The two first-round sweeps couldn’t have been more different.
Minnesota had to battle Seattle for 80 hard-fought minutes; all Indiana had to do was apply some playoff pressure and watch Chicago collapse.
Minnesota completed its sweep before a small crowd in a strange arena, as the Storm had to move the game to Tacoma because Key Arena was rented out; Indiana thumped the Sky in front of a raucous home crowd excited about defending a WNBA title.
If Dick Vitale were calling WNBA games, he’d be frothing at the mouth while lionizing Lin Dunn’s masterful coaching job in Indiana’s upset – but Dunn wasn’t out there bombing threes. What the Fever shooters did had more to do with Indiana’s first-game victory than Dunn’s strategy, but then again it would unwise to underestimate the veteran coach’s ability to get the most out of her team.
You can’t blame Minnesota fans for looking ahead to the conference finals, and it would be a stunner if the Lynx lost this series, but the Seattle Storm and Brian Agler will not go down easily, despite a huge talent disparity.
Seattle has been healthy all season, so the players know their roles and are in command of the very physical system, so even if the Storm lose in two, the Minnesota wins won’t come easily.
Before the titles and the toppling of records, back when the Olympics and a professional career seemed nothing more than dreams, Tina Thompson learned to love the game of basketball.
Growing up, she honed her skills playing pick-up ball in the gyms and on the asphalt courts of West Los Angeles, not too far removed from her hometown of Culver City. As she once told ESPN’s Andy Kamenetzky, she had no idea this game could help pay for college before becoming so much more.
“What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."
In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, names were everything.If that play was a basketball game, and one team was the Montagues and the other the Capulets, the name splashed on the jersey would be an honor for the players to display and each fan to behold. The names of the teams (families) in this game would represent a bitter rivalry between sworn enemies, and would contribute to a competitive matchup.
The Seattle Storm announced today that veteran point guard Sue Bird will undergo surgery and miss the entire 2013 WNBA season. Bird, who competed in her 11th season with the Storm last year, will have a cyst on her right knee removed. A specific date for the surgery has not been announced; recovery and rehabilitation from the procedure is expected to last six months. Bird led the Storm to WNBA titles in 2004 and 2010 and has made seven All-Star appearances.
Every generation throws a hero up the pop charts.”
Paul Simon, “Boy in the Bubble”
With three seconds to go in the one-point deciding game, Lauren Jackson, arguably the best women’s basketball player in the young 21st century, had the ball on the right block, where she’s had it many times before.