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Who will win this game?
Mercury
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PostPosted: 06/17/17 7:48 pm    ::: Mercury @ Sparks - 6/18/17 Reply Reply with quote

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Game info: http://www.wnba.com/game/20170618/PHOLAS/

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PostPosted: 06/18/17 7:33 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Noticed the league made this available on ESPN3. Taurasi should break the scoring record in this game.



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Stop Brittney! Stop Dirty Diana!!! Twisted Evil

This would be a good game to get some nice overall team scoring, especially from downtown. Will Sydney see some serious minutes today, or will Brian continue experimenting with Riquna? Let's see if our bigs can drive Brittney crazy and put her in foul trouble again.



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PostPosted: 06/18/17 11:05 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Stop Brittney! Stop Dirty Diana!!! Twisted Evil

This would be a good game to get some nice overall team scoring, especially from downtown. Will Sydney see some serious minutes today, or will Brian continue experimenting with Riquna? Let's see if our bigs can drive Brittney crazy and put her in foul trouble again.


Riquna = NO

She's getting to Matee Ajavon territory - some team will keep her on the roster for her athleticism and willingness to shoot without much hope the ball will go in.



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PostPosted: 06/18/17 11:07 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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jap wrote:
Stop Brittney! Stop Dirty Diana!!! Twisted Evil

This would be a good game to get some nice overall team scoring, especially from downtown. Will Sydney see some serious minutes today, or will Brian continue experimenting with Riquna? Let's see if our bigs can drive Brittney crazy and put her in foul trouble again.


Riquna = NO

She's getting to Matee Ajavon territory - some team will keep her on the roster for her athleticism and willingness to shoot without much hope the ball will go in.


Are a lot of teams looking for a player that will shoot without much hope the ball will go in?


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PostPosted: 06/18/17 11:29 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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jap wrote:
Stop Brittney! Stop Dirty Diana!!! Twisted Evil

This would be a good game to get some nice overall team scoring, especially from downtown. Will Sydney see some serious minutes today, or will Brian continue experimenting with Riquna? Let's see if our bigs can drive Brittney crazy and put her in foul trouble again.


Riquna = NO

She's getting to Matee Ajavon territory - some team will keep her on the roster for her athleticism and willingness to shoot without much hope the ball will go in.


Riquna is returning from ACL surgery so there is some rust to deal with, and I suspect Brian is deliberately being patient with her because of that. I think Brian feels she might eventually flourish within a strong team structure with effective bigs who will allow her to get plenty of open looks. However, she has to play within Brian's team concept, or she will ride the pine.



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PostPosted: 06/18/17 3:36 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Riquna is returning from ACL surgery so there is some rust to deal with,


She could just as well work out her rust during practices. Hitting open shots has very little to do with rust. It's not like she has been an essential part of the team up until now. I could see that tactic if she were an irreplaceable major cog on the team. Although it is now expected with most surgeries, there is no 100% guarantee that any athletic player will ever come back as good as before.

Besides that she is streaky and unless she is hot she will more than likely continue to shoot bricks. It would make more sense if they gave Wiesner the playing time to develop. She could shoot bricks just as well as Williams.

Of course now that we have drug her over the coals she will probably get hot and make us all look bad. Embarassed


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PostPosted: 06/18/17 3:48 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Looks like no D-Rob.



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PostPosted: 06/18/17 4:04 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Riquna is returning from ACL surgery so there is some rust to deal with,


She could just as well work out her rust during practices. Hitting open shots has very little to do with rust. It's not like she has been an essential part of the team up until now. I could see that tactic if she were an irreplaceable major cog on the team. Although it is now expected with most surgeries, there is no 100% guarantee that any athletic player will ever come back as good as before.

Besides that she is streaky and unless she is hot she will more than likely continue to shoot bricks. It would make more sense if they gave Wiesner the playing time to develop. She could shoot bricks just as well as Williams.

Of course now that we have drug her over the coals she will probably get hot and make us all look bad. Embarassed


You said it! Laughing Brian has his reasons why he is trying to integrate Riquna.

Many of you seem to have issues with players you consider 'chuckers.' However, Riquna's situation with the Wings is very similar to Odyssey's. It is also very similar to Sugar Rodgers coming out of college. Here you had players who pretty much had to shoot for their teams because there was not a lot of help scoring-wise. Sugar had to carry her college team. Odyssey assumed the scoring load after Brittney graduated and tried to carry the Wings when Skylar went down to injury. Riquna was a scoring option for four years with the Tulsa Shock.

You move these players into situations where they have strong post play where they could get plenty of open looks and what happens? Sugar went from riding the pine in Minny and most of her first two years in New York to emerging as a quality player and a dangerous downtown scorer. Why should we not expect Odyssey and Riquna's games to translate similarly in LA? If they insist in playing hero ball, they will have to deal with Candace, Nneka, Alana, and Chelsea before Brian lights into them.

Brian is trying to build chemistry on both sides of the ball with his current team. Sydney should get opportunities as well since she is a quick release artist who is deadly accurate already from beyond the arc. For whatever reason, Brian appears to be focusing on getting the veterans Odyssey and Riquna games flowing over the rookie Sydney at the moment.



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PostPosted: 06/18/17 4:08 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

mb1 wrote:
Looks like no D-Rob.


Mitchell starting for Phoenix


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PostPosted: 06/18/17 4:09 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Okay Dee, I'm here to watch you get this record. If you can also get a W, that would be appreciative. Laughing


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PostPosted: 06/18/17 4:13 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

The refs are a joke Laughing



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PostPosted: 06/18/17 4:14 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Great assessment, Jap! The thing is the LA will need these two down the stretch, so he's trying to get them integrated and confident.

DT...ummmm


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PostPosted: 06/18/17 4:15 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

So we just gonna pretend that DT didn't slam down on Nneka?

Okay Phoenix, let's get it together


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PostPosted: 06/18/17 4:15 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Taurasi just got away with elbowing Ogwuimke in the back of the head. Unseen by the officials. Announcers say something about her frustration. It's gonna get ugly out there as Taurasi ages and gets increasingly frustrated.




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DT should of been tossed for that elbow on Nneka. The refs review everything but this obvious elbow to the head not Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes



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PostPosted: 06/18/17 4:16 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

With a start like this, I wonder if DT will even try for the record.


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PostPosted: 06/18/17 4:17 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Dirty Diana strikes again! So what's new?



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PostPosted: 06/18/17 4:17 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Beard got into DT's head early



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PostPosted: 06/18/17 4:18 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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DT should of been tossed for that elbow on Nneka. The refs review everything but this obvious elbow to the head not Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes


A play like that should be subject to a protest review. The opposing team makes a protest and the refs have to review it on a timeout. Maybe the league will review it tomorrow.


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PostPosted: 06/18/17 4:20 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Dear god, LA is already in the bonus.


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PostPosted: 06/18/17 4:20 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Taurasi is downright scary when she is frustrated. She can get violent in a hurry.

The refs should be fired and she should draw another suspension for that.


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PostPosted: 06/18/17 4:21 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

What will we have more of in the 1st Quarter: DT elbowing people or Mercury points? Laughing


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PostPosted: 06/18/17 4:21 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Nneka is such a drama queen though, the part of her head she was holding wasn't even where Taurasi tapped. It was back and her scrunchie or bun, whatever you want to call it.


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PostPosted: 06/18/17 4:22 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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What will we have more of in the 1st Quarter: DT elbowing people or Mercury points? Laughing


They're fouling the shit out of her, and she's getting frustrated. Typical DT.

Prediction: Taurasi isn't going to get the record tonight.



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Beard with the flop Laughing Little didnt hit her that hard Laughing



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PostPosted: 06/18/17 4:22 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

LOL beard didn't even get hit


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That one was probably more Little than DT. However, it's hard to have respect for DT when she plays like this. She gets as many calls as anyone and acts like a brat when things don't go her way. You'd think she'd have outgrown that act by now.



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DT didn't make contact. You can see it in the opposite angle that she didn't make contact



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If that was an offensive foul then it was Littles and not DT's Laughing The reviewed that 5 times and still didnt get it right Laughing



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Floppin' ass dramatic Sparks


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WNBA: "Come watch a player try to break a record, it'll be in ESPN3."

Also WNBA: *lets Sparks players overreact while also playing dirty and make DT and Phx look like the bad gals*

Smh..


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DT didn't make contact. You can see it in the opposite angle that she didn't make contact
and the foul is on Diana, of course. Didn't touch her, Beard falls down like she was shot, and the refs even reviewed it.



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So we are gonna start calling touch fouls now? Rolling Eyes

Tommy is a trash ref.


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Dee was asking for the technical and she got it.


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lynxmania wrote:
What will we have more of in the 1st Quarter: DT elbowing people or Mercury points? Laughing


They're fouling the shit out of her, and she's getting frustrated. Typical DT.

Prediction: Taurasi isn't going to get the record tonight.


Agreed. Beard gets away with a lot. Hopefully DT can get into a groove.


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WNBA: "Come watch a player try to break a record, it'll be in ESPN3."

Also WNBA: *lets Sparks players overreact while also playing dirty and make DT and Phx look like the bad gals*

Smh..


Pretty much.

It was utterly predictable too.



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Than they call a phantom foul on D and she gets a foul and a T. Perfect



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She got away with an elbow to Nneka's head. She flung her elbows in a reckless manner at Beard. Maybe didn't make contact (though I thought she got her on the side of the head away from the main camera) but somewhat irrelevant at that point in terms of the fact that she had lost control of her emotions and put herself in a bad position. Should have gotten a T on the original Beard foul. Should have gotten a foul and a T on the uncalled play on Nneka.

Then that last foul was just a cheap, dumb foul. Hard to imagine this game isn't over.



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Beard did her job. She got under Taurasi's skin and got her out of the game



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So we are gonna start calling touch fouls now? Rolling Eyes

Tommy is a trash ref.
only on the Mercury lol



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Than they call a phantom foul on D and she gets a foul and a T. Perfect


Now they're calling touch fouls.

Does LA have one yet? Laughing



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Than they call a phantom foul on D and she gets a foul and a T. Perfect


that little bump can be called every game, all day... Nunez is hyper sensitive today.


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She got away with an elbow to Nneka's head. She flung her elbows in a reckless manner at Beard. Maybe didn't make contact but somewhat irrelevant at that point in terms of the fact that she had lost control of her emotions and put herself in a bad position. Should have gotten a T on the original Beard foul. Should have gotten a foul and a T on the uncalled play on Nneka.

Then that last foul was just a cheap, dumb foul. Hard to imagine this game isn't over.
she did not swing her elbows in a reckless manner, that was a standard move when you have the ball over your head.



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Mary Murphy saying that Brondello doesn't have a case for the foul disparity. Lmao. This is why people mute her Laughing


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"There hasn't been a lot of Contact on the LA side" Laughing



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The refs are so whistle happy and petty as hell



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Than they call a phantom foul on D and she gets a foul and a T. Perfect


that little bump can be called every game, all day... Nunez is hyper sensitive today.


It looked worse then it was. He probably thought that her elbow came out again but she bumped her bit. No call would be in order



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