WNBA Playoffs Game 2: Silver Stars @ Mercury Game Thread

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TP: "Sacre bleu... diz game eez infinitezly better than watching ze Houzewivez."


Where's LatinD? is the first thing that comes to mind upon seeing this. I saw that perplexed look on your face from a mile away as I have a 6th sense, but don't tell anybody, mmmkay? If you've been following our previous playoffs game thread, PtR's resident WNBA-lover boy has been caught by the Jinx Police and the questioning/interrogration process will prevent him from putting up a thread for Game 2.

So, I'm here. Let's try to make it a bit worthwhile for our girls, shall we?

Here's a musical interpretation of what I think the Silver Stars should do to pull off the monumental upset:

To be honest, out of the seven people in the last game thread, I think only two or three were able to watch the game and that doesn't include me. Enter CapHill and SinCitySpur with their valuable insight and recap savvy on the improbable Silver Stars win:

CapHill's Quick Cap

Phoenix wasn’t very smart at the end of the game. We won.

SCS' Quick Cap

We won, they lost.

The End.

Seriously though, if you want your recap fix, check out Phoenix Stan's take over at Swish Appeal and show them some love. Stan also has an awesome exclusive interview with Phoenix Mercury Coach Corey Gaines regarding a "questionable" strategery that the Suns Mercury coach employed in the final few minutes that sealed Phoenix's doom. Also, here's last game's boxscore.

Game Time: Sep 19, 2009 @ Phoenix, 9 PM (Spurs time)

The Usual Suspects

1
STARS
(15-19)

Vs

1
MERCURY
(23-11)

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Is there any hope for another miracle?
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1
Becky Hammon

PG

1
Temeka Johnson
Becky is cute. She didn't play exceptionally well, but she did play solidly (13 pts, 4 ast, 2 stl) in running the show and getting her team to execute their offensive sets. Temeka Johnson had 11 points but couldn't handle the heat much and fouled out.
19.5 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 5.0 APG 9.6 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 4.6 APG
3
Edwige Lawson-Wade

SG

1
Diana Taurasi
A big factor why the Stars won is because Taurasi, who's having a monster year and one of the front-runners for league MVP, wasn't her usual self - 15 pts, 5-14 FGs, 7 TOs. Also, kudos to Lawson-Wade's excellent performance and efficient sniping (4-6 on threes). For sure, DT will bounce back with a vengeance, that's why it's important for Hedwig Edwige to have another career game.
5.2 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 2.2 APG 20.4 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 3.5 APG
3
Ann Wauters

C

1
Tangela Smith
Ann Wauters channeled her inner Roger Mason Jr. in Game 1: 8 points on 4-14 shooting. Meanwhile, Tangela Smith was worse. It was like Ericka Dampier vs. Francisco Elson out there. Who's who? I don't know either.
12.9 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 1.1 APG 9.9 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 0.8 APG
4
Sophia Young

PF

1
Le'coe Willingham
Le'coe sucked while Sophia Young was at his very best, shredding the Mercury for 24 points. Like they say, big-time players (should) step up in big time moments. If Sophia has a letdown in Game 2, we're screwed. Seriously.
18.2 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.6 APG 10.0 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 1.0 APG
5
Vickie Johnson

SF

1
Cappie Pondexter
I'd like to call her Vickie "The Oven Toaster" Johnson, the female counterpart of Vinnie "the Microwave" Johnson. Last game out, the Oven Toaster was set to low heat as Vickie didn't score much. She did, however, hand 8 assists, which is absolutely mah-velous. Meanwhile, Pondexter also had an off-day, 15 points on 4-12 FGs. If either her or Taurasi explodes, we're in for a looong night.
6.4 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 2.4 APG 19.1 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 5.0 APG

The Bench Mob

The Mercury's bench is pretty otstanding. DeWanna Bonner (15 pts, 6 rebs) has already been named 6th woman of the year, and is NOT cut from the same cloth as our Matty "BatMan Torn" Bonner so that's a huuuge plus for Phoenix. Penny Taylor is a cutie who got game (18 pts, 6 asts). The Silver Stars bench, meanwhile, has Ruth Riley, Shanna Crossley and a bunch of suck. Kinda like last season's Spurs, huh?

The Verdict

Sorry to be a negative nancy, but Phoenix is at home, more talented, will definitely draw better games from Taurasi and Pondexter, and the Silver Stars aren't capable of shooting as well as they did in Game 1. That being said, Becky and the Hammonites have the momentum and requisite confidence, having led almost all the way in the first game so an upset special is not far-fetched.

I'm picking the Silver Stars to win, just because I like to make Stan nervous.

Game 1 Highlights

Becky Hammon - Postgame Interview

Sophia Young and Edwige Lawson-Wade - Postgame Interview

Ruth Riley - Postgame Interview

Silver Stars Coach Hughes

Cuteness. Can't avoid it, can't resist it.

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Pick Me Up Photo of the Day - Need A Hug?

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Becky being lovable and adorable in her pre-Silver Stars days.


A Final Word (of Caution)

Let's win this chit. No Adams allowed - bellasa's watching and ATS has recently discovered the power of the sig-changer. Be very afraid. Halftime fishes are purely optional. Someone will provide the audio and boxscore links once the game starts. Let's go Silver Stars!!!

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