Diana Taurasi once said her team needed to get over the hump with Minnesota, and that the Lynx were indeed, “Humpy.”
Last Saturday, the Phoenix Mercury admirably defended their home court against the Lynx in one of the biggest games of the season (although neither team would tell you that.) A game that started out with poor shooting and shaky defense, turned into a vicious competition were the Mercury outscored the Lynx 38-28 in the paint, and fought back to grab the victory by a mere two points.
Yep, here were are. The season is winding down, and we are just a few weeks out from the playoffs.
For the remainder of the season, I will be focusing on a series called, “In the Home Stretch”, which will cover the mood, the games, and overall feel of how the Mercury are arriving toward the end of the season and into the playoffs.
Well, it doesn’t have the same ring as Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!, but you get the idea.
Tomorrow (7/31) is going to be a big day in the W. Sure, there is a four game line up with several teams in the playoff hunt. But there will be one game everyone will be watching, as the red hot Phoenix Mercury travel to the twin cities to take on their Western Conference rivals, the Minnesota Lynx.
Let’s face it, rookies have it rough. Coming from their college environments where they were at the top of their game, and then finding themselves climbing up a whole new ladder. It's something that all rookies go through, no matter if they were a college star or a bench player. There are exceptions, Taurasi, Parker, Moore – but those exceptions are few.
Yesterday morning I woke up to my usual coffee and internet perusing when I saw the post on facebook. It seemed that head coach Corey Gaines was relieved of his duties by the Phoenix Mercury. Almost immediately I tweeted it out and reactions were everything from relief to excitement – and even somewhat mixed (some on the remorseful end). It was a bit of a bombshell announcement, although any kind of major firing of staff mid-season usually is.
Here we are again, it’s WNBA All-Star time. With a slightly last-minute re-vamped roster (top fan choices Delle Donne and Griner are out with injuries), the WNBA will roll out the All-Star game for the 11th time in its 17 year existence. This does not count the 2 other WNBA vs. USA basketball exhibition games in 2004 and 2010, but put those in there for good measure and we’re up to 13.
This year’s All-Star game will be in Connecticut – for the third time.
It's only the fourth week of the season, but the tone has been set: It's going to be a physical, competitive, roller-coaster ride that will keep teams fighting for a playoff spot until the very last game of the season.
Workin’ Overtime (especially in Tulsa)
There have already been six overtime games this season; by this time last year, there were only three. One may surmise that with the number of games resulting in overtime that the level of competition has really heated up in the league.
Well, the inaugural week is over. The "three-to-see" have been seen. There have been wins, and there have been losses. The Indiana Fever raised a banner and put on a ring. Tina Thompson announced her retirement at the close of the 2013 season. Quite the eventful week.
So, how did it pan out for everyone? I’ll put it into three categories:
To be expected; Came Out Swinging; Can’t Get a Break
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- By now you’ve heard about the rookie who dropped 22 points in her WNBA debut. Yeah, too bad her team lost the game, a 72-66 defeat was somewhat of a letdown for the rookie who was touted as someonone who will be one of the best in the WNBA.