Phoenix Mercury 2019 thread

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    January gets tossed to the ground, no call but then foul called on Sophie. Freaking bullcrap!
     
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    With 1:10 left, the Mercury cut the Storm's lead down to 6. Bonner with 30 points so far.

    Only she and Griner have scored in the 4th quarter for the Mercury. Not good!
     
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    And Seattle wins 77-68. An uphill fight for the Mercury since the first quarter.

    Their backcourt outscores the Phoenix backcourt something like 36-9.
     
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    Brittney Griner with 18 points and 8 rebounds.

    Seattle's Howard with 21 points and 16 rebounds.

    We've been hoping for Griner to dominate opposing
    bigs for years and it hasn't happened.

    Bonner had as many rebounds as Griner.

    Our next game is against Las Vegas. With Liz
    Cambage now their Center, they will destroy us.

    And the Aces are favorites to win it all.

    It is going to be a rough half season until Taurasi
    returns.
     
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    Three bench points and one assist today, all from Smith. That is going to wear thin! Although the bench did provide nine rebounds. Each of
    the starters had a minus. Bonner had all of our free throw attempts and shot 8-for-8.

    The announcers talked about Griner being in contention for MVP this season. Not a chance. If anyone gets votes, it will be Bonner. In this
    game, she led in points and 3-point shots made and tied in assists and rebounds, and was the only one to get to the free throw line.
     
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    For you Suns fans also visiting the Mercury board, I hope that
    DeAndre Ayton doesn't end up to be the same type of Center
    that Brittney Griner is -- stats, but not a difference maker.

    And not able to take advantage of her advantages on offense
    in the post.
     
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    Don't underestimate Lyttle not playting. We are a different team with her. We need to stay as high in the standings as possible until Diana gets back! This team needs to learn how to win without her, so she is the difference maker in the playoffs!
     
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    The Mercury got off to a good start vs. Las Vegas, but it is down to a 2-point game
    at the end of the 1st quarter.

    Liz Cambage is getting involved with her new team. Brittney Griner is no match for
    her. Look out, Mercury.
     
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    Cambage not playing a lot in her first game with Las Vegas,
    following her injury. She lost a lot of weight and slimmed down.

    Their bench is outscoring their starters. Our bench had none.

    The Mercury, to their credit, cut it to a 1-point game at the half.

    January with three key 3-pointers.
     
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    Carson is my new fave player. She hit some big shots and played gritty D (particularly her weak side D). We needed this win.
     
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    Great crowd here tonight, too. I love bitching at the refs
     
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    What a team effort by the Mercury starters and a 2-point victory over Las Vegas. All five starters in double digit scoring.

    Bonner with a double-double in points and rebounds (led the team) and great defense.

    Turner with a double-double in points and assists. January 5-for-5 in 3-pointers.

    Carson led with 20 points and was 3-for-5 in 3-pointers.

    The starters had to carry the load. Only two bench points for the Mercury.

    And Diana Taurasi very active . . . in street clothes, recuperating from her back surgery.
    She is hoping to be back some time in June ahead of schedule.

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    That was my first Mercury game! Really fun. My son has been to all the major sporting events in the Valley, and he commented the Mercury games are better attended and mor fun than the Suns games he want to last year! We both commented how the Mercury played like the Suns. They ignored Griner during the middle of the game just like the Suns forgot about Ayton. They benched Bonner at key points just like Igor would sit Booker at odd times. Speaking of Booker, he was courtside at the game for about a half, secong through third quarter.
     
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    Good comparisons, both the good and bad. It seems that Sarver has not tried to micro-manage the Mercury (as if Annie
    would have taken it) and that Sandy Brondello is a much better Head Coach than any the Suns have hired in a long time.

    I recently posted that Brittney Griner puts up points but does not affect the outcome of games and is not the Merc's
    top rebounder. DeWanna Bonner is, as you saw at the Aces game, where she doubled Brittney's total.

    And that Ayton has started out the same as far as not affecting the outcome of games.

    Mercury games are fun! They really get the crowd into it. And you can get better seats at a lower cost. And the
    fans, no matter whom you are sitting next to, tend to be more congenial.

     
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    Mercury vs Fever on fox sports go right now. Mercury in total control this game.
     

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