Thursday, August 26, 2010

Round 1, Game 1 (no numbers)

I haven't even looked at the numbers...but my post from yesterday was still right on with Le'Coe Willingham being a non-factor while Ashley Robinson made a nice impact in limited time and Jana Vesela came up huge.

This is simply about match-ups...LA has exterior/mid-range shooting posts that neutralize Willingham's strength and low post defense/rebounding at one and and offer height and athleticism to compensate for her wily offense. Camille Little struggles against the sparks at times for the same reasons. The Sparks have guards playing the small forward spot with gives tall athletic players with range like Cash and Vesela a big advantage, particularly when LJ starts off the game on the block forcing LA to double/triple team her.

The crowd last night was great. They had a nice portion of the upper bowl open, and there were quite a few people up there. The energy of the crowd was a little different, they were almost jovial like they expected a win. The addition of the wave was interesting, probably a result of bandwagon newbies combined with an unusual post season confidence.

Can the Storm win 7 in row against LA this year and close out the series on Saturday? It should be a rocking game.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Storm vs. LA Numbers

While I am way behind on the season, I do have all of the Storm vs. Sparks games entered into my spreadsheets. Here are some of the bits and pieces I have found from looking at the data...

The most effective lineups against the Sparks this season have been:

Bird-Wright-Cash-Little-Jackson: +26 in 61 minutes of play
Bird-Abrosimova-Cash-Little-Jackson: +10 in 7.5 minutes of play
Bird-Wright-Cash-Jackson-Robinson: +8 in 5 minutes of play

The lineups that have struggled against the Sparks this season have been:

Bird-Wright-Cash-Willingham-Jackson: -6 in 3 minutes of play
Bird-Abrosimova-Cash-Willingham-Jackson: -4 in 10 minutes of play

While Alison Lacey does not show a negative +/- value against the Sparks this season, she has barely played, with only 2.5 minutes all season.

Essentially, the numbers play out that the Storm don't play well against the Sparks with Willingham on the floor. She is -23 for the season against the Sparks at the PF position.

Vesela on the other hand has looked relatively good as long as she is on the floor with Lauren Jackson, and Robinson has looked good paired with either Jackson or Camille Little.

The key to this series may be allowing Le'Coe to continue healing while leaning more heavily on Vesela and Robinson.

Another issue for the Storm, as has often been the case, is that they struggle against the Sparks when Sue Bird is resting. Tanisha Wright is +31 against the Sparks when playing the off guard position and -12 when forced into the point guard slot to rest Sue. The one truly effective lineup with Bird resting against the Sparks this season has been:

Wright-Abrosimova-Vesela-Jackson-Robinson: +2 in 3 minutes of playing time.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Game 15, June 27th vs. Shock

Another come behind victory made more special as Sue Bird sat out almost the entire game.

Top Performers

NameFloor %eFG %TS %Points+/-
Jana Vesela70%100%100%4+4
Lauren Jackson51%56%63%24+18
Svetlana Abrosimova41%79%82%21+13

Top Storm Lineups

Wright-Abros-Vesela-Little-Jack: +18
Wright-Abros-Vesela-Will-Jack: +4

The Storm used 17 unique lineups including 6 new lineups in this game.

Game 14, June 25th vs. Fever

div>The first revenge gdiv>The first revenge game. The starters took over near the end of the 3rd quarter and never let up again.

Top Performers

NameFloor %eFG %TS %Points+/-
Lauren Jackson72%100%103%28-2
Tanisha Wright55%40%55%7+15
Swin Cash55%54%65%21+4

Top Storm Lineups

Bird-Wright-Cash-Little-Jackson : +10
Bird-Wright-Cash-Will-Rob: +9
The Storm used 8 unique lineups in this game.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

June 18th, vs. NY Liberty

This game came after the loss to the Fever and started a VERY long winning streak for the Storm.

Top Performers

NameFloor %eFG %TS %Points+/-
Jana Vesela68%75%87%5-3
Sue Bird58%60%66%22+10
Tanisha Wright57%75%80%18+2

Top Storm Lineups

Bird-Wright-Cash-Will.-Jackson : +4Bird-Wright-Abros.-Little-Jackson: +4
Bird-Abros.-Cash-Will.-Jackson: +3

The Storm used 12 unique lineups in this game including one new lineup. There were two lineups that fared particularly poorly.

Bird-Wright-Cash-Little-Jackson: -3
Wright-Abros.-Cash-Will.-Jackson: -3