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    Quote Originally Posted by ZagDad84 View Post
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    This.

    Prior to tonight, NY's highest scoring game was 85 points and their average scoring per game was 72+ ppg and the Sky let them score 101???

    Without a doubt Chicago missed Stevens inside and Deshields all over the court, but you simply can't play on one side of the ball.

    Sloot had a decent game with 15 points (4-12 shooting - Ouch), 4 rebounds, 9 assists, and only one turnover.

    Pretty disappointing effort overall by the Sky tonight.

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    Did you see how it ended? Dolson tied the game w/ a 3, but committed a foul w/ .3 seconds left. Late close out, jumped into the ball handler rather than going straight up. Pretty obvious foul, had to call it. Really bad decision defensively.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seacatfan View Post
    Did you see how it ended? Dolson tied the game w/ a 3, but committed a foul w/ .3 seconds left. Late close out, jumped into the ball handler rather than going straight up. Pretty obvious foul, had to call it. Really bad decision defensively.
    Yeah, I saw it. Dolson is a decent shooter and sets great screens but she is a horrible defender. She is slow of feet, gets beat off the dribble easily and does not seem to have the heart of a defender. That is why the loss of Stevens really hurts the Sky, because they have limited presence inside the key without her in the middle. Even DeShields plays better in the key than Dolson. I think Hebert will get much better, but being a rookie, she gets suckered too many times and misses some switches.

    Seattle looked better tonight. Only took a quarter to get moving. Played pretty good defense tonight. Had some lapses, but overall not too bad a game.

    The Dallas Wings played very well tonight. They either tied or beat the Las Vegas Aces in 3 of the 4 quarters. That darned 2nd quarter where Las Vegas outscored the Wings by 10 did them in.

    Some interesting games tomorrow:

    Washington Mystics vs Atlanta Dream @ 4:00 PM PST on ESPN2. A total lack of interest game out West made interesting by Chennedy Carter who LA is scheduled to be back.
    LA Sparks vs Minnesota Lynx @ 5:00 PM PST on CBS Sports Network. Can the Sparks keep pace with the Storm & Aces? Can the Lynx fight out of this losing streak they are on?
    Connecticut Sun vs Phoenix Mercury @ 7:00 PM on CBS Sports Network. Teams are 6th and 7th in the standings. Only the top 8 make the playoffs.

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    All games today cancelled/postponed due to protesting.

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    WNBA games back on tonight. Same schedule as were originally on Wednesday except Washington vs Atlanta is not on ESPN2.

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    Hey SeaCat.

    Here are the Swish Appeals thoughts on Rookie of the Year:

    Swish Appeal Roundtable: Lynx impress, Storm make strongest title case and season awards all over the place
    The Swish Appeal Roundtable convened to discuss the pleasant surprises and mild disappointments of the 2020 WNBA season thus far. A roundtable wouldn’t be complete without some predictions too.
    By Tamryn Spruill, Cat Ariail, Eric Nemchock, Zack Ward, JimSavell, and Jasmine Baker
    Aug 20, 2020, 4:00pm EDT

    With the 2020 WNBA season at the halfway mark — that’s right, a compressed schedule of 22 games means the playoffs will be here before you can say PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE — the Swish Appeal squad gathered around the proverbial roundtable to discuss the unprecedented pandemic-induced wubble season at its midway point, and where we think things are heading the rest of the way. In the season of Breanna Stewart’s and Sue Bird’s returns for the Seattle Storm, the defending champion Washington Mystics struggling behind a depleted lineup absent 2019 MVP Elena Delle Donne, Tina Charles and Natasha Cloud, and a fizzling of excitement for the 1-10 New York Liberty while Sabrina Ionescu (ankle) is sidelined, storylines abound.

    If the season awards were announced today ...

    ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
    Eric: Chennedy Carter. She’s missed a few games due to injury now and I understand if that’s your argument for someone else winning this award, but during her time on the court she was already one of the most valuable players to their respective teams in the league. Carter is an elite pick-and-roll player who can dish it as well as she scores it, and without her the Dream seem lost on offense; she makes everyone else around her better and, as evidenced by her 35-point outburst against Seattle, has no issue calling her own number when needed.

    Cat: Like Carolyn Peck, I am stanning for my fellow middle Tennessean. Crystal Dangerfield is the only rookie to combine some spectacular performances with consistent contributions to a winning team. While her 29-point game against the Sparks was exciting, showing her scoring upside, that she has been a steady steward for a playoff team (as a second-round pick!) has been more impressive.

    Zachary: Satou Sabally. With Chennedy Carter likely to miss six games or more this season, Sabally, who is also dealing with an injury but should be back soon, has the slight edge. Her 17-rebound performance on July 31 was impressive and she is averaging a solid 11.7 points per game as well. She has been taking less threes than she did in college, though part of that is due to a poor percentage, and is really showing how good she could be as a 4 in the WNBA, not just a 3.

    Jim: Crystal Dangerfield is the pick here. A good number of people saw Dangerfield as the steal of the draft and she is proving those people right. Dangerfield has failed to meet double-digit scoring in just two games and has proven to be able to get her teammates involved as she six straight games with four assists. The knock on her is turnovers which I would expect to improve over time.

    Jasmine: The Unicorn aka Satou Sabally has been impressive with the Dallas Wings. What she brings to the young squad shows promise if she opts to stay with the team after her rookie contract. After the departure of Skylar Diggins-Smith the Wings looked to Arike Ogunbowale to be the face of the franchise but Sabally rookie campaign has her on the way to make a case despite being sidelined with a back injury.
    If you want to see all of the Swish Appeal's opinions on the Wubble and the remaining awards, you got to go here: https://www.swishappeal.com/wnba/202...ercury-mystics

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    Thanks ZagDad. No consensus on that subject. Chennedy is back now but not up to speed yet.

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    Short handed Chicago (Stevens and Deshields have left the bubble) couldn't hang with Seattle today. 88-74, it really wasn't that close. Sloot w/ 9 assists but struggled shooting, only 4-14. Copper really only the bright spot for Chicago today.

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    Barring a collapse, Chicago will get a much needed win against Indiana today. Up 14 midway thru Q4. Sloot w/ 13 points and 14 assists. She's flirted with it several times, one of these days she's gonna break the single game record (16 by Penicheiro).

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    Sloot tied the record at least. Up 20 w/ under 2 minutes left, not sure if she'll get a chance for one more. She's gotten up to 15 in 3 games I think, glad she finally gets her name in the record book.

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    She did it! Broke the record and then some, has 18. What a performance.

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    Pushed her season average to 9.3 apg (and only 2.2 TOs, great ratio).


    Sky cruised to a big win. Plenty of scoring from Copper, Gabby and Quigley. Hebard got the start and had a double-double.

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    Sloot had a great score line with 13 pts (on 4-8 shooting), 2 rebounds, 18 assists, 2 steals and 1 block with only 3 turnovers on the negative side of the ledger.

    Sloot had another double-double today. With her 18 assists today broke her own Chicago Sky record for assists in a game (15 apg) and broke the WNBA record (Ticha Penicheiro) for assists in a game (16 apg). What was kind of neat was the CV tied and broke the WNBA record for assists with Allie Quigley (CV's wife) hitting a pair of 3s allowing CV to tie and set the record.

    Great game CV.

    Good games by Gabby Williams (21 Pts on 8-12 shooting), Kahleah Copper (21 pts on 8-13 shooting) and rookie Ruthy Hebard (12 pts on 6-8 shooting). What luck for Hebard, playing her collegiate career with Sabrina Ionescu and her early professional career with Sloot, 2 of the best collegiate point guards ever and CV may end up being the best ever in the WNBA.

    With their win tonight the Sky have moved within a half game of the Minnesota Lynx. The Lynx play the LA Sparks tonight and if they lose, the Lynx and Sky will be tied for 4th in the standings which is a big deal because the top 4 teams get a bye out of the first round of play-in games and the top 2 teams get a bye to the semi-finals. Only 5 regular season games left for the Sky.

    Sky going to have a difficult time the rest of the season against the better teams with Azurį Stevens and Diamond DeShields having left the bubble. Stevens left due to a knee injury and has been ruled out for the remainder of the year. DeShields left for "personal" reasons and with only 5 games left in the regular season (approx. 2 weeks) she probably cannot make it back and clear medical protocol before the end of the season. Deshields status for the playoffs has not been announced. The Sky have traded injured Jantel Lavender for Stephanie Mavunga (6'3") to shore up their forecourt and provide some more physicality to back up Cheyenne Parker which Dolson does not do.

    Lynx vs Sparks game comes on at 7:00 PM PST on CBS Sports Network tonight.

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    Lynx putting up a good fight against the Sparks leading 49 to 40 at half.

    Minnesota went into halftime having made 9 3s in the first half (they average 7 3s per game) and shooting very well at 50% overall and 45% from 3. LA not doing anything really wrong, Minnesota just playing better, at least in the first half.

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    Lynx defeat the Sparks 96-78.

    The Lynx went into halftime with a 9 point lead and then out-scored LA in both the 3rd and 4th quarters.

    Minnesota simply outshot the LA Sparks by shooting 37-69 (53.6%) overall and 14-27 (51.9%) from 3. The Lynx hit 14 3s tonight compared with their average of only 7 3s per game.

    With the victory, the Lynx stay half a game in front of the Sky. With the loss, LA is 1 game ahead of the Lynx and 1.5 games ahead of the Sky.

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    I looked ahead at the rest of the schedule. The 2nd Seattle-Las Vegas showdown that was postponed was rescheduled for the last day of the season. For the Aces they have to play back to back games. They get LA the day before. Top record in the league may very well come down to that last game. Seattle's schedule is a bit back loaded, they also have remaining games against LA and Minnesota.

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    From ESPN:

    Chicago Sky's Courtney Vandersloot sets WNBA single-game record with 18 assists in victory over Indiana Fever
    6:48 PM PT
    ESPN News Services

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Courtney Vandersloot set a WNBA single-game record with 18 assists, helping the Chicago Sky beat the Indiana Fever 100-77 on Monday night.

    Vandersloot tied the record of 16, held by Ticha Penicheiro, on a drive to the basket, drawing two defenders and finding Ruthy Hebard under the hoop for a 89-74 lead with 3:22 remaining.

    After a brief rest on the bench, Vandersloot found her wife, Allie Quigley, in the corner for a 3-pointer to break the record. And two possessions later, Vandersloot connected with Quigley again for a 3-pointer and a 25-point lead.

    "This one feels good, because I absolutely thought this record was untouchable," Vandersloot said. "Shoutout to Ticha for setting this one. My teammates were knocking down shots, and they were just as happy as I was. It makes it so much more enjoyable for me out there."

    Penicheiro, who reached 16 assists in 1998 and 2002, tweeted a congratulatory note to Vandersloot after the game.

    "It was a good energy boost for us," coach James Wade said. "And it was a good reward for someone so selfless. She finds enjoyment from her teammates getting baskets and putting them in good situations to score. It's special having someone like that, and I don't take it for granted."
    You can read the entire article here: https://www.espn.com/wnba/story/_/id...-indiana-fever

    Here is a highlight video of her 18 assists: https://www.wnba.com/video/courtney-...ugust-31-2020/

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    Important game for the Sky today, playing Minnesota who they trail by 1/2 game. Phoenix is coming on strong and is 1 game behind Chicago. Sky trail by 10 at the half. Sloot getting outplayed by Dangerfield at this point: 2 pts/5 assists vs. 10 pts/6 assists. After 1 really good game Gabby is back to being non-productive. Most of the scoring is coming from Parker, Copper and Quigley.

    edit--wow, 6 TOs for Sloot, really uncharacteristic for her

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    Minnesota running away with it to start Q3. Not looking good for the Sky.

    Dallas jumping all over LA to start the game. Sparks are really missing Nneka, not the same team without her, even if she hasn't quite been herself most of this season.

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    Chicago has cut an 18 point deficit down to 4 in a hurry, this thing is a long way from over. Sloot warming up. She went from 2 points to 11 in no time, now up to 8 assists. Still in Q3.

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    Chicago loses 86-83. Dug too big of a hole to begin Q3. Did grab a lead briefly in the 4th quarter.

    Sloot finished w/ 13 points/12 assists, but 8 TOs.

    edit--now 1 1/2 games out of the 4th place spot w/ 5 games left.

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    Big loss by the Sky tonight. Coug'd a great chance to move into 4th place in the standings and get a 1st round bye.

    Lots of excuses but two major issues were 23 turnovers by the Sky (7?? by CV) and 30% shooting from 3 by the Sky versus 52.6% from 3 by the Lynx. You simply cannot have one of the best 3 point shooters in the WNBA (Allie Quigley) go 2-10 (20%) from 3 or have your shooting/point guard, Gabby Williams go 1-5 (20%) from 3 and let the opposition shoot 52.6% from 3 and expect to win.

    While many teams have 5 games left in the season, the Sky only have 4 games left (22 game season), so not much time to make up ground.

    Interesting to see Stephanie Mavunga got in for the Sky but for less than 5 minutes today with only 2 points and no rebounds. Ruthy Hebard started tonight but played less than 8 minutes. I did not see the game, but she had 2 rebounds, 2 points, 1 assist and 2 steals in her less than 8 minutes. I wonder if she got hurt.

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    Bird's re-entry into Seattle's lineup was not as smooth as the previous time. Maybe their worst offensive performance of the season. Hung on for a 71-64 win, nearly blew a 16 point lead. Stewie with a terrible shooting performance, 4-17. Canada had 5 assists to Bird's 2, and only played 15 minutes compared to 25.

    LA also nearly blew a big lead against Dallas, but hung on 91-83. Tonight couldn't have gone worse for Chicago, they lost ground on 3 of the 4 teams ahead of them.

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    Dang the Sky are at it again. Gave up 32 points in the opening quarter to the hapless Mystics, who have lost 12 of their last 13 games. Leilani Mitchell (from Tri Cities) is playing out of her mind, 6 points and 8 assists already. That's about double her apg average, after 1 quarter. Maybe she's gonna break Sloot's single game record just like that.

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    2nd quarter was better, Sky trailing 45-40 at the half (were down 11 after Q1). Mitchell punching way above her weight class w/ 8 points and 11 assists. Sloot has 9 points/7 assists.

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    Chicago got close several times, but couldn't get over the hump. Lost again, 79-69. Instead of vying for a coveted top 4 seed in the playoffs, they look like they are heading for #6 (assuming Connecticut doesn't pass them).

    Sloot had 16 points on 6-9 shooting (3-3 behind the arc) and 11 assists. She got outplayed by Mitchell though, who had 20 and 12.

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