Wednesday, August 26, 2009

We Woke This Morning to the news that Senator Ted Kennedy had died. We also woke to the news that the Mystics had lost. We can tell you that one bit of news upset us far more than the other . . . and the far more important news -- the one that depressed us the most -- had nothing to do with a game or a round ball.

Rest in Peace, Ted.

But since this is a Mystics blog, let's talk briefly about the game. Washington heads home today from its 4-game West Coast swing with a losing record (1-3). Last night in Seattle, the Mystics were soundly beaten by the Storm, 68-78.

The Storm went on an early 31-9 run, leaving the Mystics with a deep deficit from which they never recovered. It's not a good sign when, in the words of Seattle Times reporter Jayda Evans, your competitor can begin resting its starters "midway through the third quarter."

About the only positive thing we can see from the box score is that both Mystics wings had decent outings. Marissa came off the bench to score 13 points. (Let's hope that she is finally emerging from her slump.) And Mo also finished with 13 points. Unfortunately, no other Washington player was in double figures.

The box score is here, the brief AP report (with yet another factual error . . . who writes this stuff?) is here, and Jayda Evans's game story in the Seattle Times is here.

The Mystics return home with a record of 13-15, still clinging precariously to a tie for 4th place in the East, since the Sky also lost last night (to the Sparks). However, Chicago is hardly Washington's only problem, as the Mystics are getting squeezed from behind by the Detroit Shock, who beat the Sun last night and are now in a virtual deadlock with Washington and Chicago in the standings.

Fortunately, the Mystics now have several days of home cooking and sleeping in their own beds before they host the Lynx on Sunday. Maybe that will help them shake off the ill effects of this less-than-successful road trip. If Washington can regroup and begin posting some wins, they are still very much in playoff contention. But they need to take care of business -- particularly at home. What they cannot afford to do now is look for help from or worry about what other teams are doing. The great Satchel Paige may have put it best: "Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you."


At 7:55 AM, Anonymous Stewart said...

Rest in peace, Senator Kennedy. Mystics, we're still behind you for this stretch run! See you Sunday!

At 8:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What in the world is happening with Alana? Is she in a slump or is she injured? We will not win games with her scoring 4 and 5 points.


At 9:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Free Toliver!

At 10:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marissa is back in business!!

At 11:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alana must be in a slump. Mystics won't win without her scoring. They just don't have enough people who consistently score can score big points. Glad to see Marissa played well. She is such a great player and I loved the emotion she played with at MD. I hope we see it with the Mystics. I wish they would just start her. Of course, I am biased because....she is my favorite player.

At 9:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

great to see Marissa played well! GO STYX!!! We ARE goin' to the playoffs!! :o)

Mo Brown

At 10:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a native Mass. person, I grew up watching all the Kennedys. Rest in peace Senator Teddy and my condolences to the family.

One story I read said Alana left the game in the 3rd quarter with some sort of ankle injury...don't know if she returned. Obviously hadn't done much when she left, but did she play again?

At 6:30 AM, Blogger BasketCases said...

According to the Washington Post blog, Alana's ankle will be evaluated on Friday; Coach Plank does not expect her to miss any games.

-- BC


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