WNBA Seattle Storm vs. Phoenix Mercury June 21st, 2006


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1.jpg Kristin and Belinda looking happy before the game.
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2.jpg LJ and Sue are on the All-Decade Team.
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3.jpg Of course Ticha Pinechero had the most assists for six of those ten seasons but who am I to judge?
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5.jpg Kamila still looks happy!
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9.jpg Betty making an unscheduled fan appearance.
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12.jpg Yikes, Cappy is playing really good defense.
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14.jpg Foul! And a fadeaway to make it a shooting foul.
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21.jpg What? They're actually calling this contact like they said they would a couple of seasons ago?
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22.jpg OK this is not good. Tanisha is dribbling with very little control here...
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23.jpg ...so DT just literally reaches in and grabs the ball from her...
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24.jpg ...yoink!
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25.jpg No jumpball and no foul. That's how clean it was.
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27.jpg This is weird. I can't remember any other time that Sue went to the foul line in the first half. Ever.
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28.jpg I didn't know she aimed free throws with her tongue either.
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29.jpg Another good blast to the basket.
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30.jpg A lazy pass from Betty and a lazy non-catch from Izzy...
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31.jpg ...and another Storm turnover.
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33.jpg You know you're going to be in for a night of good officiating when the refs start arguing with DT in the middle of them.
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35.jpg Again a quick Mercury guard gets a mitten on our ball.
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38.jpg Well at least Kamila fouled her.
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39.jpg Yeah, it's LJ's fault that DT can't keep her balance.
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40.jpg See how well this works defensively?
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41.jpg Notice how the Mercury folks are in the refs' faces more than we are?
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45.jpg Keep those fouls comin' Kamila!
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48.jpg I think Shaun was trying to make it look like Tiffani was being fouled!
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50.jpg Here's how a lot of our defense was in the second half: guards getting great open looks at impossible distances from the basket, yet still making the damn shots.
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52.jpg Tiffani messing up a Mercury pass.
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57.jpg Enough of Mercury imfluencing the refs. It's time to turn on the ol' Sue Bird charm...
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58.jpg ...OK it didn't work.
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60.jpg Lacy went down and no call. Good!
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62.jpg No, Kamila!
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63.jpg OK nevermind, Kamila!
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64.jpg Here's a memorable moment...
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65.jpg ...LJ tries to prevent Lacy from getting the rebound. I don't know if this is legal or not...
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66.jpg ...but it makes no difference because Lacy steps forward and pulls LJ to the floor and grabs the ball with her other arm...
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67.jpg ...out of nothing but frustration, LJ simply grabs Lacy's shoulder, committing a foul.
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71.jpg LJ is not having fun tonight. I think even Lacy can relate to what she's saying.
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73.jpg Now our guards are getting beat by simple screens.
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75.jpg Cappie blasts right past Tanisha...
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76.jpg ...BT tries to step in her way but Cappie sees this and still shoots right past her.
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78.jpg Now Cappie shoots past Betty and Tiffani has no choice but to foul her.
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79.jpg 79.jpg WNBA secret: when players appear to be wiping their face off with their jerseys, often they're saying words they don't want their fans to see them saying.
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80.jpg Now Cappie is getting so much space, she can't believe it. Neither can I.
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81.jpg Cappie takes advantage of this space by driving into the paint...
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82.jpg ...which turns our defense into a bunch of players waving tneir arms at nothing...
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83.jpg ...Cappie just turns this into an easy layup.
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84.jpg Again, our guards are getting stuck behind simple screens...
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85.jpg ...Shaun should catch up with Cappie any day now.
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86.jpg Here's something Paul Westhead never dealt with in the NBA: trying to have a conference with his coaches while hundreds of loud kids are running around him.
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87.jpg Way to go, kids!
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89.jpg Betty commits her third or fourth blocking foul of the night. She never figured out that the refs weren't going to let her do that.
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90.jpg Desperate times call for desperate measures. BT is about to do what we complain that other teams do...
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91.jpg Yes, yes, yes, it was a flop. But it got called!
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92.jpg DT, I couldn't agree with you more, nor could I care less at this point.
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93.jpg Once I saw Sue crouched down on the floor in frustration, it was game over.