Saturday, September 06, 2008

100%> 75% > 50%

In the Mystics' previous home game, against the Fever, Washington played well for the first two quarters. But 50% of a game isn't enough and they lost. Tonight at home against the Shock, the Mystics were competitive for the first three quarters. At the end of 3, the teams were tied at 58. Then the Shock shifted their game into overdrive, while the Mystics reverted to form (scoring only 11 points in the final period) and lost to Detroit, 69-84. We guess the moral of the story is that even 75% of a game, when facing a formidable opponent, isn't enough.

It certainly would be nice to see a complete game for a change, but despite Coach J-Law's best efforts, it didn't happen tonight. A complete game requires that all the players perform as expected. It's tough to win a ball game when your franchise player, Alana Beard, starts the game 0-9, not hitting a field goal until about 2 minutes left in the third period. Reserves Crystal Smith (12 pts) and Andrea Gardner (10 pts) helped carry the team during Alana's drought, but they could only carry the team so far. In the one-star system of the Mystics, when AB is that cold, it's not likely the Mystics will win, and they didn't tonight. (For the record, Alana finished with 14 points, second highest on the Mystics behind Mo Currie's 15, but a number of AB's baskets were scored after Detroit had put the game out of reach.)

As expected, Taj McWilliams-Franklin got an extremely warm welcome and a well-deserved round of applause when she was introduced. Taj proceeded to play an excellent game, and finished by leading all scorers with 21. We understand why she was traded and don't regret the acquisition of Tasha Humphrey, a promising rookie, but we sure do miss Taj!

And not that anyone, at this point, was expecting to see the Mystics play in the post-season this year, but until the loss tonight, the team still had not been mathematically eliminated. Well, tonight's loss took care of that.

At 10-20, the Mystics now have 4 games left to play purely for pride. They play their final home game next Sunday, September 14th, against the Lynx. It's Fan Appreciation Night. More than anything, besides the give-aways and entertainment, what these two fans -- the BasketCases -- would appreciate the most after seeing a paltry 6 wins in our first 16 home games is to see the Mystics play 100% of a game . . . a complete 40 minutes of basketball.

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Sunday Morning Update . . . The Washington Times didn't even send a reporter to the Phone Booth last night, and instead published the AP story.

4 Comments:

At 8:23 AM, Blogger Joey Nations said...

if the Mystics lose out, the 24 losses will equal the amout that Lang had in four years of college.

 
At 12:56 PM, Blogger mikej said...

PEACE! DC BasketCases, come on, don't give up. This is what sports are all about. We all want 100% game. I assure you: things will turn around for the Mystics. Think of the Red Sox. I assure you it is worth waiting for. I commend you for your long suffering patience. GO MYSTICS!

 
At 9:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, another season is drawing to a close. Sigh!! I think all those season ticket holders who have been to every game this season deserve a trip out to Sheila Johnson's Virginia estate for a huge picnic, entertainment by the team and management and t-shirts! Talk about endurance!! After 11 seasons of this (or close to it), my staunchest Mystics supporters are NOT renewing their season tickets. They'll come to see the games they want! I am crushed but will continue to get season tickets. But not two, only one!

Sandy R.

 
At 3:47 PM, Blogger mikej said...

PEACE! Sandy, you have surely had a rough 11 years. I wish it were different. I hope it will change. "Sigh!! I think all those season ticket holders who have been to every game this season deserve a trip out to Sheila Johnson's Virginia estate for a huge picnic, entertainment by the team and management and t-shirts! Talk about endurance!! After 11 seasons of this..." I hope it will change for the good, for the Mystics and for you and your fellow fans.

 

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