That's exactly what the Sun are. On their game, they're the best in the league, for real. But way too often they beat themselves. So watch Courtney Williams in game 5 tomorrow. She had a great game last night but she often follows up a good performance with a game where she tries to be the Alpha, but shoots like 3-12 or something like that and takes them completely out of the game. She lives and dies with the mid-range jumper.I couldn't stay up for the west coast game but what a career for Sue Bird. Was wishing for a game 5 as well.
The Sun really dominated last night. They are reminiscent of last year's Celtics in some ways during these playoffs -- when they're executing their game plan and moving the ball well (and actually putting the layups in) they are very difficult to beat. Other games, they seem like they're beating themselves. Can't wait for the final game of the series.
A key teaching moment for game 5 was when Jonquel had a double team closing in towards her catch at the FT line, and she found Courtney Williams (I believe) on a back cut by executing the bounce pass right between the closing defenders. The Sun have gotten into trouble when stubbornly pounding the ball inside via dribble with so many contested and missed 0-5 footers. Like the Celtics this past playoffs, they seem to work better starting with hitting outside shots and loosening up the inside to then get cuts and easy layups.That's exactly what the Sun are. On their game, they're the best in the league, for real. But way too often they beat themselves. So watch Courtney Williams in game 5 tomorrow. She had a great game last night but she often follows up a good performance with a game where she tries to be the Alpha, but shoots like 3-12 or something like that and takes them completely out of the game. She lives and dies with the mid-range jumper.
Also, Jonquel needs to show up big time. She CAN be a dominating player but lately she's picked up too many dumb fouls early in games and it's taken her out of her rhythm. She disappears for FAR too long in key moments. So frustrating.
But game 5 should be great.
The benefit for MLB is their broadcast partner for the LCS and World Series is Fox, who only really has to worry about other major sports league conflicts but does not have a glut of their own sports broadcast rights to work around like ESPN. Their college and NFL football games are mainly in the afternoon.I continue to be miffed that so many W games, and now in the playoffs, go up against big games in other sports like tonight with the NFL kicking off and then again on Sunday with game one of the Finals at 3pm right in the heart of the first NFL Sun.
EDIT: I feel like MLB has generally figured out how to avoid many of these conflicts.
Wow being that height so young screams potential injury concerns to me. Not even due to basketball, but in general those who have gigantism disorder (if that is the case here) can develop spinal, leg, foot problems at a relatively young age. I notice Ziyu didn't run with any type of speed in that short clip, which may actually be a good thing to protect her growing bones. OTOH, as a species humans are getting taller and heavier and medical advances mean you don't necessarily have a poor standard of life at a great heeeeeiiiiiiiight [/Thom Yorke]Does the WNBA mention Zhang Ziyu at all? It seems like she could be pretty huge for the game of women's basketball. 15 years old and 7'5. I'd probably tune in out of curiosity.
Yes. It doesn't always work out. But that team IS a juggernaut, make no mistake. All three players, though, are used to being alphas, so it'll be interesting to see how they work together. It isn't always as easy as it looks like it should be.
With Breanna's comment about potential charter flights playing a big part in joining the Liberty it definitely reinforces the team my wife has season tickets to, the Connecticut Sun, is a decidedly small market team in this new era despite the rabid fanbase. There is no Joe Tsai in the owner's box (who paid a $500,000 fine to put his team on charter flights against WNBA rules), nevermind an airport within shouting distance to even make the car commute TO a chartered flight convenient.
Corruption in a Las Vegas based sports franchise? Who would have thought?https://www.espn.com/wnba/story/_/id/35616965/source-wnba-investigating-salary-cap-claims-aces
This story makes me angry after the Las Vegas Aces just defeated the Sun in last year's finals. Alleged "under the table" payments to circumvent the salary cap. I'm sure it was merely a coincidence that all their recent players seem to take pay cuts to play there. I would love it if Hamby, who it sounds like was wronged while pregnant, was the whistle blower.
Note the second sentence of her instagram post from this report: 'I was promised things to entice me to sign my contract extension that were not followed through on.'
Not to downplay A'ja's performance but she's a hell of stat padder. I'm sure the Aces would trade this performance in for her to not vanish vs the liberty in the finalsPretty impressive outing by A’ja Wilson last night: