Friday, September 05, 2008

Game Thirty: Storm @ Sky 4 September, 2008

The Storm have, with four games left in the season, tied their franchise record for season wins.

They are the first WNBA team this season to 20 wins.

They have clinched a playoff spot.

They are in sole possession of first place in the Western Conference.

They have the best record in the WNBA.

Not bad for a bunch of old ladies and role players.


Storm
Most Effective Shooters


Player

True Shooting Percentage

Effective FG%

Floor Percentage

Points

Ashley Robinson

100%

100%

34%

2

Sue Bird

79%

79%

57%

19

Yolanda Griffith

73%

67%

44%

10

Camille Little

69%

67%

56%

13

Katie Gearlds

64%

50%

74%

9

Kelly Santos

57%

0%

74%

1

Swin Cash

54%

50%

32%

7

Shyra Ely

50%

50%

61%

2


It takes fantastic shooting and stellar bench play to recover from 20 team turnovers.  Sue Bird has been unreal over the past month of play.

Top Ratings

PlayerOffensive RatingIndividual Rating
Katie Gearlds146.31129.28
Sue Bird132.06130.88
Shyra Ely123.0895.50
Kelly Santos122.95113.64
Camille Little114.00105.97

I can't state how critical it is for key bench players like Swoopes and Gearlds to come in and perform or how important it is that bit players like Ely, Santos and Robinson come in and perform their roles so perfectly.  Things are really coming together.  Ashley comes in to rebound, block shots, and clog the middle.  Kelly comes in to score or draw a foul.  Shyra comes in to rebound, defend and score easy buckets off double teams aimed at the starters.

Raw Plus Minus

Sheryl Swoops: +11
Kelly Santos: +9
Ashley Robinson: +9
Katie Gearlds: +9
Sue Bird:+5
Tanisha Wright: +3
Camille Little: +2
Swin Cash: 0
Shyra Ely: -3
Yolanda Griffith: -5


Most Effective Lineups
Bird-Wright-Swoopes-Cash-Griffith: +6
Bird-Wright-Swoopes-Little-Santos: +6
Bird-Gearlds-Cash-Little-Robinsons: +5
Wright-Swoopes-Gearlds-Little-Santos: +3

Can you say BENCH?!

Sky
Most Effective Shooters

Player

True Shooting Percentage

Effective FG%

Floor Percentage

Points

K.B. Sharp

100%

100%

100%

2

Jia Perkins

76%

79%

83%

22

Sylvia Fowles

67%

67%

43%

12

Dominique Canty

56%

60%

46%

8



Jia Perkins was ridiculously good.  I stand by what I said at the start of the year, Sylvia Fowles is going to be GREAT in this league.


Top Ratings

PlayerOffensive RatingIndividual Rating
K.B. Sharp200.00177.35
Jia Perkins164.41152.80
Brooke Wyckoff127.9587.55

Perkins put up superstar numbers in this game against decent defenders.

Raw Plus Minus
Dominique Canty: +4
Brooke Wyckoff: +4
Jia Perkins: +3
Candice Dupree: +1
Sylvia Fowles: -1
Ty'esha Fluker: -6
Chastity Melvin: -10
Quianna Chaney: -11
Arimintie Price: -12
K.B. Sharp: -12

Most Effective Lineups
Canty-Perkins-Dupree-Wyckoff-Fowles: +10

The bench killed the Sky's chances.  They just need a little more oomph for the bench.  They are going to be scary good in the next two years.

1 comment:

Crow said...

Sue Bird is an amazing warrior. She played the big minutes and picked up from a slow shooting start and brushed aside my doubts. You are an outstanding basketball player / role model. Congrats & best wishes to you, the Storm and the fans.