Last night, the 2-6 Washington Mystics arrived at US Airways Arena, home to the 2-7 Phoenix Mercury . . . for a “battle” between two teams that have experienced pretty dismal starts to their seasons. The Merc, at least, have a good excuse for their lop-sided losing record. First, they lost All-Star Penny Taylor to injury even before the season began. Then, two games into the 2012 regular season, All-World Diana Taurasi was sidelined with a hip injury. Last night, the Merc were even more depleted, as both Candice Dupree and Nakia Sanford joined Penny and Dee on the bench -- in street clothes -- nursing their own injuries. That left the Merc with just 8 players; for all intents and purposes, the Mystics were playing DeWanna Bonner and the Phoenix bench.
Yet, even against that lineup, somehow the Mystics still lost. Up by 3 points at the start of the 4th quarter, and leading by 5 with 2:26 left in the game, the Mystics could not hold onto the lead. Once again, they could not finish
, and the Merc won, 80-77 -- handing the Mystics their 13th consecutive loss on the road. Phoenix rookie Samantha Prahalis
scored 7 points in the final two minutes and 2 seconds.
The BCs simply DO NOT BELIEVE that Crystal Langhorne, Monique Currie, Matee Ajavon, and their teammates do not have the talent or the desire to beat the Phoenix Mercury bench. Nope, WE AREN’T BUYING IT. It’s one thing to get blown out, on the road, by L.A. -- a team stocked with some pretty talented players. But losing to the Mercury bench? Uh-uh, something is very wrong here.
We’ve been to a couple of games this season. We’ve seen for ourselves that there’s still a small, but hardcore, group of fans who, unlike the BCs, are living and dying over the Mystics. We feel for them. We really do. We’ve read their comments on the Mystics’ Facebook page. And they are suffering. Undoubtedly, the players are suffering, too.
These fans love the Mystics. They deserve better. These Mystics players are trying . . . they deserve better. The city deserves better. The WNBA deserves better.
No player letters to the Coach will solve this problem. No player detentions, or writing “I must try harder” a hundred times on the White Board, will solve this problem. The buck -- and any chance of solving this problem -- stops, not with the players, but up the food chain . . . with the Mystics’ front office.