Sunday, August 08, 2010

Due to circumstances entirely outside our control (otherwise known as Live Access "technical difficulties"), we were not able to see most of the Mystics' game this evening against the Connecticut Sun, and neither was anyone else (except, of course, the folks up at the Reservation). And by the time Live Access was working, we were off at a family dinner. We returned home to learn that the Mystics had lost a critical game, 67-76, to the team breathing down their necks in the fight for the last playoff spot in the East.

For a summary of today's game, see the AP story, here. More here and here. Perhaps folks who saw what could be seen of the game can explain the enormous disparity in free throws taken (29 for the Sun, a mere 6 for the Mystics).

With six games remaining in the regular season, the Mystics are now 16-12. They are in 4th place in the East, only 2 games ahead of Connecticut. They face the Sun again on Tuesday, at 7pm in the Phone Booth. A win on Tuesday will go a long way in keeping the Mystics' playoff hopes alive (not to mention what once looked like a sure fire winning season). In fact, it's pretty much the proverbial "must win" game.

Go Mystics! Beat the Sun!


At 9:54 PM, Anonymous Elsa4Sound said...

Well that was horrible, what we got to see of it. Live access was down for much of the game. Unfortunately for most of the 1st half, fortunately for the 2nd.
We did get to watch it change from a tied game to down by 14 or so. We really need to beat them on Tuesday!!

At 12:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are having a hard time scoring again. Times like these and you miss Alana very much. We must win on tuesday. Go mystics!

At 3:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the disparity in FT taken can be explained by the play of Charles under the basket. She had 7 blocks fairly early in the game (like at the start of third) that made the Mystics attack from distance more than they would have liked it.

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

As much as I tend to complain about the refs, the foul shooting disparity was mostly (Katie Smith getting creamed on one layup with no call excluded) because of our lack of taking it to the rim. On several occaisions Mystics player drove the lane, was right at rim, and passed to player spotting up at 3 point line. (or in one unfortunate case, CM passes to nobody for a backcourt violation)

Tina Charles "fear factor" was there. Very similar to our loss to ChiSky with big Syl. Yes, they are impossing presence in the lane, but if you take it right to body (vs falling/twisting away and putting up crazy arc) STRONG, you put pressure on ref to call foul with the body. Go in half-hearted and Big T/Big Syl will swat it above. Need to get into the body to get the call!

My 2cents.. by the end of the game (4th Q) we became very predictable on Offense, very slow on Defense (i.e., 3rd quarter ending 5 point give away in last few seconds), settled for outside shots that didn't fall.

Regroup and get back on course.

Susan a.k.a. "basketball head"

At 5:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. That's is the issue we have sometimes. We settle for that outside shot. That's one area I hope marissa works on for next year. Mo has improved and it's made her a better player. Marissa will need to work on this in order to become a better scorer. Get fouled go to the line and make free throws. It's what all the star guards and forwards to in the league.


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