- Play a staunch defense. Detroit is 1-3 when scoring less than 70 points. Limiting points is always a great way to win a game, but Detroit relies upon its strong cast to build on each other. Cut their momentum at the knees and keep the game neat and simple.
- Take solid shots. Putting a bad ball in the air for a Detroit rebound gives the Shock a chance to go into their system and eats up at least 24 seconds from the clock.
- Play the bench. Excluding Kraayeveld and Christon, the last time the Libs played Detroit, our starters and top line were, despite being ineffective, left in for too long. With Thorn out and a number of the corps playing strong, that shouldn’t be a problem this game.
For a more “detailed” and “serious” game day preview, look at this one from USA Today.
The Palace of Auburn Hills
Take your Horseless Carriage and Rock it, Baby!
KEYS TO A NEW YORK VICTORY
- Keep the Monarchs scrambling. Sacramento is going to try to disrupt lanes and shift momentum, but by making choice, if not necessarily strategic, passes, it will force them to move into another position… and then the strike.
- Hit from the Arc. Sacramento has a strong line on outside defense, but it can be cracked. The Liberty have to regain their early season form in shooting 3-pointers.
- Take more shots. Sacramento is not particularly dominant on offense or rebounds (though they’re tied for third in the league, they’re over the 7th spot by only 2 rebounds), and one or two wayward shots will not hurt. We didn’t take nearly enough shots last time, anyway.
And then it's Monday! Hopefully we'll be 2-0. Keep working it, Libs. I know you can do it.
Fever 57, Sparks 56
Monarchs @ Lynx
Storm @ Comets
Sun @ Mercury
The Storm, sans Sue Bird, are starting on a three-game road trip in Houston. Houston has been playing MUCH better than they started off (although they couldn’t do much worse than their 0-10 start). The Storm, however, are 4-1 in their last five, but tellingly, their only loss in that span came against… the Comets. Expect another hard-fought battle, with Houston desperate to pick up some space in the standings and the Storm just as frantic to maintain their position. It’s going to be tough, but I think the Storm can pull it off. Storm by 5.
The ancient battle of the Sun versus Mercury continues, as the Solar System Smackdown busts into Phoenix. The Mercs’ run-and-gun offense has been helter-skelter since day one, picking up wins against some major opponents, but also dropping some against . Taurasi is back from her suspension, but Penny Taylor has been the Killer Whale of the Mercs in that span, averaging 25.6 points in 4 games. The Sun just aren’t getting it done this season, and despite coming off of a massive upset over Indiana, haven’t been consistent at all, going 3-8 since beating Phoenix at the beginning of the season. Expect the Phoenix to trash through the Connecticut’s sweet-and-sour system. Mercury by 9.
WNBA Q&A, including one question involving the Chicago Sky. Nobody is talking about the Liberty’s “success” this year now that they’re 3-7 in their last ten, but although the Sky have the same record and, like the Libs, are recovering from an awful season, they’re everybody’s darling.
As for me? That’s it. I’m heading to State College for my brother’s 21st birthday. As such, even if I could update tomorrow, I may be so hungover that I won’t be able to anything other than vomit and moan.
See ya, Space Cowboy…