Wednesday, May 30, 2007

0 and 4. Somewhere in between the more than 70 free throws shot tonight by the Mystics and the Shock (not to mention the additional attempts due to lane violations), there was a basketball game going on . . . and a very ugly one at that. The Mystics, playing on the road in Detroit, came up short against the defending WNBA Champions, 94-79. From a spectator's perspective, unless you are a Shock fan, there was nothing much fun about watching this game.

However, with all the rough play, fouls, turnovers, and several technicals, the most classless moment of the game came as time was expiring . . . that's when the Shock's Ivory Latta (formerly of UNC), with only a microsecond remaining in the game, and her team up by 12, instead of dribbling out the clock, launched -- and hit -- a three point shot. ACC fans have seen this before from Latta . . . some people never change.

Unfortunately, the Mystics set a new (and very much unwanted) franchise record tonight by starting the season with four straight losses. Hopefully, Friday's game (at the Phone Booth) against the Chicago Sky (including Chasity Melvin) will end the streak.


At 5:39 AM, Anonymous Stewart said...

That is typical Ivory Latta. No wonder Laimbeer likes her so much. But, what goes around comes around. This team is way too talented to be 0-4. What is going on?

At 9:42 AM, Anonymous KCH said...

So what did you think about Currie? I thought she looked pretty good.

And James? Really, I never thought we'd see that kind of performance out of her. She was very impressive.

Crystal on the IL. That's a start, I think.

Now on to Richie . . . that's a tough one. On the one hand, his substitutions are awful and he appears disinterested on the bench. On the other hand, another coaching change just seems too much to take!

I'm concerned about attendance though. I hope they start turning things around on Friday and get some good press just before school lets out.

At 11:03 AM, Anonymous Stewart said...

Is Laurie Koehn in the doghouse? She didn't play last night and I've seen her playing time decrease since the start of the season when she was benched the entire second half for the opener. I thought her play had improved.

Meantime, if we lose Friday, I hate to say it, but I'd be surprised if heads didn't roll because of it. I'm not calling for it. I'm just saying.

At 1:06 PM, Anonymous Robbyn said...

I agree - the last thing we need is a coaching change. That would ensure an even more dismal performance for the rest of the season.

I'm convinced the overseas play has taken its toll in. Some come back jazzed and ready, some come back exhausted and mentally not in the game. I think the Mystics are taking a while to gel because of that.

Friday at home against Chicago...if ever there was a perfect set-up for a first win of the season, this is it.

p.s. Latta and Laimbeer are cut from the same cloth and I dislike them with equal enthusiasm.

At 3:47 PM, Anonymous Stewart said...

I hope that's all it is, Robbyn. But, things are getting desparate and the season is starting to slip away. Pretty soon, unless things turn around Friday, the bickering and finger-pointer will start.

Now, having said all that about overseas commitments, maybe the WNBA could move its season later so that you don't have this problem?

At 7:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are your thoughts of Crystal Robinson retiring?

At 7:58 PM, Anonymous Stewart said...

Will her retirement leave us room under the salary cap to sign another post player? I think it's great she'll be on the coaching staff.

At 10:44 PM, Anonymous Michael said...

Listening to the game on the radio, it sounded like Mosby also played pretty well. I think she and James both deserve props for helping us stay in that game as long as we did. ;)


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