SparksNation holla at ya girl! That was a hard "pill" to swallow last night. It took me about 2hours to "begin" to shake it off, and yet I still have not succeeded! I can tell you one thing I am though, mad. I'm ready to see my team impose their will on this Storm team. Let's be clear, I'm not crazy...I know that they have some good players on their team, but the leading scorer is out, the lil general is their (Sue Bird), but these "role" players are treating our olympians with no respect.
Now this was the pick that sent me over the edge last night! You see that elbow in Candace's rib cage, Ashley Robinson is the "bully" for this Storm team, and last night she had her way. She was pushing, shoving, and carving out space all night long for her fellow teammates. We all know that 1 on 1, Swin Cash cannot do anything but shoot jumpers against Candace Parker, but with picks like that she at the rim. All I want to know is, where are my players at? Tina stays intense, but the rest of the team letting things go! I want bullies!
Lisa Leslie this is your FINAL year donning the Sparks logo (the team you built), we need you now more than ever. I have seen you for 12yrs have your way on the opponent, and Batkovic-Brown will not "cost" you to a title or send you to early retirement. Remember anything less than being in the finals is an early retirement. Get her out of the paint, and Ashley Robinson want's to be a bully, show the youngster how it's done.
Delisha Milton-Jones I am CALLING YOU OUT. I have watched you score relentlessly in Washington, and we all know your defensive skills. But last night I saw something from you that I never thought I would see: We up by 1, and you "allow" Camille Little to make a "non-contested" lay up?! I just knew you were going to darn knock her head off if you had too, sending her to the line, but you "gave" her the basket. Even Tina was swinging at her, she just missed. Now I know we got a lot of "new" fans because Candace Parker joined the team, but I know your "name and I know your worth" and last night, that just wasn't it! When you step on that court tomorrow, I hope I see "D NASTY"...Sunshine can come out when the clock hit's 00.00!
Honestly, I really don't have anything to say about the way Tina played last night! We all know that if she was coming off the bench, she would have been 6th woman of the year. She definitely get's my "iron woman" award. She leads the team in minutes played, and "SWAG LEVEL RAISED"...so I hope everyone else will feed off of that. I think this is the problem we run into with all these Superstars on this team...no one has been established as the go to player. This is the playoffs, nominate the player, and let's do this!
Now for the reigning MVP...Candace "R U Serious" Parker! We need you to let GO! It's time for a "R U Serious" moment! For those who may not know what i'm talking about,R U Serious (1:15) mark. I know it was 2yrs ago, but what I'm talking about is the fire she had in her eyes. I know everyone trying to stay "humble" on this team, but we need that from Candace. This will be her team after Lisa leaves, and their is no time like the present for her to assert herself. Candace when you have Swin Cash taking you to the block, and scoring, it's time to reach down deep and do your thang! I know Swin is a good player, but have you seen how she looks when Candace is coming at her 1 on 1, like a deer in headlights (check the pic above). Let's be clear, their is not one player in the league, that's not on The Sparks team, who can check Candace one on one. Now with that being said, she has great assist skills, so people keep moving, she will get you the ball.
On Sunday, I want to see the olympians get it in! It's time to impose "our" will on the Storm. I'm not looking "past" them by no means...cause just from looking at the regular season matchups we knew that the match up will be intense. I only hope that Michael Cooper will play the "match ups and the hot hand"...Betty Lennox has to be on the floor, she is the best rebounding guard we have. Oh and Ashley Robinson, thanks for waking up the "bullies."