Los Angeles forward DeLisha Milton-Jones is not exactly a favorite at KeyArena. A long-time member of the rival Sparks, Milton-Jones has battled Lauren Jackson and other Storm players for years. The experience has given Milton-Jones tremendous respect for Storm fans, as she wrote about today on her WNBA.com blog.
We have to silence the crowd from the jump. But the thing about Seattle’s crowd, they are faithful and they are fanatic and I mean that in the most positive way that I can put it. It’s a great atmosphere to play in; it’s electrifying, they’re intense, they’re up, they’re into it, they praise every play and that’s something that you see sometimes in Europe. In Europe they cheer everything, even if its just a deflection, the people are going crazy over that and that is kind of how the Seattle crowd is, they are really into every second of the game. It’s going to be to our benefit to make sure that they are silenced, or we do our part to make sure that they’re not a factor in giving their team momentum.
Read the whole thing. Milton-Jones also discusses Swin Cash’s key role, why she wasn’t surprised by Suzy Batkovic-Brown’s big Game 1 and more about the series.
Speaking of blogs, Sparks co-owner Kathy Goodman keeps one for the Los Angeles Times. Here’s what she had to say after Game 1.
We had already seen Atlanta let a double-digit lead slip away in the game played just before ours. But Atlanta was in its second season and L.A. had been here before. It might have been a little scary to watch Seattle get within third at the end of the third and beginning of the fourth, but as it turned out, that was as close to a lead as the Storm was going to get. Twelve of L.A.’s 16 fourth-quarter points were scored by Lisa Leslie and Tina Thompson. The 13-year veterans, with six rings between them, knew it was a must-win and knew what they had to do to ensure it happened.