And That’s The Way It Is
- Aug 26, 2011
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In most games, unless there was an early foul issue, Seimone was the first player off the bench. She can create her own shot and make it at an impressive rate.nice to see Augustus is a top USA player
I don't want to be overly negative, but I agree that Angel was the clear #10 player. I think she had a couple of good games, one atrocious game, and some so-so games. Too often, she was playing 1-on-1, being too aggressive on defense, or just playing out of control.Really every player on Team USA impressed a lot with the exceptions of Stewie and Sims. Both were mostly overwhelmed but the experience was incredible for them.
Of the other main US reserves, Angel was the least impressive to me. She seemed to not really want to play team ball at times, so much so in one case that Geno yanked her about a minute after putting her in. But Siemone, Nneka, Lindsay, and Candace all played really really well and did exactly what the team needed from them.
And the starting lineup for USA was perfect for who was on the team and simply terrific.
Whalen got some good "mentions" from the announcers in the championship game
You pretty much nailed it with Angel, but the reason she was yanked in at least one of the games was because of an ill advised offensive play. She is not a guard, and went one on one driving to the basket against at least 2, and possibly 3, defenders, only to get stuffed. Zero offensive flow, poor decision, and Geno sat her butt down for the rest of the half. Lesson learned, I think, since she didn't do anything like that again...Agree that Angel was less effective than she had been at the Olympics. Her role on both teams was to come in and cause havoc defensively and slash to the basket on offense, especially in transition. In the Olympics she performed great, at the WC her aggressiveness on defense ended up with more fouls - the game she was yanked in I believe she got two fouls in that first minute.
Coming off the bench for any of these players is a really hard thing to do - they never have done it in HS, college, or their pro careers. Geno is very good at identifying their strengths and creating specific roles for them when they enter the game, but it is still a huge adjustment. Starters have a routine and have learned how to modulate adrenaline and emotion/excitement - they know when the center jump is coming and they can build for that moment. Bench players never know exactly when they will have to perform or where the score and the flow of the game will be when they enter and it is harder to keep/be at the right emotional level for that moment. I thought Angel had the most difficulty getting that balance in this WC, I thought she was generally brilliant in the Olympics.
You pretty much nailed it with Angel, but the reason she was yanked in at least one of the games was because of an ill advised offensive play. She is not a guard, and went one on one driving to the basket against at least 2, and possibly 3, defenders, only to get stuffed. Zero offensive flow, poor decision, and Geno sat her butt down for the rest of the half. Lesson learned, I think, since she didn't do anything like that again...