Monday, June 30, 2008

49 Points? Inexcusable!

The BasketCases confess that we bailed on last night's Mystics' game against Seattle at halftime, after listening to 20 minutes of dull, sloppy, ugly basketball in which Washington could only manage to score 12 points in each of the first two quarters. The team in fact went scoreless for nearly the final five minutes of the first period. Tree played everyone who was suited up, to no avail. Players seemed to be coming in and out of the game almost every minute, making us wonder what (if any) the game plan was. At the end of the first 20 minutes, Alana Beard was the only one who came even close to getting the job done, accounting for 10 of the Mystics' 24 points. It was an hour of our lives we can never get back.

Judging from the box score and news reports, the second half was more of the same, as the Mystics came out of the locker room after the break to score a blistering 13 points in the third quarter and 12 in the fourth, losing to the Storm 64-49. With only 64 points, it's not as though Seattle brought its "A" game offensively, but four of Seattle's starters did finish in double figures, and the fifth, the aging Yolanda Griffith, was close with 9. Among the Mystics, however, only AB broke into double digits, with 16 points (but hitting only 6 of 17), and the most anyone else scored was 7 by Mama Taj. The Mystics, who never led in the game, committed 20 turnovers (including a game-high 6 by Alana), managed a mere 8 assisted baskets, shot a paltry 33.9% from the field and an even more pathetic 25% (3 of 12) from behind the arc.

It is just inexcusable for a professional basketball team to play so badly.


At 6:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, I have to agree. I hate staff transition, but I think it's become time to break out the chainsaw. It may set us back to square one, but it seems that square one is further down the road than we are currently.

(Throwing in more imagery, this whole season has seemed like a game of Chutes and Ladders with more Chutes than Ladders.)

At 7:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's just embarrassing. I can take losing to one of the league's most elite teams that's not too far removed from its last WNBA title. But, to just not show? Where's the pride? Where's the professionalism? I used to look forward to Mystics games. Now, I wonder if this team is trying anymore.

At 9:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tree is lost. Linda is incompetent. I don't think Alana is selfish, but she is trying to do it all herself and can't do it.

Dr. J, where are you? Ted, how long are you going to let these people run this franchise into the ground?

At 4:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have never seen the Basketcases in such despair! Wow! Usually you guys try to find a bright side. The Mystics experience this year, including in the arena, has been unusually listess. From the owner on down. Half-time lacks excitement - the only new fun ideas are the video clips of the players answering questions about each other. I'm still laughing about Nakia's description of Alana dancing. But if that's the highlight of the season, we're all in trouble??

Not good folks!

At 5:54 PM, Blogger BasketCases said...

"I have never seen the Basketcases in such despair! Wow! Usually you guys try to find a bright side."

Thank you -- we DO usually try to find a bright side. In fact, we've even gotten complaining emails from some readers that we've been TOO upbeat about the Mystics. But last night's game even made our frustration boil over.

Obviously, we hope the team can turn things around, starting with tomorrow's game in Sacramento. :-)

-- BC

At 11:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bright side (not to the game, just a smile maker in general):


Sorry my girls had to beat yas like that, they're just lucky really, that LJ didn't play all that good - it coulda been worse :S

At 8:07 AM, Blogger BasketCases said...

thanks, aa! love the shay photos! :-)

as you may have noticed, we added your link to our post above. thanks, again.



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