score: Storm 97 Mercury 74 (W) (8-1)
Score | Jayda's
Game Blog | psheehy's
from Press Row
E | Rick
L | Diane
I think it is safe to say that the third quarter of this game
will be the measuring stick against which the Storm's performances
Storm outscored the Mercury 37-13. They outplayed the Mercury
in every way. They smothered Phoenix on defense and had their
offense clicking better than any other period this season
so far. What had been a close game through the first two quarters
became an almost absurd blowout with the Storm leading by
41 at one point.
yeah, and this was the second half of a road/home back-to-back.
was concerned at the beginning of the game that the Mercury
were going to try and run the Storm into the ground. The game
down in LA last night was tight at the end and our starters
didn't get a lot of rest. Add in the weirdness of playing
outside, not a lot of sleep with the quick travel back to
Seattle and an early-ish Sunday game (even an hour earlier
than normal can have an effect) all potentially added up to
the Storm not having a lot of gas in the tank. While Phoenix
seems to have lost some speed with Cappie's absence, they
are still Phoenix and running is what they do.
fact, the Storm started the game on what can only be described
as a quick attack mode. The Storm were the ones pushing the
tempo. They were getting the ball down the court quickly,
passing into the paint early in the shot clock and taking
it up for a shot without hesitation. The Storm were also spreading
the scoring around so that the Mercury couldn't double team
LJ or whoever might be posting up in the paint.
eventually responded by going into a zone. It didn't really
help, because the Storm just went to work breaking it down.
Their passes were quick and snappy as they continued to reverse
the ball and find the seams in the zone as they developed.
The best part of it all was that the Storm were making great
decisions on their shots. They were patient, methodical and
had no real problems scoring against the Merc defense.
wasn't until the Storm starters were subbed out that the Storm's
overall defensive intensity eased up. During the first part
of the second quarter, the Mercury were able to slowly start
to creep back into the game. By the mid-point of the quarter,
they had cut the Storm's 14 point lead down to 7.
was during the second quarter that I thought the Storm's fatigue
might be setting in. The Mercury were playing a short roster
at that point and had left most of their starters in against
the Storm bench. They were also speeding up their offense
and were able to get quick scores before the Storm were able
to get set defensively. On the other end, the Storm were slowing
down on offense and taking much more time to get the ball
in. The Mercury pulled to within 5 and I was getting more
and more concerned that the Storm may have used up their energy
to start the game so hot. With a couple minutes left in the
half, I was not looking forward to the third quarter.
I had given up on the second quarter too early because the
Storm had same gas left.
went on a mini-run and took off on a 10-0 spurt to end the
quarter. The Mercury had been taking control and reeling the
Storm back in only to find themselves down by 15 going into
then, the third quarter.
know it's good when I forget to take photos or take any game
notes. I could never really be a reliable sports writer or
reporter. I get into the game too much and there was no way
I wasn't getting into the game tonight. The Storm were superb
and just totally dominated the Mercury. Both Angie and I kept
pointing out the scoreboard to each other as the quarter wore
on as the Storm extended their lead past 20, then past 30
and finally up to 41 points.
weren't the only ones who were thinking "What the hell
just happened?" The Mercury were stunned and had absolutely
no response for the Storm's energy and output. The capper
came at the very end of the quarter when the Storm got the
ball back with .5 seconds on the clock (after a referee instant
replay review) and were able to find Jana at the free throw
line for a catch and shoot to beat the buzzer. The place went
crazy and the game was over.
fourth quarter was bench vs. bench and while the Mercury bench
took control and outscored the Storm bench 26-10, we still
got some good performances from a couple players.
really liked what I saw from Veselá. She came in a
shot with confidence and had no hesitations with the ball.
It was a telling difference between the way she played and
the way ARob played. Ashley got the ball for a couple shots
and still had the deer in the headlights reaction, even though
she's been on the team for years now. On one shot, she had
the ball five feet from the basket, was moving towards the
basket and wasn't being tightly guarded. Instead of getting
an easy jumper, she threw the ball off the backboard like
she was setting up some sort of circus jam. It wasn't even
close. Compare that to Veselá who confidently hit her
jumpers or drove the lane for 8 points on 4 for 4 shooting.
I get that Coach Agler kept Robinson for her height, but damn.
the Storm get a bit of a break before they face LA next week.
Yes, they were able to turn the tables on Phoenix and run
them out of the Key, but there's no reason to push our luck.
Some rest is a great idea and the Storm need to stay focused.
The Sparks are taking a long time to get their stuff together,
but they are still tough.
good news is that the Storm is 4-0 against Phoenix and LA.
The Storm will play 10 games this season between those two
teams, playing each 5 times. We're off to a good start, but
it's just a start.
Loser season 2 winner Matt and his wife Susie, season 2 runner
up, were at the game. It was a little ironic that shortly
after introducing them on the big screen, the Storm held a
cookie eating contest during halftime. Nothing like honoring
someone for getting healthy and losing weight and then following
it up with some gluttony.
Swin Cash bobblehead clip was unveiled, warning all of us
to not be fan 4001 on bobblehead night. Whoever produced these
clips did a great job.
got called for a flagrant foul after knocking Svet in the
head as Svet went up on a fastbreak for a layup. Dee argued
the call, but it was clearly a head shot even if it was inadvertent.
After the free throws, Dee was smiling and gestured at Svet
from across the floor who motioned back that she was okay.