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Correct me if I’m wrong, but hasn’t the Sky’s problem the last two seasons been defensively? I recall them putting up tons of points but lacking cohesiveness on the other end of the floor. Seems to be the opposite this year which is surprising.
You are correct. Total reversal to start the year.
 
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I'm waiting for KLS to blossom into something the Boneyard thinks she could be. She wasnt a 4 in Chicago, okay. She is playing with ball hogs in Dallas, okay. She started slow in Seattle, but she left for 3 on 3, okay. I'll continue waiting on anything significant from her. If all she has to contribute is being a 3 point shooter, good luck to her. She has never been known to be a defender or rebounder, so how can you say she will somehow start contributing?
She was a top rebounder for her Spanish team and actually began rebounding in her final year at UConn. Watching her tonight against Atlanta, she proved she can start for the best team in the WNBA if she can keep fouls down. She is shooting from all ranges, is cutting well, and made some excellent defensive plays. On the 3x3 team her defense was stellar. It needed to be considering how weak Plum’s was.
 
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She was a top rebounder for her Spanish team and actually began rebounding in her final year at UConn. Watching her tonight against Atlanta, she proved she can start for the best team in the WNBA if she can keep fouls down. She is shooting from all ranges, is cutting well, and made some excellent defensive plays. On the 3x3 team her defense was stellar. It needed to be considering how weak Plum’s was.
She split minutes with Talbot, and had similar production. They could be interchangeable. I was expecting more inside looks for her, considering Atlanta's back court. She has at least 5 inches if not more on Hayes, Williams, and Sims. I'll eat crow if she can consistently produce over the course of a season.
 
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I'm waiting for KLS to blossom into something the Boneyard thinks she could be. She wasnt a 4 in Chicago, okay. She is playing with ball hogs in Dallas, okay. She started slow in Seattle, but she left for 3 on 3, okay. I'll continue waiting on anything significant from her. If all she has to contribute is being a 3 point shooter, good luck to her. She has never been known to be a defender or rebounder, so how can you say she will somehow start contributing?
Let’s see. In 19 limited minutes due to foul trouble, KLS was second in rebounds with five (Stewie had nine in twice minutes played). Add ten points, one stylish assist and a block, plus what seemed to me a damn good defense, I’d say she continues to build on her MVP pro season in Europe, where she both scored and rebounded at a high level, and an undefeated 3x3 Olympic campaign. She is about to turn 24. The future is bright. When she got in foul trouble, Talbot came in and played an equal number of minutes, scoring 13, a couple of shots after Atlanta essentially threw in the towel, but had no rebounds, assists, or blocked shots with one turnover and a more porous defense.
 

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Let’s see. In 19 limited minutes due to foul trouble, KLS was second in rebounds with five (Stewie had nine in twice minutes played). Add ten points, one stylish assist and a block, plus what seemed to me a damn good defense, I’d say she continues to build on her MVP pro season in Europe, where she both scored and rebounded at a high level, and an undefeated 3x3 Olympic campaign. She is about to turn 24. The future is bright. When she got in foul trouble, Talbot came in and played an equal number of minutes, scoring 13, a couple of shots after Atlanta essentially threw in the towel, but had no rebounds, assists, or blocked shots with one turnover and a more porous defense.
Lou definitely has the skills to succeed on a team oriented squad like the Storm but in the end, she needs to keep her confidence high and shoot well. That is where Sue and Stewie come in. And it also helps if the coaches do what Geno does and emphasizes doing other stuff (defense / rebounding, assists) and the shooting comes around.
 

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Let’s see. In 19 limited minutes due to foul trouble, KLS was second in rebounds with five (Stewie had nine in twice minutes played). Add ten points, one stylish assist and a block, plus what seemed to me a damn good defense, I’d say she continues to build on her MVP pro season in Europe, where she both scored and rebounded at a high level, and an undefeated 3x3 Olympic campaign. She is about to turn 24. The future is bright. When she got in foul trouble, Talbot came in and played an equal number of minutes, scoring 13, a couple of shots after Atlanta essentially threw in the towel, but had no rebounds, assists, or blocked shots with one turnover and a more porous defense.
KLS has only played 5 games so far, but I'd say she's had 2 good games and 3 bad ones. To suggest she is clearly better than Talbot this year is not even slightly based on anything factual. Look at their shooting stats--Talbot in a landslide so far. All other stats are fairly close, but rebounds is the only thing KLS leads, and that just barely. MPG are essentially identical.

Talbot has been able to contribute as both a starter and a sub. KLS has been completely ineffective off the bench, they pretty much have to start her or else she doesn't contribute at all.
 

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LA Sparks laying an egg. Washington up 79-55 6+ minutes left. Tina 20 pts 10 rebounds but had alot of silly fouls that cut her minutes. Now just resting.
 
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After each game played by KLS there is always some back and forth over her stats. KLS has struggled to get off to a good start in her WNBA career when compared to expectations. She was a fantastic college player whose limitations were largely hidden due to the talent around her and the system Uconn utilizes. I still believe she has time to improve her game and show what she's capable of. I also think it's possible this is just who she is. Some players are just fantastic college players and not much more.

KLS, Gabby, and Nurse are all likeable, skilled players who I expect the fans of this board to root for and defend. Personally I doubt any of them are all star level players who are the focal points of a roster but I would take any or all three on my team if I were building one.
 
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Another game where Dupree comes in and the Storm can't shoot or defend. She needs to be gone.
 

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Lou looking pretty good in 1st half. Williams a tough match up.
 
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I forgot the Dream needed to get a new coach. I thought, for a brief second, that was Larry Bird coaching.
 
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it feels like this rookie class has struggled, really intrigued to who's gonna win rookie of the year
 

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it feels like this rookie class has struggled, really intrigued to who's gonna win rookie of the year
Maybe not this year but Aari has a lot of Crystal in her and is probably better defensively. She stoned Sue Bird on a drive.
 
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Maybe not this year but Aari has a lot of Crystal in her and is probably better defensively. She stoned Sue Bird on a drive.
that was my guess, I thought her and Didi Richards were the most ready for WNBA
 
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Rookie stats link. Onyenwere at 11.4 has quite a lead on the others. Didi as a defensive stopper perhaps.

WNBA Stats | Season Rookie PTS Leaders
yep not surprised, Ucla has a great head coach that doesn't get a lot of recognition, her players seem to be mature in the WNBA. a shame the 2020 tourny got cancelled cause I really think aside Oregon they were the best team in the Pac 12. Just nice to see the conference as a whole get recognition
 

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yep not surprised, Ucla has a great head coach that doesn't get a lot of recognition, her players seem to be mature in the WNBA. a shame the 2020 tourny got cancelled cause I really think aside Oregon they were the best team in the Pac 12. Just nice to see the conference as a whole get recognition
Well, I am surprised and I bet most people are. Especially her outside shooting. Her best year in college was 33% from 3 but she is at 45%. Hope it lasts since I am a Liberty fan
 
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KLS has only played 5 games so far, but I'd say she's had 2 good games and 3 bad ones. To suggest she is clearly better than Talbot this year is not even slightly based on anything factual. Look at their shooting stats--Talbot in a landslide so far. All other stats are fairly close, but rebounds is the only thing KLS leads, and that just barely. MPG are essentially identical.

Talbot has been able to contribute as both a starter and a sub. KLS has been completely ineffective off the bench, they pretty much have to start her or else she doesn't contribute at all.
Guess we are seeing different games. Talbot has almost no rebounds, assists, etc. Her shooting has been relatively good but that is her only contribution on the offensive side of the floor and her defense is non-existent. I actually see Stewie scored on more than KLS. So the stats when KLS wasn’t off at the 3x3 games heavily, repeat heavily, favor her over Talbot. Not only has KLS upped her rebounding game, her passing continues to be excellent.
 
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Guess we are seeing different games. Talbot has almost no rebounds, assists, etc. Her shooting has been relatively good but that is her only contribution on the offensive side of the floor and her defense is non-existent. I actually see Stewie scored on more than KLS. So the stats when KLS wasn’t off at the 3x3 games heavily, repeat heavily, favor her over Talbot. Not only has KLS upped her rebounding game, her passing continues to be excellent.
Talbot also caused 3 turnovers yesterday that she wasn't credited with. 3 times the shot clock was down to 2 or 3 seconds, and she passed to someone else, rather then take the shot.
 

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Guess we are seeing different games. Talbot has almost no rebounds, assists, etc. Her shooting has been relatively good but that is her only contribution on the offensive side of the floor and her defense is non-existent. I actually see Stewie scored on more than KLS. So the stats when KLS wasn’t off at the 3x3 games heavily, repeat heavily, favor her over Talbot. Not only has KLS upped her rebounding game, her passing continues to be excellent.
Totally agree. One post pass into Mercedes was particularly nice because it was thrown to the correct shoulder away from the defense.
 
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Davis is out for the season. So.. she can still win ROY next year. Also, Sheppard is out with a groin injury. Powers is back. The Lynx released Clariton, but will probably resign her
 

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Chi / IND in a close one. Candace Parker looks to be the difference down the stretch.
 

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Chi / IND in a close one. Candace Parker looks to be the difference down the stretch.
Nice double-double for CP. Allie Quigley scored the last 6 points for Chicago. Two old ladies who love a matinee.
 

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Maybe not this year but Aari has a lot of Crystal in her and is probably better defensively. She stoned Sue Bird on a drive.
Aari's playing time is so erratic. Has been all season. I don't think Atlanta is a good place for her. Too many guards who need the ball in their hands. It's just not a good fit, especially since the franchise is kind of a mess.
 

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