Thursday, September 17, 2009

Who Let the Underdogs Out!

It's finally here! The Mystics' first post-season game since 2006!!!! You know the details: tonight, 7 PM, at Comcast Center, the 4th seeded-Mystics take on the top-seeded Indiana Fever, a team that swept Washington this season, 4-0.

If, like the BasketCases, you spend far too much some of your time reading WNBA message boards and following the "expert" prognosticators, it should come as no surprise that followers of women's basketball are predicting that Indy will prevail (most predicting a Fever sweep!) in this best-of-three playoff series. To say that the Mystics enter this round as underdogs is a major understatement.

So there's just one thing the Mystics need to do: show that these underdogs can bite!

Go Mystics! Beat the Fever!!

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Required reading . . . Both Katie Carrera in the Washington Post and Mike Fratto in the Washington Times are reporting BIG news this morning: Crystal Langhorne is expected to be named the WNBA's Most Improved Player tonight. This would be a well-deserved honor that comes as no surprise to those of us who have seen the added dimensions, consistency and solid performances from Lang this season. It's pretty obvious that Lang worked very hard in Europe this past winter to improve her game, and that hard work has paid off!

Thursday afternoon update: it's official, Lang is MIP!!!!!!

Congratulations, Crystal!

Other pre-game reading . . Katie has a pre-game story in the Post, here; Mike writes about new Mystics "catalyst" Lindsey Harding in the Times, here; and David Woods in the Indianapolis Star focuses (not surprisingly) on Katie Douglas's addition to the Fever, here.

Langhorne Photo Credit: DC BasketCases


At 1:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's great -- she went from "Most Disappointing Rookie" to "Most Improved"! Congratulations, Crystal!

Now, it's time to shine! I wish I could make it to the game tonight. I'm looking forward to hearing about it from the BasketCases.

At 2:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She was never disappointing in my book, I always knew what Crystal could bring to the team. She is most deserving of the MIP. also she was not in a good system her rookie year. Thanks Crystal for your hard work in the off season, you was a joy to watch this season. Now BEAT INDIANA!!!!!

At 4:25 PM, Anonymous Mystics/Duke fan(~rAf) said...

Without all Crystal's hard work to expand her game, she never would have had this kind of impact in this league. Her rookie year went exactly as I expected it to based on the skills exhibited in college.

But the point is that Crystal heard the WNBA critiques of her game and did everything she could to develop the skills needed to be successful in this league. In other words, she did EXACTLY what this award is honoring. There really were no others who did what she did. She was clearly the best choice for this award. Call this Mystics/Duke fan HAPPY and IMPRESSED.

At 9:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the Rebounders are proud of you Crystal!!


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