Game #29 San Antonio Silver Stars vs Tulsa Shock Game Recap

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.

GAME RECAP

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.

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

Danielle Robinson
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 #24 Phoenix Mercury vs San Antonio Silver Stars Game Day Preview

The Silver Stars are FINALLY back in action after 5 days. The Silver Stars are facing the Phoenix Mercury on a historic pink court for Breast Cancer Awareness week throughout the league. The Silver Stars are looking to get back on track after splitting the two game road stand with Seattle. The Silver Stars are 5-6 at home this season and need every game from now on out to get into the playoffs. The Silver Stars are 1-1 against the Mercury this season. They will play 2 more times after today.

Probable Starting Lineups for the Phoenix Mercury

G – Diana Taurasi

G – Brianna Gilbreath

F – Dewanna Bonner

F – Candice Dupree  or Charde Houston

C – Brittney Griner

Probable Starting Lineups for the Silver Stars

PG – Danielle Robinson

SG – Jia Perkins

F – Shenise Johnson

F/C – Danielle Adams

C – Jayne Appel

THREE KEYS TO THE GAME

1. Make Brittney Griner work – Last time when the Stars and the Mercury met up, Brittney Griner was able to be effective and score easily in the post against the Star defenders. The Silver Stars will need to make Brittney Griner play out of her comfort zone and defend her well enough to ensure she doesn’t have another big night against the Stars.

2. Everyone scores – All of the Silver Stars will need to score and they need to be effective. They will need all of the scoring because it will make it difficult for the Mercury to stop the players when alot of players are playing well.

3. PLAY FOUR FULL QUARTERS – The Silver Stars need to play well in every quarter and every minute. The Silver Stars need to make sure that they don’t have a bad quarter because it will give the Mercury momentum to start rolling towards a road victory.

MILESTONES

*Danielle Adams needs 3 points to reach 1000 points. She will be the 159th player in league history to do so.

*Cathrine Kraayeveld needs 3 rebounds to reach 1000 rebounds. She will be the 70th player in league history to do so.

The game will be on LiveAccess. The game will be at 8 pm EST, 7 pm local time and 5 pm PST.

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

Guess whose back?  Yup I’m back after spending two lovely days celebrating family as well as Eid. I’m one lucky girl 🙂 In my absence, the Silver Stars have won their first game in Seattle quite easily which was surprising considering they haven’t won in Seattle for a while now. The second game starts tonight and the third game in the series is going to be pivotal for the Silver Stars if they want a shot of making the playoffs. It’s hard to believe that with a 8-14 record that the Stars are within a couple of games of making the playoffs. It goes to show how weak the West really is after LA and Minnesota.  The Silver Stars will try to win just its 3rd road game and it’s second game over Seattle. The Stars are 3-8 on the road this season while Seattle is 4-5 at home.

PROBABLE STARTING LINEUPS FOR THE SAN ANTONIO SILVER STARS

PG – Danielle Robinson

SG – Jia Perkins

SF – Shenise Johnson

F/C – Danielle Adams

C – Jayne Appel

PROBABLE STARTING LINEUPS FOR THE SEATTLE STORM

PG – Temeka Johnson

SG – Tanisha Wright

F/G – Shekinna Stricklen

F – Camille Little

F – Tina Thompson

Records/Milestones

Catherine Kraayeveld needs 4 rebounds to reach the 1000 rebound mark. She would be the 69th player in league history to reach the milestone.

Danielle Adams needs 15 points tonight to reach the 1000 point mark. She would be the 158th player in league history to reach the milestone

THREE KEYS TO THE GAME

1. Defend Tina Thompson – Tina Thompson is having a renaissance year this season with the Storm. Despite this being her last year Tina is playing well and is the Storm’s best offensive option. If the Stars can control Tina’s output like they did last game they will win their second game in Seattle.

2. NO X Factor – Eliminate another option – The Silver Stars need to make sure that no one from the bench has a great game or is able to play well. If the Stars do that they win the game.

3. Repeat, Repeat – Do the same thing that happened on Friday – The Silver Stars have to do everything they did on Friday and use it for tonight’s match up. It’s not going to be as easy as it was on Friday so they need to make sure they control the boards, defend the three and get to the FT line. Seattle will be desperate to play well so the Stars will need to match their intensity.

The game will be at 6 pm local time, 7 pm San Antonio time, and 9 pm Eastern time. The game will be on LiveAccess

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 #18 New York Liberty vs San Antonio Silver Stars Game Recap (Mini Notes Version)

This recap is about 4 days late. I got busy and it’s hard to update your post with the All Star Game going on. The West won the All Star Game and Danielle Robinson participated in the win. Getting back to this game, the Silver Stars had an early camp day start and the Liberty were in town. The Silver Stars had won their previous match up against the Liberty and for the first time this season they swept the series against another team. The Stars improved to 6-12 while the Liberty dropped to 7-11.

GAME NOTES

  • This game was ugly. There was no denying it. It was un watchable at certain times.
  • Both teams shot less than 40% for the game.  The Silver Stars were just able to gut it out and get a much needed win
  • Jayne Appel had another strong rebounding game with 13 rebounds. If only Jayne looked to score more, she would have a good chance of being the most improved player.
  • The Silver Stars were able to hold all of the Liberty weapons to less than stellar shooting nights and defended them well
  • The Danielle Adams – Jayne Appel inside and outside combo is interesting. I want to see more than 2 games, but I think the Stars could benefit from this starting combo going forward. You get an inside post presence with Jayne and an outside shooting presence with Danielle making it difficult for teams to leave both.
  • Bill Laimbeer was ejected from this game after what looked like a questionable call for the Liberty. It was that kind of afternoon game.
  • Danielle Robinson had a great All Star performance with 17 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds
  • Jia Perkins struggled but she had other great stats such as 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals
  • Silver Stars are on a two game winning streak! Let the celebration begin.
  • Dan Hughes wins his 200th game. Way to go Dan! Dan is one of the best coaches in this league who has been able to have an impact in his players.
  • The Silver Stars biggest attendance as 12,000+ were at the game.
  • The Silver Stars now only have two matchups against the East – one on the road against Indiana and one at home against Atlanta
  • The Silver Stars don’t play again until August 2nd when they face the red hot Minnesota Lynx

Recapping the Friday and Saturday Home and Home Series vs Minnesota & Connecticut(Games 16 and 17)

Lindsay Whalen led Minnesota to an 87-71 victory over San Antonio. Photo c/o of NBAE/Getty Images
Danielle Adams led San Antonio with 20 points as SA won 60-52 over the Connecticut Sun. Photo courtest of Daniel Clarke Evans NBAE/Getty Images

 

Two games, two different opponents. It’s amazing how one night, everyone looks lethargic and slow and the next night, suddenly everyone looks energized and play better. That’s exactly what happens when you play the best team in the Western Conference the Minnesota Lynx and the worst team in the Eastern Conference the Connecticut Sun the next night. The Silver Stars split the home and home series 1-1 and are now 3-5 at home this season.

Click here for the official recap for the blow out loss to the Lynx on Friday..

I was out for the game that happened on Friday, so I can only go by play by play and the box score. Below are some brief game notes.

GAME NOTES

  • The injuries keep piling up. This time, it took Delisha Milton Jones who left the game with a knee injury. Her status is questionable and most likely day to day.
  • I wrote in my game preview for this game that the Silver Stars would need to contain the Lynx starting 5. They didn’t as Lindsay Whalen, Maya Moore, Janel McCarville had 21, 14 and 10 points apiece. Lindsay Whalen had herself a game and was incredibly efficient w 21 points in 26 minutes
  • I also wrote in my game preview that the Stars had to prevent an X factor from scoring. They didn’t as Deveraux Peters had 13 points. It’s difficult to win games especially against the Lynx when they have another player scoring other than their starting 5.
  • Nothing really positive to say about the Stars performance stat wise except they out rebounded the Lynx by 1 37 to 36
  • Lindsay Whalen is an All Star. There is no doubt about that.

After the Stars suffered a blow out loss to the Lynx they had to regroup and get ready for the Connecticut Sun.  First, read the official recap  for the game and then read my game recap below.

San Antonio – July 20, 2013

Aneela Khan

The San Antonio Silver Stars were thrilled and more than happy to end their season high 4 game losing streak to the Connecticut Sun on Saturday night. After a rough season in which San Antonio has lost their two best players and another starter on Friday they could finally smile after their victory. The Silver Stars were led by Danielle Adams who was starting in her second straight game and scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. Jayne Appel also was big for San Antonio as she had a career high 18 rebounds. After a first half in which both teams were tied at 35, San Antonio took the lead after the third quarter and never looked back. Connecticut struggled to score in the second half and only scored 17 points, 4 of them in the third quarter. Jia Perkins was instrumental in the second half with 9 second half points, 7 of them in the third quarter run that put the game away. Tina Charles had 18 points and 12 rebounds and outside of Charles, the Sun struggled. Tina also passed 2000 points in her career at the 6:20 minute mark in the third quarter. Renee Montgomery who was playing in her second straight game from her return of her injury struggled shooting as did Tan White. The Silver Stars next game is before the All Star Break on July 25th against the New York Liberty. It is also camp day.

NOTES AND OBSERVATIONS

  • Jia Perkins, Danielle Adams and Jayne Appel all came to play. All three were huge in their roles and helped keep the Sun from even thinking about making it a game. Danielle Robinson was also key.
  • Kara Lawson did not play. My guess it was to rest either her knee or back.
  • Tina Charles didn’t shoot the ball enough. She did have 20 attempts which is the most on her team but on a night where the other players were struggling, it would’ve been better to give her the ball more and let her work. The Sun completely forgot about Tina in the third quarter and the 4th quarter in which she only scored 2 points. Jayne Appel did a fine job defending Tina and made her work a little more for her shots.
  • On that note on Tina. Scoring 2000 points in 3 and a half seasons is remarkable. She’s on the Angel McCoughtry, Cappie Pondexter, Diana Taurasi scoring pace. Which is to say she’s going to score a lot of points at a rapid pace. Scary, just scary.
  • Free throws just weren’t going to happen in this game. Only 7 for the Stars, 11 for the Sun.
  • The crowd was into the game despite the team struggles and the opponent struggles. Nice to see San Antonio still appreciating their WNBA team