I’m torn trying to figure out tonight’s game. While the point differential of the L.A. game was surprising, if we are honest with ourselves the outcome wasn’t. Every team is going to lose at least nine or 10 games no matter how good they are and coming off a big win over L.A. Friday night, Sunday night was a trap game.
The question is … is tonight another one? There are two sides of the argument. The optimist would say that LA.’.s pounding of the Storm will not be repeated tonight because Seattle is far too good a team to lay an egg two games in a row. LJ had only nine points and is liable to bust out for 30 after that performance. The pessimist would say that Phoenix is angry about losing to Seattle ten days ago. Couple that with their embarrassing 29-point loss to Minnesota last game and the Mercury will be looking to take their frustrations out on Seattle tonight. Diana Taurasi also was held under 10 points on 2-of-15 from the field and she is ALSO liable to hit for 30 tonight.
So am I an optimist or a pessimist? I’m going to try to be a realist. Seattle is a better team than Phoenix in my opinion, and it all comes down to how much fire Seattle has and how well they control the tempo of the game. If the Storm comes out with its normal fire and plays a half-court execution game, they win a game in the 80s. If Seattle doesn’t have the usual juice and lets Phoenix control the tempo, the Mercury will score 90-plus. When that happens, Phoenix is 5-0 and will likely go to 6-0.
Should be a great game! Tip at 7:00 p.m. on 1150-AM KKNW. Talk to you then!