in a row. Atlanta on Saturday
will make 4 of 4.
in a good spot. We need to keep winning because there is an
outside chance that we can overtake the Mercury for first
place in the West. Even if that doesn't happen, the Storm
need every one of their next 6 games to propel them into the
playoffs. At this point, I don't really care who we play so
long as we have home court.
was the Storm's turn for Breast Health Awareness Night. Most
of the team had on pink shoes and they all wore pink shooting
shirts during warmups. Thankfully, they did not wear pink
uniforms. I get the whole pink thing, but man the pink unis
are hard to watch for 40 minutes and I wasn't looking forward
to the color balance issues when it came to adjust photos.
Interestingly, LJ changed back to her normal low top Nikes
for the second half.
the Storm introductions, the arena's video screen strip that
goes around the arena above the suites was turned to bright
pink all the sudden. It was quite shocking.
Chancellor was at the game.
Hibbert was at the game as well. Angie had a chance to talk
to her for a bit. Katrina has retired from the WNBL and is
now working on joining the fire brigade. She's already taken
one test and now has to do some physical testing.
was wearing a pink headband with "Sharon Cash" written
halftime entertainment was a break dancing group who is on
some dance contest show on MTV. Their video intro was better
than their actual performance. It was also a little weird
that the dancers in the video were different than the ones
who performed. I don't get kids these days.
in the game, Doppler came out and was throwing little pink
bears into the crowd. It was a little disconcerting to see
their flailing bodies fly through the air.