Recapping the fantastic finish in the Storm’s victory over Atlanta in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals.
Sue Bird lifts Storm in WNBA Finals opener – Jayda Evans, Seattle Times
Nearly 18 seconds ticked off the clock late in the fourth quarter with the score tied. Bird just watched as she dribbled the ball with 15,084 fans roaring inside KeyArena.
Then she attacked, as she did in AAU, high school, college and now the WNBA Finals against Atlanta, lulling Dream guard Armintie Price into a trap behind three-time MVP Lauren Jackson. It was enough to break the Storm point guard free for an 18-footer with 2.6 seconds remaining that gave Seattle a 79-77 victory in Game 1.
Sue Bird has turned into Ms. September for the Storm – Steve Kelley, Seattle Times
This is when Sue Bird wants and expects the basketball. This is when the game, sometimes even the season, belongs to her. This is when she separates herself from most of the rest of the players in her league.
So in a tie game, with 20.4 seconds left in the first of the best-of-five WNBA Finals against Atlanta on Sunday, Storm coach Brian Agler did what any smart coach would do. He put the ball in Bird’s hands and asked her, as so many of her coaches before him have done, to win a crucial basketball game.
Virtual replay: Bird jumper gives Storm season opener – Mike Allende, The News Tribune