Discussion in 'Phoenix Mercury and Other Arizona Sports' started by Ronin, Apr 24, 2018.
Well this season has that circling the drain feeling.
Bryce Marsee@brycemarsee 11h11 hours ago
.@brittneygriner, @DianaTaurasi and DeWanna Bonner combined to score 82 points tonight, the 2nd-most points in a game by a trio in a non-overtime game. 83 is the most, which has been done twice, per @EliasSports.
It seems like we need heroic efforts to win by a couple players. Our defense needs to really improve like tons!
Our defense sucks! I love our coach, BUT we have a major presence in the middle, and our defense is very porous. Should be "easy" to fix our D.
As I've mentioned, our presence in the middle, Brittney Griner, has been consistently inconsistent and continues to commit careless fouls. And we lost our starting Power Forward who could take pressure off her. I don't believe that will be easy to fix.
This could have been the Mercury's year. With Dianna and DeWanna getting older, there isn't too much time left before rebuilding.
There's a back up center on their roster, who I would like to see them try at PF, Brondell doesn't seem that interested in varying the formula.
If we had solid backups at Center and Power Forward, that would be a plan. Unfortunately, we don't, especially to compete during the stretch run.
If Griner were consistent, it wouldn't be an issue . . . but she's not! With all due respect to Brittney, I think the problem is that she does not/is not able to use her size wisely. She is the tallest Center in the WNBA, but not the best.
The Mercury leading the Fever 59-35 in the 3rd and in control the whole game. Griner and Bonner rebounding and the scoring spread around. And the starters going to the bench in the 3rd.
Right now, they will be in an elimination game on the road to start the playoffs, but they could move up.
And the Mercury win 94-74 with all but one starter resting through the 4th quarter. Every member of the team scored tonight.
Fun to watch, following the losing streak.
The Mighty Mercury hosted the L.A. Sparks today in their final regular season televised game on ESPN2. We won 86-78.
It was 41-34 Mercury at the half, led by DeWanna and a 16-4 run. DB leading the Merc in scoring, Diana in assists and Brittney in boards. And they're playing good defense. Candace Parker doing just about all of the scoring for L.A. Phoenix has yet to lose a game this season after leading at the half.
The Mercury were up by 13 after three quarters with DeWanna making a half court shot. Then she hit another three to start the 4th quarter. And an "and 1" by Taurasi for a 19 point lead.
Bonner finished with a season high 31 points as well as 8 rebounds. Taurasi had 20 points and a career high 14 assists. Griner had 20 points and 11 rebounds. L.A.'s Candace Parker finished with 23 points, most of them in the 1st quarter.
The Mercury jumped over Minnesota in the standings in their quest to have only one, not two, single elimination games and a home court advantage in the first playoff game.
I love beating LA teams
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