Thursday, August 02, 2007

7/31 Storm vs. Monarchs

Another strong start that simply fell apart. The Storm fell apart at 2:46 mark of the first quarter giving up their 7 point lead in a matter of seconds. Nicole Powell hit a three and a layup and Lawson and Haynie hit threes in that span. The Monarchs run came immediately after Jenny Boucek went to her bench bringing in Lawson, Haynie and Robinson for Penicheiro, Newton and Brunson. The Monarchs took control in the third quarter preventing Seattle from scoring for the first three and a half minutes leaving the Key Arena crowd standing for around 10 minutes waiting for the first basket of the half. The Storm made a big push in the fourth quarter and surged back, but could not pull it together, they simply ran out of time after wasting half of the third quarter. They seem unable to lock down defense while they have a lead and take FAR too long to recover their offense when they are aggressively disrupted as they were in the start of the third quarter.

Lauren Jackson continues to play at a superhuman level despite being over played and injured. Sue Bird appears to be returning to form on the offensive end of the floor. Ashley Robinson is underused with her length, size and athleticism. She is the best post defender and rebounder outside of Lauren Jackson. With Janell Burse sidelined for wrist surgery Ashley should have more time on the floor to prove her value.

I also think we need to see more of Katie Gearlds at the 2 guard spot to make use of her length. Instead of leaving Tanisha in the lineup when Bird comes back we need to see Katie move to the shooting guard even if that means Izi has to return or bring Ely into the lineup.

Most Effective Shooters

PlayerFloor %Eff FG%
Lauren Jackson67%59%
Janell Burse64%71%
Sue Bird41%40%

Best Ratings

PlayerOff RatingIndiv. Rating
Lauren Jackson138.01128.06
Janell Burse132.73122.46
Sue Bird101.0196.28

Best Plus/Minus
Sue Bird: +5
Lauren Jackson: +2

Most Effective Lineups
Bird-Lennox-Castro-Jackson-Burse: +9
Bird-Lennox-Gearlds-Jackson-Robinson: +2

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