Game #26 San Antonio Silver Stars vs Tulsa Shock Game Recap

The playoffs are fading away for the  Silver Stars this season as they lost to the Tulsa Shock by a final score of 73-67.  The Stars are now 9-17 this season and 3-11 on the road. It looks more and more likely that Seattle will be the last team to qualify for the 2013 Western Conference playoffs. My game recap of the game is below along with notes from the game.

GAME RECAP

TULSA

August 23, 2013

The Silver Stars knew heading into Tulsa that getting into the playoffs over Seattle was going to be tough. And now with a loss against Tulsa, it became even more difficult. The Silver Stars streak of going to the playoffs since 2007 will most likely end in 2013. The Silver Stars were playing the game without their All Star and WNBA assists leader Danielle Robinson as she was a game time decision. However, she did travel to Tulsa. The Stars struggled in the first half as they couldn’t score and Tulsa took full advantage of it and led 18-8 after the first quarter. The second quarter featured much of the same with the Stars struggling to score for minutes at a time and the Shock stretched their lead 40-22 at half time. It was the Silver Stars second straight bad 1st half of play. The third and fourth quarter finally saw the Silver Stars play defense, and made Elizabeth Cambage work for her points. The Stars managed to get the lead down to single digits many times, but didn’t have enough time to pull out the come back win and the Shock survived to win 73-67. Elizabeth Cambage and Glory Johnson both combined for 35 points and 12 rebounds for Tulsa while Shameka Christon had a season high 18 points and Shenise Johnson had 13 points and 8 rebounds to lead San Antonio. The Silver Stars and the Shock play a week from now and the series is tied at 1 game apiece. The Silver Stars play a home and home series next against Seattle which starts on Sunday.

NOTES + OBSERVATIONS

  • There were two games in that game. The first half featured the Shock’s ability to play well dictated through their talented center in Liz Cambage and All Star Glory Johnson. In the first half, the Stars lack of depth showed as well as inability to score in quarters this season whether Danielle Robinson plays or not.
  • In the second half, the game featured SASS ability to play through adverse situations and how they’ve responded to them this season. It featured SASS defense on Liz Cambage, SASS’s players playing gritty and how they usually play at home. It also featured Tulsa’s inability to close out games and their youth definitely was in focus. If SASS had more time, they would’ve pulled out the comeback win.
  • Nice to see the young players from SA play with more time. I’ve seen glimpses of good post play from Kayla Alexander, some good moments from Davellyn White and a little bit of promise from Chelsea Poppens. I’ve seen Shenise Johnson (despite her ups and downs) become a better player than she was when she was a rookie last year.
  • Glad the game was on FSSW and not the regular Tulsa feed. I’ve heard interesting things from people who’ve watched the Tulsa feed this season. Also, it’s remarkable how different TV games are then those without TV. Wow. I wish all 34 games were on TV for every team in the league. 
  • Despite out rebounding 36-23, they still lost. Rebounding is still only a part of the story. In the end, all it matters is the final score.
  • I really hope Danielle Robinson can play next game. She’s having one heck of a stellar season despite the team’s record and I hope she finishes the season on a strong note.
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Game #25 San Antonio Silver Stars vs Indiana Fever Game Day Recap

Danielle Adams
Danielle Adams tries to save the ball from going out of bounds. Danielle had 17 points as San Antonio lost 80-63 to Indiana at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Photo courtesy of Susan J. Wilden of SportsPageMagazine.com

The San Antonio Silver Stars fell to the Indiana Fever by a final score of 80-63. Danielle Adams led the way for SA with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Shavonte Zellous had 20 points for Indiana. The Silver Stars drop to 9-16 on the season and 3-10 on the road. The Silver Stars next opponent is Tulsa on Friday and the good news is that the Stars only have 4 more road games to play this season, including the one on Friday at Tulsa. My game recap is below, along with game observations and notes.

GAME RECAP

Indianapolis

August 21, 2013

The San Antonio Silver Stars were looking to fix their road problems when they came to Indiana as they were 3-9 on the road this season. However, their road troubles continued as Indiana was able to pull out the victory and improve to .500 at home. The Silver Stars are now 3-10 on the road this season. That wasn’t the last of the Silver Star problems. Already short with their best two players, Danielle Robinson didn’t play in the second half as she injured her right knee during the last minutes of the 1st half. Danielle Robinson was leading the WNBA in assists per game with 6.9 and her status is not yet known. The Fever controlled this game thanks largely in part to San Antonio’s 19 turnovers compared to Indiana’s 12. They also managed to keep players in foul trouble making things even more difficult for San Antonio. Indiana led the first quarter by six 19-13 and built on a 22-12 run in the second quarter due to Tamika Catchings scoring 15 points. They built a 41-25 lead at half time. In the third quarter, San Antonio made it interesting when Davellyn White made two threes which cut Indiana’s lead to 44-37. However, IND was able to re take the lead thanks to Shavonte Zellous who was stellar in the second half. She had 20 points in her first game back from a foot injury. San Antonio never recovered and Indiana ran away with the game by a final score of 80-63.

GAME NOTES + OBSERVATIONS

  •  I sure hope Danielle Robinson is ok. The Silver Stars are not just the same without her leadership and her ability to run the team.
  • Chelsea Poppens played in her second game for San Antonio. She had 3 points, and was active offensively. She struggles defensively which is to be expected and I thought she was decent. She still has a long way to go before she becomes a good player.
  • Indiana’s Fever LiveAccess was sharp and the Fever had a decent attendance for a Wednesday evening with 7,416 people. It looked sparse, but full at the same time
  • This was an ugly game for SA. Not worth watching again for San Antonio fans.

Game #24 Phoenix Mercury vs San Antonio Silver Stars Game Day Recap

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Danielle Robinson had 20 points and 8 assists as the Silver Stars won 88-82 against the Phoenix Mercury on Breast Cancer Awareness Night at the AT&T Center. Photo courtesy of Daniel Clarke Evans

Oops. I completely forgot to do the game recap for this game on Sunday and got way too busy on Monday to do it. But, without any further delay, below is my version of the game that was played on Saturday and my usual notes & observations from the game are below that.

GAME RECAP

San Antonio

The San Antonio Silver Stars had lost a previously winnable game against the Seattle Storm slip away last weekend and didn’t want a repeat against the Phoenix Mercury. The Silver Stars put on their best offensive performance of the season with 88 points and 42% from the field and three point land and 90% from the FT line. Danielle Adams who joined the 1000 point club was the leading scorer along with Danielle Robinson who also had 8 assists. Jia Perkins had 18 points and Shenise Johnson added 15. The Silver Stars struggled in the opening minutes of the game but were able to quickly adjust and led at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Silver Stars were able to be effective offensively and were beginning to run away with the game when the Phoenix Mercury began to strike back and made it a game with San Antonio on top 45-37 at halftime. The third quarter featured runs from both teams and at one point the Mercury were within striking distance at 5 but could never close the game and San Antonio was able to take advantage going into the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Silver Stars managed to keep the Mercury from stealing the game and won the game by a final score of 88-82. 10,096 people were at the AT&T Center to catch a glimpse of the historical pink court and some came for the Mercury’s Brittney Griner who was playing in her last Texas appearance this season. The Silver Stars are now .500 at home and are 2-1 in the 5 game series against Phoenix. The Silver Stars play the final two games of the series in Phoenix later this season. The Silver Stars next oppenent is Indiana who they face Wednesday on the road.

Notes + Observations

  • Congrats to Cathrine Kraayeveld and Danielle Adams on reaching 1000 points and 1000 rebounds respectively! It’s an amazing accomplishment to show for what they have achieved in this league so far.
  • The Silver Stars managed to neutralize Brittney Griner by double teaming her and keeping her out of her comfort zone. I felt that Jayne Appel did a reasonable job of defending her as Griner was only limited to 6 points.  
  • The best offensive performance of the season by the Silver Stars. They shot really well from the three point land and from the field. It was just nice to see them shooting well after many games of sub par shooting and struggling to score in other games.
  • When the Silver Stars have some time off to prepare for their next opponent, they do well. When they don’t scout and prepare for their next opponent, they struggle. Time really is the essence for the Silver Stars. They play like a competitive playoff team when rested as compared to a struggling, non competitive team on either a day or no days rest.
  • Shenise Johnson is officially the Silver Stars important player. When she plays well, the team wins. When she struggles, the team often struggles to find its balance.  It used to be Jayne Appel, but now that she’s improving every day not only defensively, but offensively as well, she’s found her footing and can be counted or relied upon to play well in every single game, rather than one game here or two games from now, etc.
  • The pink court looks weird from TV and liveaccess point of view. It probably looked nice in person but it didn’t look that aesthetically pleasing on my computer screen.
  • Chelsea Poppens played in this game. I have no thoughts on her yet because it’s just too early and considering this is my first time watching her play, she didn’t play enough to make an impression as to what kind of player she will be.
  • There’s just only 11 games left this season. The Stars are 2 games behind the fourth place Seattle Storm and will play them this week. They will need both victories against the Storm other wise Seattle will make the playoffs.

Game #23 San Antonio Silver Stars vs Seattle Storm Game Day Recap

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Temeka Johnson drives to the basket against Jayne Appel. The Storm won 69-63 at Key Arena in Seattle

The San Antonio Silver Stars lose to the Seattle Storm and are now 2 games back from Seattle for fourth place in the Western Conference. The Silver Stars drop to 8-15 while Seattle improves to 10-12. Seattle is now .500 at home while the Silver Stars are 3-9 on the road.  Jia Perkins had 19 points for San Antonio. My game recap is below along with notes and observations from watching the game on Live Access.

GAME RECAP

SEATTLE – August 11th 2013

San Antonio had just won convincingly against the Seattle Storm on Friday and were looking to do the same on Sunday evening. However, Seattle had other plans.  From the beginning, Seattle was the aggressor and fought for rebounds and found ways to score in their transition game. Seattle was also able to get the ball to its main scorer in Tina Thompson and Camille Little were able to find ways to score and be effective in the first half. Tanisha Wright also got involved as well. Seattle led 41-26 at half time. In the third quarter, San Antonio started to pick up their defense and forced turnovers and missed shots by Seattle. They were never able to get close as Seattle was able to keep them at bay and led by 11 going into the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter, Seattle started to get away from what worked for them in the first 3 quarters and San Antonio picked up the pace defensively and offensively. Jia Perkins was able to knock down some shots and Kayla Alexander had a great 5 minute stretch in the fourth quarter in which she had 5 points and 4 rebounds. She was able to keep the Stars within distance but Tina Thompson was able to score every single time the Storm needed a basket. Jia Perkins was able to bring the Stars to within 4, but Seattle scored again thanks to Tina Thompson who led Seattle with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Tanisha Wright finished with 16 points.  Seattle is now 2-1 in the series and 1-1 on this home stand with San Antonio. Seattle will play San Antonio soon and will be on another home and home stand but this time it will be in San Antonio. The Stars don’t play again until Aug 17th when Phoenix comes into town.

NOTES + OBSERVATIONS

  • – That was a scrappy game. Neither team was able to establish themselves offensively and Seattle was able to win because of timely baskets from Tina Thompson who is the Storm’s MVP for this season. 
  • Danielle Adams struggled in this series. It might be because of the match ups and it’s pretty rare to see her struggle like she did. I do suspect that she’ll be back and ready to go when SASS plays Phoenix next.
  • Tina Thompson is awesome. No, really she’s awesome. Every single time Seattle needed her, she was there. In fact, in games that Seattle has won, Tina has been or usually near the high scorer for that game. I would nominate her for Storm’s MVP and one of the leaders in the MVP race. She’s also 8 rebounds shy from 3000 rebounds which is remarkable. I mean, 7000 + points and 3000 rebounds? Pretty special player and very remarkable.
  • Jayne Appel had her best game as a pro. This is the game in which Stars fans were expecting when Dan Hughes drafted her 5th in the 2010 draft class. She had 11 points, 16 rebounds, SIX blocked shots, 3 assists and defensively as usually was great. She’s getting better and better every year and San Antonio finally has their center to play alongside Sophia Young. She’s also in my most improved player candidates along with Karima Christmas of Indiana and Jantel Lavender of Los Angeles.
  • Neither team shot well but Seattle won in FT’s and rebounds. 
  • Danielle Adams now is 3 points shy of 1000 points while Cathrine Kraayeveld is 3 rebounds shy from 1000 rebounds.
  • Jia Perkins had 5 steals and is one of the top 5 leaders in steals this season while Danielle Robinson had 6 assists despite poor shooting from SASS. Danielle still leads the league with 7 assists.

 

Game #21 Minnesota Lynx vs San Antonio Silver Stars Game Recap

Despite a season high 31 points from Danielle Adams the Silver Stars lost to Minnesota 93-80 at the AT&T Center. Photo courtesy of Daniel Clarke Evans/NBAE/Getty Images

Well, at least it was entertaining. The San Antonio Silver Stars lost to the Minnesota Lynx for the fourth time this season and for the first time were swept by another Western Conference opponent. The Silver Stars dropped to 7-14 on the season and below .500 at home while Minnesota wins its 10th straight game and improves to 17-3 on the season.

For more coverage of the game, here’s the official recap with highlights, photos, post game videos, etc.

My game recap is below, along with my usual notes and observations.

GAME RECAP

AUGUST 6TH 2013

SAN ANTONIO

The Silver Stars had played better in the last couple of weeks and had won 3 out of 5 coming into the Minnesota game.  But, the Silver Stars had previously lost to the Minnesota Lynx a couple of nights ago and were handed another defeat losing by a final score of 93-80. The Minnesota Lynx were just too deadly as they shot nearly 57% from the field. Maya Moore had 26 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists while Seimone Augustus and Rebekkah Brunson added 21 and 20 points apiece. Lindsay Whalen who had been playing well for the last month had a double double with 11 points and 10 assists.  The San Antonio Silver Stars were able to play the Minnesota Lynx well enough for 3 and a haf quarters before Minnesota took off and eventually won the game with ease. Danielle Adams was superb as she tried to single handly win the game for the Silver Stars. Danielle Robinson had 8 rebounds and 10 assists while Jia Perkins added 16 points.  Jayne Appel was held to 3 rebounds after nearly averaging 13 a game her previous 4 games. The Silver Stars were swept by the Minnesota Lynx 4-0 and were swept for the first time by an Western Conference opponent. The Silver Stars will now try to regroup as they head into Seattle for an upcoming and rare two game matchup with the Seattle Storm. The Stars are 2-7 on the road this season.

 

NOTES + OBSERVATIONS

  • There was no defence in this game. It was up and down, shoot 3 pointers, get layups, get fouled for 3 point plays. etc. In many ways it was entertaining game between these two teams
  • The Silver Stars kept the game close for the majority of the game which was nice to see and it was much better than their previous two games against the Minnesota Lynx. In game 1 of the series, the Stars were also able to keep it close and so game 4 had a similar feel.
  • The reason why Jayne Appel had 3 rebounds was because the guards and forwards were rebounding the ball instead. Maya Moore had 10 rebounds, Seimone Augustus had 7, Brunson had 6, Robinson had 8, etc. It’s hard to rebound when everyone else is grabbing the ball.
  • Its the Danielles show in 2013. These two 3rd year players are really shining in a year where the Silver Stars are struggling. Danielle Robinson gets better every game and Danielle Adams is getting better with every game she starts in. It’s sort of reminding me of Danielle’s rookie year in 2011 in which she was great and named an All Star after being selected as a third round pick.
  • The Lynx are good. Really good. And I’m glad that the series is over because this entire series has been a mismatch for the Stars and it clearly showed in all four games in which only 2 were competitive
  • Shenise Johnson has been disappointing the last couple of games. She’s disappeared completely. The Stars need her in order to be competitive and hopefully she’s not going through that sophomore slump.
  • Delisha Milton Jones should be back in action soon. I would say in a week or 2 weeks

Game #20 San Antonio Silver Stars vs Tulsa Shock Game Recap

Jayne Appel goes in for a layup against Elizabeth Cambage. San Antonio won against Tulsa 69 – 65 at the AT&T Center. Photo courtesy of Daniel Clarke Evans, NBAE/Getty Images

Well, that was some kind of game wasn’t it? I’m just happy that the game is over. San Antonio won its 7th game and are now tied with Tulsa in terms of wins. Because Tulsa has played 2 more games and have lost both of them, San Antonio moves ahead into 5th place. San Antonio is now 5-5 at home.  The game recap is below, followed by the usual notes and observations from the game.

GAME RECAP

ANEELA KHAN

SAN ANTONIO – AUGUST 4TH 2013

Coming into this game, San Antonio suffered another blow out loss to Minnesota on the road. After having one of the worst road records in the WNBA, San Antonio was looking forward to playing at the AT&T Center.  The Silver Stars were able to hang on and win against Tulsa, one of their key playoff rivals and win just their seventh game of this season.  The Silver Stars were led by Danielle Robinson who had 19 points and 9 assists, Jia Perkins who had 18 points but it was Jayne Appel’s performance that ultimately gave the Silver Stars the win.  The game started off with Tulsa scoring the first 5 points before San Antonio went on a 10 – 0 run.  San Antonio was up by the end of the 1st quarter 22- 15. In the second quarter, Liz Cambage began to score and the Shock went on a run of their own and led at half time 35-33. The third quarter featured many runs. Tulsa started out hot by giving the ball to Liz who was able to score and were up early 43-33 in the third quarter. San Antonio was able to come back and tie the game going into the fourth quarter at 55 apiece.  The fourth quarter was where Jayne Appel had her impact. She was able to defend Liz Cambage well, and rebounded well for the fourth straight game. She also banked in a three pointer which was needed as the Silver Stars had trouble scoring for much of the fourth quarter.  Despite Tulsa’s efforts to bring the game closer, San Antonio was able to hang on and win.

 

NOTES + OBSERVATIONS

  • That was one UGLY game. Not pretty at all. Both teams shot 38% from the floor and TUL had 25 FT attempts, 12 of them which they missed. TUL had 19 turnovers which lead to 22 of SAN points.
  • Danielle Robinson continues her stellar play. She had 19 points and 9 assists and was able to bother both of the Shock guards and keep them from having an impact.
  • Jayne Appel was the player of the game. She had 9 points (although she missed an easy layup), 13 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 assists and 3 blocks. San Antonio needed her performance in order to win this game. If Jayne continues to play like this for the rest of the season and next year, she’ll be in the running for Most Improved.
  • Jia Perkins also had a bounce back performance with 18 points
  • Glory Johnson is an work horse. Literally. I can see why she was an All – Star this year. This is the first time I’ve seen her play and she truly grabs every rebound she can, is a good post player and gets to the free throw line quite frequently. I even think she should be the MVP candidate over Liz Cambage because of her consistency.  I can also see why alot of WNBA fans are becoming fans of Glory Johnson. She’s a good player, there’s no doubt about that.
  • Liz Cambage is a game changer. Her ability to block shots and alter the way a team plays, is quite remarkable. Only two players can be game changers in the league and that’s Liz Cambage and Brittney Griner.

 

San Antonio now plays on Tuesday against the Minnesota Lynx before they go to Seattle to play a rare away and away game stand this weekend.

Game #19 San Antonio Silver Stars vs Minnesota Lynx Game Recap (Quick Hits Version)

Danielle Robinson goes for the layup against Sugar Rodgers. San Antonio lost 85-63 to Minnesota at Target Center.

The Minnesota Lynx were just too much for the Silver Stars to handle and the Stars fell to the Lynx for the third time this series. The Lynx improved to 15-3 and have won 8 straight games. The Silver Stars fell to 6-13 and became the worst team in the Western Conference (lower winning percentage) after Tulsa won against LA on Friday night.  The Silver Stars were playing in their first game back after the All Star break. The Silver Stars are now 2-7 on the road this season. There’s not much to recap on this game, other than the fact that the Silver Stars were in the game for at least 2 and half quarters before Minnesota made their run and San Antonio could not recover quickly enough to come back.  Shameka Christon led SA with 15 points on 5 made three pointers.

Quick mini notes + observations

  • The Minnesota Lynx starting 5 was too much to handle for the Silver Stars. Seimone Augustus had 18 points, Maya Moore had 16, and the rest of the Lynx All Stars led the way in rebounds & assists. It’s hard to beat an oppenent when their opponent is on top of their game.
  • No balanced scoring for the Silver Stars — Jia Perkins, Shenise Johnson, Danielle Adams all struggled shooting from the field. As I have written in most of my game previews, it’s hard to win if Silver Stars aren’t getting more than 1 or 2 double digit scorers this year.
  • The X Factor — Monica Wright. It’s hard to beat a team that’s playing well and as well as a bench player. No one from the Stars could stop Wright from scoring as she led the Lynx bench with 14 points.

The Silver Stars next game is against the Tulsa Shock before they meet the Minnesota Lynx for the fourth and final time on Tuesday.