score: Storm 68 Lynx 64 (W) (26-6)
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games have made me as irritated as this one. It wasn't that
the Storm played poorly through the whole first half and into
the third quarter — they've done that before so many
times this season and then come back to win that it almost
seems like they prefer to come from behind.
what irritated me so much about this game, even to the point
that I almost didn't think the Storm deserved the win (almost
— a win is a win), was how the Storm played.
get that with everything sewn up for the Storm's playoff position
human nature would be to relax and coast the rest of the season.
They've done that for the last few games and have gotten beat.
It hasn't mattered in the scheme of things so far as where
the Storm will end the regular season, but there are certianly
two that are most worrisome are giving potential playoff opponents
hope that they have a chance to beat the Storm, at home even,
and getting so relaxed that getting back up to their mid-season
form will take too long. We saw both at play tonight.
Storm should have been able to pound the Lynx. Minnesota was
playing without Anosike which should have been a factor, but
because the Lynx were also playing just to get into the playoffs
they came out with fire and determination and left the Storm
in their dust. The Storm were allowing the Lynx to completely
control the game and they didn't look like they really cared
all that much that they were being embarrased on their own
Storm's body language, the way they reacted to turnovers and
missed shots, the way they let rebounds go without really
even trying to get them — all of it added up to the
worst 20 minutes of Storm basketball in seasons. And the result?
Minnesota's confidence was going up with every play. The last
thing any of us want is a team like Minnesota starting to
think they could beat the Storm in KeyArena.
the other thing — getting back to form. This game showed
what happens when a team thinks they can just "turn it
on" after choosing to slow down. Yes, it is ultimately
the coach's decision to rest players or let the team think
that some games don't matter. Look what happens. The Storm's
collective heads weren't anywhere near being in the game and
they stayed that way until late in the fourth quarter.
was so frustrating to sit there and watch them play with so
little energy or urgency. Can they turn it on? Can they get
back to their dominating style of defense by the time the
playoffs start? I hope so. After this game, I'm worried and
I hope they are too. Hopefully this game was a wake up call.