The Storm looking to complete a perfect 4-0 season against the Monarchs tonight but will have to do it without Lauren Jackson. The news is good on LJ however as her achillies/flexor tendon injury does not appear to be serious and she has received positive evaluations from her doctors. She is day to day but there is a chance she could be ready for Sunday. (And really, aren’t we all day to day). The keys tonight for Seattle to get a much needed win and regain some momentum after back to back losses are three-fold. First, they must take care of the basketball. John Whisenant and his “white line” pressure defense is back which means traps will come anytime from anywhere. Second, Seattle must be unselfish with the basketball. They cannot let the ball stagnate on one side of the floor. Seattle is 7-1 when they have more assists than their opponent and only 1-5 when they dont! Finally, they must box out on the defensive glass. There is no better team in the WNBA at grabbing offensive boards than the Monarchs and they get a solid percentage of their points off those boards.
Sue Bird is only 3 points away from joining Pee Wee and Vickie Johnson as the only 3000 point, 1000 assist players in WNBA history, so look for that milestone to be achieved early tonight…likely in the 1st quarter. It’s time for Sue to start getting back to her usual offensive numbers. So far this year she is shooting only 41% from the field, 33% from 3pt land and 75% from the line, all career lows except a 40% FG shooting her rookie year.
I like the team’s vibe going into tonight, they had a good shootaround and they are ready to get back to their winning ways. Adia and i will talk to you tonight at 6:50, tip at 7:00 on 1150 KKNW!