No Candace Parker for the Sparks. Given that we tend to struggle with size this has become a VERY winnable game.
Every game I've watched, the Fever foul the crap out of the other team and watch them have a free throw parade. Need to learn how to play defense without fouling.
Hopefully that second quarter was the "bad quarter" that we see every game.
No Parker? No problem.
The Fever just absolutely can not rebound or shoot. If the rebounding doesn't improve it doesn't matter what our seed will be. The playoffs look like they will be a short stay.
Doomed by missed free throws like the Chicago game. This time it hit us in the 4th. Two from January and one from Catch in crunch time. On to Seattle.
The Fever lost a LOT of shooting this offseason by letting Katie Douglas walk and trading Erin Phillips. I know Douglas is aging and can't play defense anymore but the Fever don't have the outside scoring to overcome rebounding difficulties.
We're actually third in the league in 3P%, while being first in OPP 3P%. Douglas is 36.6% from three this season. Phillips is at 39%. The Fever have three players shooting 39% or better from three, which is without counting Catch's 43.8% in her 8 games back so far. Christmas is at 41.3% and January is at 40.9%. Marissa Coleman, our free agent acquisiton to replace much of Douglas' role, is at 39% as well.
As for rebounding, if you look at team averages across the league, they usually break around even or a rebound or two in the plus, with the exception of outliers in San Antonio and Seattle; teams that regularly get outrebounded by 4+. The Fever are only slightly worse, differential-wise, than most teams in the league.
If there's an achilles heel on this team, it's their frustrating tendency to find ways to shoot themselves in the foot, with turnovers and missed free throws especially.
The Sparks outrebounded us 35-29 WITHOUT Parker. Unacceptable. The turnovers were the exact same (each team had 17), but we got killed in terms of fg% and gave up 14 offensive rebounds. Not to single her out completely, but Natasha Howard has to give us more than 1 defensive rebound in nearly 12 minutes of play. Larkins can not do it all herself.
How are the Fever losing at halftime when they're: A) playing the team with the worst record in the league, and B) +5 in turnover margin after forcing 13?
The west coast, man...
Big win. Only the third time the Fever have ever won in Seattle. Now 3-11 in Key Arena and 11-3 against them in BLF.
Also, Seattle has the longest active playoff appearance streak at 10 in a row. That will likely end this season. The Fever are right behind them with 9 straight.
Important win for the Fever to stay locked into the battle for 2nd with Washington. Great night for Dunn and Catchings history-wise, as well.
Two very tough games against a pissed off Phoenix team who just had their 16 game win streak broken and a surging Lynx team who just broke that streak and are starting to get healthy again.
Then the last five games are against Eastern Conference teams we're fighting for playoff position. Next Friday against Washington could have huge implications. Chicago won't be easy either with Delle Donne back, and three of the five are against Laimbeer's Liberty.
Good job fever. I wish I had a chance to see this game, but it was not to be. With the way we have been playing lately and losing games by shooting ourselves in the foot this was much needed.
The bad news is that even if we put it all together I don't think we are a GREAT team. The good news is that with the East being the way that it is we have as good of a shot as anyone of reaching the WNBA Finals.
We lost in Phoenix by 10 with Catchings going 0-10 from the field. In an odd way that is somewhat encouraging.
Just a thought: you're in a tight contest with the defending champs, you've had issues all season with excessive fouling and putting teams in the bonus early in quarters…it might be a good idea to not have a foul-magnet like Natasha Howard playing in the fourth quarter of a tie game, right?
Man, this one stings. We played as well as you'll see a team play against the Lynx. We dictated the tempo, and we had the Lynx playing our style. If you had told me we'd keep this game in the 60's, I'd have felt pretty good about our chances.
I'm still completely clueless as to Dunn's fascination with Clarendon.
Time to take care of business against these East teams.
A few years ago, Dunn issued a public apology after her team got embarrassed in its home opener.
If she wasn't retiring this year I wonder if she'd do something similar at the end of this season. The Fever haven't given the fans much to cheer about (5-10 at home).
The Fever get the 6th pick in next years draft. Looks like we were in a 4 way tie and somehow got the first of the four. I wonder if they did coin flips.
7. Los Angeles
9. San Antonio
I got the order from these two sites:
Girls played pretty well tonight. They did give a little scare at the end.
Briann January might be the most anti-clutch player I've ever seen. Up by 7 with 18 seconds left, she misses two free throws, then turns it over in the backcourt after a score, leading to a 3. Then she misses another free throw in the final seconds but a questionable foul on Washington ended the game.
A couple years ago when the Fever's season was on the line, she missed a wide open layup in the closing seconds before Zellous bailed her out by hitting the game-winner.
That is all.
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Looks like it'll be Atlanta in the ECF. I wanted Chicago, but they showed once again that they still aren't ready for the big stage.
So the argument against Catch being the best player to ever lace 'em up in the WNBA is usually about scoring.
Just wanted to mention that Tamika recently became the all-time leading playoff scorer (and rebounder), passing Lisa Leslie in both categories.
She was already the all-time playoff leader in steals and free throws.
We are so lucky to have had Tamika Catchings on our side. I'm just gonna leave this here: http://www.wnba.com/news/tamika_3rd_...014_07_31.html
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EDD with a performance for the ages. Simply remarkable. I pray that the basketball gods will be kind to her and keep these Lyme disease symptoms at bay. Chicago needs her. The game needs her. Absolute joy to watch.
It's also nice to see ABC picked up Game 2 of the Phoenix-Minny series.
Think of how much earlier she could have done it had injuries not cost her Finals appearances in '07 and '11. She might have even had another ring by this point.
And I stand corrected on the Sky. Glad to see them knock out the overrated Dream and complete their collapse. If the Fever aren't meant to reach the Finals again, Chicago deserves it a lot more than Atlanta.