score: Storm 90 Dream 72 (W) (6-1)
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E | Rick
L | Annie
Angie said to me as we left the Key after this game, "So
that's what it looks like when the Storm play four quarters
instead of just the fourth quarter."
Storm's habit over the first few games has been to get into
a hole and then play their way out in the second half, not
taking the lead until late in the fourth quarter. I think
I speak for everyone when I say we were all worried that when
the Storm got up against a quality opponent there wouldn't
be a fourth quarter comeback.
we got that quality opponent and there wasn't a fourth quarter
comeback... because we didn't need one.
Storm had their heads in this game from the start. They took
the best that Atlanta could muster and came back with the
same or better intensity and energy. We saw this in the first
couple of the games this season — the Storm brought
great disruptive defensive pressure forcing their opponents
into turnovers and broken plays.
the Storm started the same way and were able to keep it up
throughout the game. They had 3 steals in the first 4 minutes
or so of the game. They refused to give up on plays on either
end. One early sequence that stuck out to me as a sign into
the Storm's focus came in the first quarter. McCoughtry went
in for a basket and missed. The Dream got a couple of offensive
rebounds and misses but the Storm didn't give up and kept
fighting for position. Finally they got the ball back and
pushed it up the floor. Sue tried to hit Swin with a pass
into the post, but Swin bobbled the ball. She was able to
get a hand on it, but not possession. She kicked it out to
an open Tanisha on the perimeter who quickly swung it around
to an even more open LJ who drained a three.
was really the story of the game. The Storm played the whole
40 minutes, kept up the defensive intensity and hit the big
shots. I think this was the first game this season when the
Storm outscored their opponent in all four quarters.
think one of the differences between the Dream and the other
teams we've seen so far is that the Dream forwards and centers
weren't able to outmuscle the Storm. The Dream had more height,
position for position, but they didn't have more bulk nor
did they have more overall speed. La'coe and Camille were
shorter than their Dream counterparts, but they were more
determined and powerful and that negated the height advantage
to a certain degree. I also think that our players simply
wanted the ball more.
pass meant for Camille got tipped and she went up against
two taller players for to get it and then immediately took
it up for a basket. La'coe was guarding Bales at times, an
almost humorous height difference, but was able get early
position and move Bales around.
Dream had no answer for LJ. She dominated the game. When the
Dream posts doubled her in the paint, she hit threes from
outside. When they came out to cover her on the perimeter,
she was able to drive into the lane and score there. She was
blocking shots and cleaning up on the boards. The only time
the Dream showed any life was they short time LJ was on the
player I becoming a huge fan of is Svetlana Abrosimova. She
brings something to the Storm we haven't seen in a long time
— energy off the bench. When she comes in the game,
and to a lesser extent with La'coe, you know that she's going
to do something to change the game whether it's hitting a
big basket or getting a key steal. Honestly, the last time
we had a player or players like this was when we had Tully,
Adia and Chelle coming off the bench in 2004. Svet got knocked
around, but kept going. One of the best things I saw her do
was late in the fourth quarter when the Storm were up by 22.
She threw herself out of bounds trying to save the ball. Even
though the game was in the bag, she wasn't taking her foot
off the gas. I like that. The Storm need more of that.
Storm handily beat the current top team from the East and
are building their best start ever. Now they need to keep
doing this every game and we'll be in a great spot at the
end of the regular season.
in the house! When asked if she would be writing up a game
report, she said she hadn't decided but brought a note pad
just in case. The next time I saw her, she was in her seat
taking notes... before the game started. You can't keep a
good writer down.
the arena seating area, I saw that there were t-shirts draped
on the the first 10 rows or so. I thought, hmm, free t-shirts.
Then I got down there and saw that they were T-Mobile promo
shirts for recycling your cell phone (WNBA Green Week, presented
by T-Mobile). Laudable for certain, but on a personal note
I had to sign in resignation. I definitely had "I just
left work" moment.
Storm wore there green road jerseys in honor of the Storm's
Go Green Night and WNBA Green Week, presented by T-Mobile
(see, I can't help it now).