WNBA Playoffs, Round 1, Game 2
score: Storm 75 Sparks 74 (W) (1-1)
Game Blog | Pelton's
E | Rick
have a headache. My throat is in agony and I think I tasted
blood at one point. I feel like throwing up.
either have the swine flu or I just left KeyArena after watching
the Storm beat the Sparks with some insane last second heroics.
seconds to go. All of us — every man, woman and child
in that building — were thinking some version of the
following: Here we go again. Why can't we get out of the first
round? I guess my Sunday is opening up. Does Can dice Parker
ever quit whining to the refs?
every man, woman and child except for the 11 Storm players
and 3 Storm coaches. They were still working on winning this
4 after some Thompson free throws, the Storm get the ball
to Sue who streaks to the top of the three point line, gives
her defenders a head and ball fake to get them flying past
and then inexplicably knocks down yet another game saving
three point basket.
seconds left and it's back to a one-point game.
does that woman even have real human blood in her or some
sort of T-1000 liquid metal that allows her to forget the
first 39:50 of the game and calmly hit one of the biggest
shots in Storm history?
knows the Storm are going to foul as soon as the Sparks even
think about touching the ensuing inbounds pass. All the Storm
players are body to body with the Sparks players, waiting
to slap at the arm, wrist or ball to stop the clock and prepare
for another miracle.
Quinn tried to pass the ball to Delisha Milton-Jones who was
running towards the Storm end of the court, so her pass was
already in the direction of the promised land. ARob was defending
the inbounds and jumping and waving her arms around like a
crazy woman, so Quinn had to throw the ball a bit wide.
(I LOVE YOU FOREVER AND EVER) Little was on DMJ and went for
the pass instead of waiting to foul DMJ after catching the
ball. Somehow she got her fingers on it and tipped it, forcing
it even more towards the Storm end of the court.
was able to get control of the ball, fighting it away from
Thompson, who almost got a hand on the ball. She flipped it
forward to a flying Camille who had immediately taken off
down the court after tipping the ball. With the same steely
resolve as Sue with her three-pointer, Camille drives to the
basket, avoids the defenders (Thompson mostly) and laid in
I just described took all of about 5 seconds. And just that
fast we have the lead by one and KeyArena is shaking to its
roots from the roar of the crowd, none of whom are now making
alternate plans for Sunday.
had a shot on the other end as the clock expired, but missed.
on for Game 3.
our way out of the arena, we saw Amy Burdick, our former ticket
rep and one of the great Storm front office people we've met.
She spelled it out in three little words:
what the Storm are all about right now. They aren't listening
to the hype or the commentators who have them as just another
road bump on the Lisa Leslie Retirement Grand Tour. They believe
they can win every game they play, regardless of the opponent.
It's not something we've seen from the Storm for a long time,
so it's hard to not fall into the normal way of thinking when
we are down or facing the long odds. We have to think the
same way, especially for Game 3.
saw it in Game 1, even though it was a loss. The Sparks came
out and tried to win the series in the first quarter of that
game. The Storm responded and were a couple turnovers or made
baskets from winning that game.
we saw it all game long as the Storm battled hard, ignored
the rebounding differential, forgot the miscues and kept going
at the Sparks until they overcame a 9-point deficit and took
the lead. And then at the end of the game with the result
looking all but decided, the Storm didn't roll over and give
in to the assumed inevitable. They kept fighting. Some might
look at the last two baskets scored by Sue and Camille as
luck. Maybe, but both were situations that happened because
the Storm kept working and didn't give up. They made their
own luck happen.
Storm has it. We need to bring it. Game 3 is Sunday.
playoff video played during the player intros was freakin'
awesome! I loved it. I haven't checked, but I hope the Storm
put it on their web site. The graphics were very cool. The
players all looked tough and defiant. The music was perfect.
Whoever put that together — great job.
was booing during the Sparks' intros (only the starters for
either team were introduced since this was a televised game).
We need more, people!
Bobbitt was acting like a crazed Shitzu or something on the
Sparks' bench, jumping around, yelling, waving her arms, running
up and down the sideline — all game long. Give
it a rest, short bus.
got an award pregame for leading the league in assists this
season. Never a good omen.
was nice video message about Pee Wee retiring at the end of
this season which had been announced recently. I don't think
I was the only one wondering why we have such a hard time
keeping veteran back up points guards. I honestly think we're
in the spot we are this season because Pee Wee presence allowed
Coach Agler to play Sue and Tanisha in such a way as to push
both toward their strengths. I would really like to see Pee
officiating was nauseating (part of the reason for me wanting
to throw up at the end of the game, I'm sure). It's hard to
not think about league conspiracy theories about prolonging
The Diva's run through the playoffs after seeing some of the
crapola coming from the zebra corps. And here's a little tip
for any refs who might read this: when Delisha Milton-Jones
and any other player start pushing, shoving or using harsh
language and you want to call a double technical. Don't. It's
all DMJ, so just call it on her. Isn't it a little telling
that it's always her and someone else that get into it? That's
her job, to get into other players' heads and be an instigator.
That's Cooper's style. Her play has his stink all over it.
#59 Josh Tiven — you suck. There is no other way to
really describe your performance tonight than that. You suck.
#13 Cameron Inouye — you suck. You are the easiest ref
for players to intimidate and the Sparks were in your face,
towering over you all night and you kept calling things their
way regardless of reality. #39 Michael Price — you suck.
I got nothing else.
showed the final results of the 2009 Stormies, and no one
was surprised that Ashley Robinson won for her "Dumb
and Dumber" most annoying sound ever clip. She was giving
her video acceptance speech when Camille interrupted all Kanye-style
and said something about Sue having the best clip of the year.
It was unexpected and awesome. The whole arena was cracking
commentary usually isn't an Other Notes kind of thing, but
it is tonight. Suzy rocked it tonight. She did have some hard-to-take
turnovers under the basket, but she also knocked down some
threes and a couple free throws at key times to help turn
the game around. Camille was having a tough time in the paint.
She can usually go one-on-one against taller players, but
she was going up against 2 or 3 Sparks' bigs at a time and
was really unable to produce much. She of course got the important
one. Swin, Sue and Tanisha lead the way with the scoring.
Tanisha had a great stat line with 15 points, 9 assists and
6 rebounds. I didn't even notice the assists until I looked
at the box score.
Storm's defense was the real story of this game. They played
the Sparks tough all game, but had one stretch in the third
quarter when they were phenomenal. They were forcing turnovers,
fighting for rebounds and just shut down the Sparks at every
turn. And then on the other end, they were able to turn those
turnovers into points. They outscored the Sparks by 10 in
the third quarter and were able to ride that momentum into
the fourth quarter.
quick check through all the box scores for the other playoff
games shows that we, by far, had the best attendance of any
playoff game so far. It will be interesting to see what Phoenix
and Indy can pull, but they aren't going to match our energy
or noise. I'm thinking about buying a decibel meter to start
keeping track of how loud the Key gets. We had that place
Garfield High School Drum Line performed at halftime.