Friday, June 20, 2008

A Tale of Two Halves.

The first half of the Mystics' game against the Dream tonight was a forgettable 20 minutes of sloppy basketball. At the break, the teams had a combined total of 45 points (Dream 23, Mystics 22), 28 turnovers (Mystics 15, Dream 13) and 23 personal fouls (Mystics 12, Dream 11).

Fortunately, the second half was a different story altogether. The Mystics scored 50 points, largely due to impressive second-half performances by Alana Beard and Mo Currie. AB, who sat out much of the first half in foul trouble, scored all 18 of her points in the second half, while Mo added 13 points in that half, to finish with 17 total. Atlanta hung around for most of the second half, but faded down the stretch, losing for the 12th time in 12 games, 72-61. The Mystics are now 5-7 and on a 3-game winning streak.

On Tuesday, when The Diana and the rest of the hi-octane Phoenix Mercury come to town, the Mystics will need every bit of the offense they showed in the second half tonight if they want to extend their streak to 4. The run-and-gun Merc are not known for their defense, and dare teams to beat them by outscoring them. (Hey, Maryland fans . . . sound familiar?) Earlier this season, when Phoenix hosted the Mystics, the Merc prevailed, 98-93. Let's hope the outcome will be different when Washington has the home court advantage!

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The Charm Factor. . . Two Bunnies

The Anthem tonight was just fine, but nothing special; half-time scored a big ZERO. . . a single mini-tramp slam-dunk by the (world's ugliest) mascot, Lucky, and a game of musical chairs earn zero Charms. It almost looked like we were headed towards a one bunny night, but two things changed the rating -- for the better. First, the Mystics ran a new timeout video in which the players picked which teammate would win on Dancing With the Stars. Kia's take on AB's dance skills (or, to be honest, lack thereof) was very funny. The whole video was great. And then the crowd was treated to a Phone Booth first (as far as we know): a woman proposing to her boyfriend . . . right up there for all to see on the Megatron (Way to go, girl! That takes guts!) . . . for the record, he accepted.


At 6:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was my first game of the year (work gets in the way of life this year). I sat up in the cold and dark section 202. At least dark until the 4th quarter when someone accidently turned on the the lights for a few minutes.

I was unimpressed by the fan experience. The manual TShirt toss had no hope of reaching us. They jammed two sponsor events into one time out because of some slipup. The new center screen was very impressive, almost better than watching live at times.

The game was less than exciting. CoCo's arrival from the bench and immediate 4 points was a welcome spark in the first quarter. But even she lost her effectiveness soon.

I sat in the $18 seats. Gosh, I wonder how where in the world are the $10 seats. It is hard to envision anything worse than our location.

Next time I will have to spring for better seats (and skip the conce$$ion$) and hope the fan experience improves.

At 2:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the story with y'alls radio guy? This is the second time I've had to listen to him. Is he crazy?

At 3:41 PM, Blogger BasketCases said...

We don't think Frank is "crazy," but his constant use of the phrase "woman to woman" defense makes US crazy. (We were at the game; did he have to leave for a bathroom break again?)

-- BC

At 8:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL...yes I was laughing throughout the broadcast with regards to the "woman to woman" least I had something to laugh at.

He seemed to stay at the mike for the whole game, but I did miss a good part of the first two quarters putting my son to bed. I think he did smack the microphone at least once though and seemed to startle himself :)


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