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PostPosted: 07/08/17 9:48 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

The Sun seem to have the advantage over Washington & New York. If they can get past Phoenix, I can see the nabbing that #3 seed. Anyone see that earlier in the season?



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PostPosted: 07/08/17 11:26 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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This has nothing to do with the Sun team itself, but rather, their cheerleading squad! Cool

A couple of weeks ago, while watching on my DVR the Seattle Storm @ CT Sun game on ESPN2, I had noticed something missing during the telecast: the Sun's Solar Power Dance Team!

In previous games --- and I think it has been a couple of years since the Sun last hosted a nationally-televised game before then --- I would see the Solar Power dancers with their pom-poms standing by the large exit, behind the visiting team's bench. If the Sun scored, they would jump and wave their pom-poms.

But in last week's Storm/Sun game, I didn't see them at all. So, are they still around this season? Or did they change their uniforms or routines?


At one of the corners of the court, just above the lower bowl seating, they made a little tiny stage with Solar Power lite up in lights behind it, with a DJ there who spins tunes during time outs, and in front of the lit up Solar Power backdrop, the Solar Power dancers dance around and have their Pom poms on the stage. They come down off the stage to interact with the crowd too but sans the Pom Pom's.


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PostPosted: 07/08/17 11:28 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

toad455 wrote:
The Sun seem to have the advantage over Washington & New York. If they can get past Phoenix, I can see the nabbing that #3 seed. Anyone see that earlier in the season?


Nope, I didn't see that happening at the beginning of this season. It wasn't until next season that I thought I'd see them close to the top 3. I see them as one of the 3 top teams next season.


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PostPosted: 07/08/17 9:26 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

toad455 wrote:
The Sun seem to have the advantage over Washington & New York. If they can get past Phoenix, I can see the nabbing that #3 seed. Anyone see that earlier in the season?


I was one of the few who saw them contending for the playoffs, but top 4 - no, did not see that coming. This is a great season for the Sun.



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PostPosted: 07/09/17 2:06 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

The Solar Power Dance team used to stay in the tunnel in between performances, but the Sun added a DJ booth at the top of section 27, and the team spends time dancing there during play. It's up higher so you can't see them in the background during play but more of the arena crowd can see them. I think they still use pom poms.


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PostPosted: 07/10/17 9:57 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

toad455 wrote:
The Sun seem to have the advantage over Washington & New York. If they can get past Phoenix, I can see the nabbing that #3 seed. Anyone see that earlier in the season?



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PostPosted: 07/11/17 1:56 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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toad455 wrote:
The Sun seem to have the advantage over Washington & New York. If they can get past Phoenix, I can see the nabbing that #3 seed. Anyone see that earlier in the season?



hell no. Very Happy


And who'd a thunk that Cth's favorite PG - Jasmine Thomas - has a shot at making All*Star? He's been trying to replace her since she landed on the Sun.



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PostPosted: 07/11/17 4:47 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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cthskzfn wrote:
toad455 wrote:
The Sun seem to have the advantage over Washington & New York. If they can get past Phoenix, I can see the nabbing that #3 seed. Anyone see that earlier in the season?



hell no. Very Happy


And who'd a thunk that Cth's favorite PG - Jasmine Thomas - has a shot at making All*Star? He's been trying to replace her since she landed on the Sun.


Amen. Now that last year's improvement seems to have been legit, maybe they can get something decent for her. Cool



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PostPosted: 07/21/17 7:24 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

First-time All-Star Jasmine Thomas hitting her stride

http://www.nhregister.com/sports/20170720/first-time-all-star-jasmine-thomas-hitting-her-stride-with-connecticut-sun

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on the night of the 2015 WNBA Draft came one rather lopsided deal as Thomas was traded in exchange for the draft rights to second-round pick Brittany Hrynko. Hrynko was cut after two days of training camp in 2015 while Thomas has started in all 88 games she has played for Connecticut.


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PostPosted: 07/21/17 9:58 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

pilight wrote:
First-time All-Star Jasmine Thomas hitting her stride

http://www.nhregister.com/sports/20170720/first-time-all-star-jasmine-thomas-hitting-her-stride-with-connecticut-sun

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on the night of the 2015 WNBA Draft came one rather lopsided deal as Thomas was traded in exchange for the draft rights to second-round pick Brittany Hrynko. Hrynko was cut after two days of training camp in 2015 while Thomas has started in all 88 games she has played for Connecticut.


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PostPosted: 07/21/17 11:38 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Yeah - the Thomas giveaway probably set the Dream back a year or more and we ended up in the lottery that season as I recall. At the time it seemed like maybe it was addition by subtraction - the idea being to turn the PG spot over to Shoni full time. Nobody thought to check whether Shoni was going to show up ready to play. I also looked like the team cut Wheeler once it seemed Shoni was returning to form. Another blunder.

Sometimes addition by subtraction is just subtraction. In the end - it all worked out. We got Williams and Clarendon out of it.


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PostPosted: 07/21/17 12:11 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Sometimes addition by subtraction is just subtraction. In the end - it all worked out. We got Williams and Clarendon out of it.


I like Williams, but we could have stayed at #4 and taken Jonquel Jones



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PostPosted: 07/21/17 12:18 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

True - or we could have taken Banham or Powers. Other teams had doubts about Jones - Miller passed on her with the 4 pick and even Agler traded her away so I guess she wasn't a sure thing in everybody's mind. Just last year at this time Williams was looking like a better choice. I do admit I was ticked when we traded the 4.

Come to think of it - Jones should have been drafted No. 2 so we should have never been able to get her anyway.


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PostPosted: 07/21/17 1:27 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

The reason Miller got panned so much his rookie season was he was getting rid of good players and collecting a bunch of rookies. He had Bone and Ogwumike as the starting posts and Jones was never meant to be anything more than a backup. So Bone has attitude issues (she reminds me a lot of Anosike) and Ogwumike gets hurt, allowing JJones to step up if she had it in her. You can see it now, but what from her college days at GW would make you think she's a better player than Elizabeth Williams. If you did see something so great, I'm sure you would have been talking her up for ATL, and I don't remember that. It's that hindsight thing people love to do here.

If I can say something good about Miller, he seems to delegate well, and it looks like he goes with players strengths instead of trying to make them into something they're not, like say a Vickie Johnson. I'd say Miller has been more lucky than good up to this point, but we'll see how things go in the long run.



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I was not sold on Jones in college. OTOH, Elizabeth Williams hadn't looked like much in her one WNBA season and there were persistent rumors she would quit playing to go to medical school. Trading a lottery pick for her was risky.



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PostPosted: 07/21/17 3:35 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I don't think we can complain too much about a deal that turned well just because a better one might have been made. We did get an All Star center, just not the best one.

Based on Shades theory of the space time continuum Seattle should have picked Williams instead of KML and would probably have never given her to us.


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PostPosted: 07/21/17 4:30 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Shades wrote:
The reason Miller got panned so much his rookie season was he was getting rid of good players and collecting a bunch of rookies. He had Bone and Ogwumike as the starting posts and Jones was never meant to be anything more than a backup. So Bone has attitude issues (she reminds me a lot of Anosike) and Ogwumike gets hurt, allowing JJones to step up if she had it in her. You can see it now, but what from her college days at GW would make you think she's a better player than Elizabeth Williams. If you did see something so great, I'm sure you would have been talking her up for ATL, and I don't remember that. It's that hindsight thing people love to do here.

If I can say something good about Miller, he seems to delegate well, and it looks like he goes with players strengths instead of trying to make them into something they're not, like say a Vickie Johnson. I'd say Miller has been more lucky than good up to this point, but we'll see how things go in the long run.


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PostPosted: 07/21/17 5:05 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Lisa Borders with the injured Morgan Tuck and Chiney Ogwumike at the June 26 2017 NBA awards in New York City.



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PostPosted: 07/21/17 6:21 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Ok, height police. I'm saying Border is only 5'8". She claims to be 5'10". Is she really tall enough to be WNBA Prez?


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PostPosted: 07/21/17 6:55 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Randy wrote:
Ok, height police. I'm saying Border is only 5'8". She claims to be 5'10". Is she really tall enough to be WNBA Prez?


No, but that is why Laurel Richie:



was bounced by the 6'3" Adam Silver


after he raised the minimum to 5'8" from the 4'8" that was set by his predecessor David Stern:



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PostPosted: 07/27/17 2:10 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Howard Medgal podcast with Sun VP Amber Cox

Discussing her time in Phoenix and what her game plan is in Connecticut.

https://summitthoops.com/2017/07/27/podcast-connecticut-sun-vice-president-amber-cox/


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PostPosted: 08/09/17 10:00 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

this team makes me (wings/sparks fan) very nervous.... late in the season and they are still firing on all cylinders.. Exclamation


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Randy wrote:
Ok, height police. I'm saying Border is only 5'8". She claims to be 5'10". Is she really tall enough to be WNBA Prez?


my only question here about the sun is...

is curt miller the shortest one of the whole team?



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this team makes me (wings/sparks fan) very nervous.... late in the season and they are still firing on all cylinders.. Exclamation


They're not firing on all cylinders anymore. They were the best 3pt shooting team in the league by a large margin. But the last few games, they're 3pt shooting as been atrocious. Stricklen is on a 6 or 7 game shooting slump now and can't hit anything.

I'm doubting they beat the Wings in a couple days.


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Ay Mate wrote:
ChicagoAnnie wrote:
this team makes me (wings/sparks fan) very nervous.... late in the season and they are still firing on all cylinders.. Exclamation


They're not firing on all cylinders anymore. They were the best 3pt shooting team in the league by a large margin. But the last few games, they're 3pt shooting as been atrocious. Stricklen is on a 6 or 7 game shooting slump now and can't hit anything.

I'm doubting they beat the Wings in a couple days.



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PostPosted: 08/10/17 8:23 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

You mean the 9-5 at home but 4-9 on the road Wings?

The Wings team that has not won a road game since June?

Assuming Jasmine Thomas plays, not so sure that Connecticut loses this game.


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You mean the 9-5 at home but 4-9 on the road Wings?

The Wings team that has not won a road game since June?

Assuming Jasmine Thomas plays, not so sure that Connecticut loses this game.


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PostPosted: 08/12/17 9:07 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Congrats to this incredible team for clinching their first playoff spot since 2012. Well done Sun.


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PostPosted: 08/12/17 10:03 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Ay Mate wrote:
Congrats to this incredible team for clinching their first playoff spot since 2012. Well done Sun.


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Sun don't have a very hard schedule remaining. They could end up with 22-23 wins. Games against the Dream, Wings, Sky, and Liberty seems pretty winnable. Games against the Mystics, Sparks, and Mercury (2) will be harder but they could still win one or two.


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PostPosted: 08/12/17 11:49 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Ay Mate wrote:
Congrats to this incredible team for clinching their first playoff spot since 2012. Well done Sun.


Congratulations indeed! So proud of this team and my hometown girl Alyssa Thomas.


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I think the Sun can make a run for that #2 seed. LA has a tougher schedule than Connecticut, so it could be an interesting finish.



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toad455 wrote:
I think the Sun can make a run for that #2 seed. LA has a tougher schedule than Connecticut, so it could be an interesting finish.


The Sparks own the tiebreaker, so it will be tough



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http://sportzedge.com/2017/08/11/connecticut-sun-players-react-to-being-in-nba-live-18-video-game/


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It was posted in the Lynx thread, but I figured I'd continue it here. Thoughts on Torrens finally coming over? Maybe with the Sun finally looking like a good team she might consider it? Adding her, Chiney and a first round pick will make them very deep!

PG: JThomas/Torrens
SG: Williams/Bentley/Banham
SF: AThomas/Stricklen
PF: COgwumike/Tuck
C: JJones/Kizer/draft pick



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Torrens is a wing, not a backup point guard. And the chances of her ever showing up in the US remain distinctly slim (and hardly seem likely to increase in the year her country is hosting the World Cup).



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toad455 wrote:
It was posted in the Lynx thread, but I figured I'd continue it here. Thoughts on Torrens finally coming over? Maybe with the Sun finally looking like a good team she might consider it? Adding her, Chiney and a first round pick will make them very deep!

PG: JThomas/Torrens
SG: Williams/Bentley/Banham
SF: AThomas/Stricklen
PF: COgwumike/Tuck
C: JJones/Kizer/draft pick


Torrens is a SF
If they can get her, they can more seriously consider trading Ogwumike.

Step 1:
In January, trade Banham for rights to Cruz.

Step 2:
Sign Torrens, pointing out rights of two other Spanish national team members are also owned by the Sun. Torrens becomes starting SF.

Step 3:
Trade Ogwumike for best deal. I like Lavender and something else. Maybe they would prefer future consideration, like maybe '18 & '19 first round picks.

Step 4: Invite Romero to camp.

Step 5: 2018 draft picks compete for bench spots.



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Richyyy wrote:
Torrens is a wing, not a backup point guard. And the chances of her ever showing up in the US remain distinctly slim (and hardly seem likely to increase in the year her country is hosting the World Cup).


Do people even know that she is like 6'3 Laughing



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