The Silver Stars didn’t have enough energy and it showed with a 67-80 loss to the second place Los Angeles Sparks. The Stars are now 7-8 at home and only have 2 home games left to play. They are also 11-19 on the season. Jia Perkins led SA with 25 points and Jayne Appel had 10 points and 12 rebounds. The Stars loss meant that Seattle has clinched a playoff berth and 3 teams in the Western Conference are set. The Stars playoff hopes are fading away but as long as Phoenix doesn’t clinch, there is still hope. The Stars now get a couple of days rest and will play next Friday Sept 6 at Phoenix.
San Antonio – August 31, 2013
The Stars knew heading into this game that they would need to dig in within themselves and find ways to compete with one of the top teams in the WNBA the Los Angeles Sparks. They also knew they had to play well and compete after they suffered two of their biggest blowout losses this season in Los Angeles. Alas, it was just not meant to be. The Stars struggled shooting in the game at 35% from the field and 33% from three. The Sparks had command of this game from the beginning and the Stars did try to claw back into the game but could not get within more than 5 points. The Sparks All Stars were too much for San Antonio to handle as Candace Parker had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Kristi Toliver had 15 points and Nneka Ogwumike had 19 points and 10 rebounds. Jia Perkins led the way for San Antonio with 25 points and Jayne Appel had 10 points and 12 rebounds. San Antonio now gets a couple days of rest after a busy month of games played in August.
GAME NOTES + OBSERVATIONS
Too much LA firepower for San Antonio. SASS didn’t stand a chance when all 3 All Stars are playing well and getting help from the bench from Marissa Coleman and Jantel Lavender. SASS also hasn’t played well against LA this season dropping their third straight game to LA. LA wins the series against San Antonio 3 games to 1. Other teams that have won the season series against SA this season are (Chicago 2-0, MINN 4-0, SEA 3-2, IND 2-0, WASH 2-0)
Silver linings in loss. Jayne Appel continues to play well and get better. She had a double double 10 points and 12 rebounds. Kayla Alexander also played well off the bench with 5 rebounds and 4 rebounds. Chelsea Poppens also had a career high 8 rebounds in the loss.
Tough season and game for SA. SA didn’t have Davellyn Whyte as she was battling an illness. Danielle Robinson hasn’t played in two weeks either. Would be nice to get an update from the team on her status.
The Silver Stars are back at it after their win against Tulsa yesterday. The Stars will need to keep winning if they stand a shot of getting into the playoffs. The Stars are facing one of the top teams in the Western Conference in the LA Sparks who have a 20-8 record and are 7-6 on the road this season. The Sparks are 2-1 against the Stars in the 4 game series. This will also be the last time the Stars see the Sparks this season. The Stars are 11-18 and 7-7 at home this season. It’s also Military Appreciation Night at the AT&t Center which is always nice to see and to thank all those who did service overseas.
Probable Starting Lineup for the Los Angeles Sparks
PG – Lindsey Harding
SG – Kristi Toliver
SF – Alana Beard
F – Nneka Ogwumike
F – Candace Parker
Probable Starting Lineup for the San Antonio Silver Stars
1. Contain the Sparks All Stars – Candace Parker, Nneka Ogwumike and Kristi Toliver all have unique aspects to their games that makes it difficult to defend them. Candace can be a matchup nightmare and Danielle Adams as well as Jayne Appel will have their hands full trying to guard her. Nneka Ogwumike is able to get to the basket at will and will also be a tough matchup for Shenise Johnson. Kristi Toliver is a scorer who can get hot in a hurry and Jia Perkins as well as Davellyn Whyte will need to make sure that she doesn’t score 20 points or more. If the Stars can guard all 3 players and make their lives difficult they can steal the game away from the Sparks. All 11 players will be needed to stop one of the top offenses in the WNBA this season.
2. Find energy – The Stars will be at one point, have low energy and their legs will be tired. They will need to find a way or will themselves into getting to the basket and finding ways to either score or defend. If they can find some energy or be able to stay in the game, the Stars can win the game.
3. NO X-Factor – Don’t let any of the Sparks bench players have a great game otherwise it will make the task of defending that much harder. If the Stars can limit the bench points, they have a great shot of winning the game.
The game will be on WNBA LiveAccess and should also be on TWC SportsNet for those that live in LA. The game will tip off at 7 pm local time, 8 pm EST and 5 pm PST.
That was probably the second most dominating game for the Silver Stars this season after their blowout win in Seattle. The Stars were able to lead in the second Q and were able to hold off the Tulsa Shock to win by a final score of 74-65. Jia Perkins led the team in scoring with 19 points. The Stars are now 11-18 on the season and 4-11 on the road. The Stars now head home to face the Sparks today in their final home game in August. My game recap is below, along with notes and observations.
Tulsa – August 30, 2013
The Stars suffered a heart break last second loss against Seattle which decreased their chance of going to the playoffs. However, their heart and fight didn’t let them give up on the season and it showed on the court Friday night. The Stars were still without Danielle Robinson while the Shock were without Liz Cambage (ankle sprain) and PG Angel Goodrich (illness). The Silver Stars were down 1 after the first quarter 15-14 and it looked like it was going to be a battle between these two teams when the Silver Stars were able to take control in the game thanks to Shameka Christon who had 8 points in the second quarter. The Stars had their best quarter of the season outscoring the Shock by 15 points 28-13. The Stars had a commanding lead at half time 44-28 in which they shot 60% from the field and 40% from three. In the second half, the Shock responded to the Stars but the Stars were able to hold on firmly to the lead despite Tulsa’s repeated attempts to cut the lead down to 9 points. But, the Stars were just too much for the Shock and they were able to pull out the victory. SASS centers Jayne Appel, Danielle Adams and Kayla Alexander were too much for the Shock to handle as they had 26 points and 22 rebounds combined respectively. With their loss, the Shock were the first team to be eliminated from the playoffs for the fourth straight season. The Stars are now 11-18 and 4-11 on the road. The Stars face the Sparks on Military Appreciation Night at the AT&T Center tomorrow night.
GAME NOTES + OBSERVATIONS
Nice win for San Antonio after a tough loss against Seattle on Tuesday. The Stars looked like a playoff team against Tulsa who was missing their two starters.
The Stars got a balanced scoring effort from the team as Jia Perkins had 19 points alongside Shenise Johnson’s 13 points, Danielle Adams 10 points and Jayne Appel’s 8 points/11 rebs. They also got plenty of bench scoring with 22 points from Shameka Christon, Cathrine Kraayeveld and Kayla Alexander.
Despite the 7 TO’s from Skylar Diggins, I thought she played well for the Shock. She had 9 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds. She controlled the game and even gave the Shock a lift to try to come back in this game.
It’s game day for the Silver Stars as they face the Tulsa Shock on the road for the final time this season. The Stars are 3-11 on the road and needless to say, they need some road wins. This is a battle of two struggling teams who don’t want to be the last team in their conference. Danielle Robinson who hasn’t played in a week since straining her right knee in Indiana on Aug. 21 has traveled with the team and is a game time decision. Liz Cambage, who hurt her ankle in Tulsa’s last game, might not play in this game. The Stars are 10-18 while the Shock are 9-19 so far.
Probable Starting Lineup for the Silver Stars
PG – Davellyn Whyte
SG – Jia Perkins
SF – Shenise Johnson
F/C – Danielle Adams
C – Jayne Appel
Probable Starting Lineup for the Tulsa Shock
PG – Angel Goodrich
SG – Candice Wiggins
SF – Nicole Powell
PF – Glory Johnson
C – Courtney Paris
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Contain Glory Johnson – Glory Johnson is going to be tough to handle and the Silver Stars will have to make sure that she won’t have a good game otherwise it will be a long night for the Silver Stars. They will need to make sure that they can reduce her impact in the game by double and triple teaming her every chance they get.
2. Keep up the energy – Last game, the Stars were able to play through the entire game with energy. They never gave up, and still battled until the final possession. They will need to do more of the same and maintain it especially on the road when you need to play your best game.
3. Don’t let others beat you – Make sure, the other Shock players who normally don’t play well, have a field day against the Stars. It’s not just about defending the Shock’s best players but their entire team as well. They will need to defend Riquna Williams who is a scorer as well as Roneeka Hodges who always seems to play well against San Antonio.
The game will be on LiveAccess and will be in Tulsa at the BOK Center. Tip off will be at 7 pm local time, 8 pm EST and 5 pm PST.
I FINALLY got the chance to write the game recap, sorry it’s a couple of days late. I wanted to re watch the game and see what actually happened when they’re were only 1.7 seconds left on the clock. It was the most bizarre loss ever, followed by that narrow 2 point loss to the Chicago Sky this season when Elena Delle Donne was fouled and made two game winning free throws. The Silver Stars lost their oppurtunity to gain ground in the playoff race and for the first time since 2007, the Silver Stars are in danger of missing the playoffs. The Silver Stars are now 10-18 with only 6 games left to play. They play back to back Friday and Saturday games before getting a bit of a break. I have the game recap of the game, along with my notes and observations below.
SAN ANTONIO – AUGUST 27TH 2013
The San Antonio Silver Stars came into this game ready and willing to fight for a playoff spot against the Seattle Storm. They were just about able to do just that, as Seattle won a hair 72-71. The Silver Stars and the Storm were neck and neck throughout the night with several lead changes and ties. Tina Thompson who was playing in her last season, played her final game in Texas and was remarkable with an astounding 27 points and 13 rebounds. Most of Tina’s points came in the first half in which she was too much for Danielle Adams and Jayne Appel to handle. The Stars were tied with Seattle 31 at half. In the third quarter, Seattle started to pull away, but the Silver Stars managed to keep it close and Seattle was only ahead by one after 3 50-49. In the fourth quarter, both teams were able to match each other point by point and the game had a playoff like intensity feel to it. Seattle was able to take control of the game with about 40 secs left when Seattle’s point guard Temeka Johnson drove by Davellyn Whyte and the help defender Jayne Appel to the basket and was able to score. The score was 69-64 and Seattle had a potential game winner. However, after two free throws by Tina Thompson which extended the lead to 7 72-65, Shenise Johnson was able to counter with a 3 which cut Seattle’s lead to 4. With 7.5 seconds left, Seattle thought they had the game won. However, Shenise Johnson had other plans. She was able to steal the ball away from Tina Thompson and quickly gave the ball up to Jia Perkins who cut the Storm lead down to 1 72-71 with 1.7 seconds left. With Seattle only left to inbound the ball and make winning free throws, they were careless and Jia Perkins was able to steal the ball and throw up an awkward looking shot which never hit the rim and Tina Thompson was able to grab the loose ball. San Antonio was elated, and thought that they would get another shot at trying to win the game. The referees decided because the game clock didn’t start, that the game was essentially over and just like that, Seattle’s playoff chances improved dramatically. It was a tough loss for the Silver Stars who had played well through the whole game but just came up short. With just only 6 games left to play in the regular season, all the Silver Stars can do now is play well and look forward to what next year will bring. The Stars are now 10-18 on the season with 7-7 record at home. The Stars now head out to Tulsa on Friday and come back Saturday to face the Sparks at home.
GAME NOTES + OBSERVATIONS
First of all, that was a GAME! That was a playoff like game. Seriously, it was so much fun to watch and comment both on Twitter and on SwishAppeal. The Stars should applaud themselves. They didn’t play like a team that’s lost their 3 best players, but rather a team that was focused and determined on winning the game.
Second, Tina Thompson is my pick for MVP. No, seriously she is. Her numbers might not be as great as the other candidates but every time the Storm win, her numbers been consistently high and the reason why the Storm win. It was a great way for her to go out like that in Texas where she played for Houston and the state in which she won 4 WNBA Championships. She’s truly a living legend. I’m definitely going to miss her play next season and I wish Tina all the best towards all her future ventures in life.
Third, that was a brutal loss. I’m sorry, but that was. How can you you just end the game like that? Why not play the final 1.7 secs on center court? How can you declare the game over? Too many questions and not enough answers. I wasn’t even playing the game and I’m still seething over the result.
Fourth, that crowd at the AT&T Center looked awfully low for a Tuesday night. Really bad. I don’t remember it being that low ever. Too bad more fans weren’t there at the arena. They would’ve loved this game.
Fifth, I wonder when Danielle Robinson can play again. She’s a really fun player to watch and SASS isn’t the same without her.
Sixth…I can’t believe the season is almost over. WOW! 4 months have flown by.
Seventh. The Stars face the Shock in Tulsa next and then face LA. Not a fun B2B, that’s for sure.
The Stars are finishing a 5 game series against the Seattle Storm tonight at the AT&T Center. Both teams are 2-2 and the team that wins tonight will get the advantage of making the playoffs over the other. This is also the 2nd game of a home and home stand. The Silver Stars are 7-6 at home this season. They only have 4 home games left to play in the regular season including tonight. It will also be the last time Tina Thompson plays in San Antonio as she is retiring after this season. There’s still no update on Danielle Robinson, but as I have stated before, she’s most likely day to day and a game time decision.
Probable Starting Lineup for the Seattle Storm
PG – Temeka Johnson
SG – Tanisha Wright
G/F – Shekinna Stricklen
F – Camille Little
F – Tina Thompson
Probable Starting Lineups for the San Antonio Silver Stars
PG – Davellyn Whyte
SG – Jia Perkins
SF – Shenise Johnson
F/C – Danielle Adams
C – Jayne Appel
There will be no three keys to this game in this preview, since it is game 2 of the home and home stand. The three keys shall return against the next Silver Stars opponent!
The game will be on LiveAccess and wilL tip off at 7 pm local time, 8 pm EST and 5 pm PST.