I don't see it with Phoenix. Team has been struggling. Taurasi is coming off back problems and now apparently has hamstring problems as well. She may be the GOAT but her shooting has been atrocious in the limited number of games she's played this season. I just don't think she's going to be able to flip the switch and lead them on a deep run this year.If Taurasi can go and stay in games, Phoenix could make a run. But Washington is most likely the champ this season.
Any team that has serious aspirations about winning it all, has got to figure out how to beat the Mystics twice in Washington. That’s hard to do. The two home teams won tonight (Chicago and Seattle). Neither game was close. The Sky blew out the Sun.If the Mystics can avoid any late-season/early playoff injuries, I think they bring an immense amount of individual and collective offensive talents.
As most know, EDD is having one of those historic seasons in which she's shooting more than 50% overall (51.6%), 40% from 3-pt. range (48%) and 90% from the free-throw line (97%). Guess what? She's not the only on on team: Emma Meesseman is doing the same (57%, 44%, 90%).
With those two firing on all cylinders, a returned Ariel Atkins, a constantly improving Arial Powers and a very steady Natasha Cloud will make it tough for any opponent. And LaToya Sanders keeps doing the dirty work in the paint. IF Kristi Toliver returns, she adds the (very) long-range shooting and streakiness that can make teams like this unbeatable.
Only possible other contenders: Connecticut and L.A.,, which is gradually getting it's act solidified. However, EDD and Emma are a very tough combo....
I turned it off after the 3rd quarter. I figured the Lynx were out of gas. They lost by 10. To me, close is a 1-3 point game, or a game that comes down the the last possession.Seattle-Minnesota was back and forth. Lynx got within 3 or 4 several times in the second half, including w/ around 5 1/2 minutes left. Terrible end of the game for Minnesota, but I would still call it reasonably close.
Okay. Any doubt about the Sky game ended a few minutes into Q3. Storm-Lynx was still interesting well into Q4.I turned it off after the 3rd quarter. I figured the Lynx were out of gas. They lost by 10. To me, close is a 1-3 point game, or a game that comes down the the last possession.