24 Burst results for "Alyssa Thomas"
"alyssa thomas" Discussed on The Her Hoop Stats Podcast
"Yeah. Flip that switch and leave that thing on. And they wanted to win it. You know, they were disappointed last year, not being able to bring it home. And sometimes not sometimes all the time. I mean, losing that creates a winning mentality. Unfortunately, that's just the way it is. I think there's the anticipation of getting back to have another opportunity to win is what Vegas had in their back pocket before the season even started. So for them to manifest and come back through this season, the way that they did, hit some pitfalls and, you know, here and there had some struggles, but fought their way through it. I think that's most impressive as well. If you see the storybook of it all, from game one to the championship game, who that team became, right? I mean, some questions preseason are always, what's the personality of this team? We got to be around each other a little bit more. Every season is different. We have new pieces, new coach, you know, everything. So I think now you can ask that question at all when they have the championship trophy hoisted above their heads is that, you know, they had to buy in. It's a mentality. And I think that's an example for all of us who are in sports. You know, to see that actually happen. It was pretty impressive. I thought it was a wonderful job of that. And that's the most and as we always say, that's the most important thing. You can have you can have the best draw in a place ever. And you won't win a game if they're not bothering. You will not. And shouts to Connecticut because they were fully bought in too. They were. That team did not let go of the rope. At any point. I thought in game three, it could have been easy to just say, hey, you know, seasons that were packed in. They didn't. And even game four, they had it in their minds that they were going to win the series, right? And so that final buzzer. So I think they deserve a lot of credit, I think, what Kurt Miller built in Connecticut has been an outstanding piece of basketball construction. That's going to change now. Unfortunately, because of free agency. I mean, we're likely looking at Brie Jones leaving. And maybe further changes we don't know yet, but it was just a little, it was heartbreaking. It wasn't a little heartbreaking. It was heartbreaking to see that team lose in the way that they did because they are, I think, of championship level. Yeah, absolutely. And I think, you know, to have Alyssa Thomas have back to back triple doubles in the finals for the first time. In the history of the league, come on. You know, she was doing everything that she possibly could for triple doubles for her in total this year. And I mean, she just took it upon herself to just throw caution to the wind and just go for it. In every aspect of the game and you just saw how hard she was plugging away. And so I mean, it's heartbreaking in that regard, but it's also difficult because they had Desmond Thomas out. And I said that before we were talking about it, and I'm like, man, if it comes down to it. And then you look at how and who knows what would have happened played. However, when Vegas went small, that would have been a counter. A possible counter. Who knows? I'm not Kurt Miller. I'm not claiming to be. It makes it much harder. Much harder to go small. It makes it much harder to match the speed, right? And defensively, you know, stick with those matchups that Vegas presented by going small. So, you know, that's always going to, I mean, it makes my ribs hurt to think how they're thinking, right? The tighten up for them because it's such a hard journey to get all the way to the finals. And they've been there a couple times now and not come out with the title. And you know, they've had issues, injury issues last year with a less Thomas coming back late in the game after that. I mean, late in the season. Late in the season, but I met late in the game. Late in the game of the season. The big G game big. And you know, it just seemed like it's always something, you know? And I know as a coach, that's frustrating because you can't control that. You can't do anything about that, but I mean also as a coach, there's all the things like what if we had that sort of we had this. And that's hard. And maybe that's just me because I kind of analyze things in a very fine tooth comb way. But I think if you're any kind of competitor and you have to think about that, right? Yeah. Of course. Well, it just sad because the one time we saw this team fully go was in 2019 files. And that was, I mean, I don't think Brie Jones was playing a major role in that. No. Not yet. He played a lot though. Yeah, yeah. She had a breakout in those playoffs, but I mean, you know, she was only playing. She only averaged four minutes a game. Okay. She played a lot more than that in that last game though. Yeah, yeah, in the last Thomas, both, you know, I think a list of Thomas and JJ both had foul trouble in that game. Yeah. They were 5 minutes from the finals. I mean, I think we look back on that mystics title and it felt kind of destined, but with 5 minutes left to go in that game, I really we really think Washington was going to pull it off.
Sun stay alive, beat Aces 105-76 in Game 3 of WNBA Finals
"Alyssa Thomas had a triple double in the sun forced a game four in the WNBA finals by clobbering the aces One O 5 76 Thomas had 16 points 15 rebounds and 11 assists for Connecticut It was the first triple double in WNBA finals history We came already My teammates hit their shots and I always say without them none of these trouble doubles are possible John quell Jones led the son with 20 points in dewanna bonner added 18 Jackie young paced the aces with 22 points in Asia Wilson had 19 game four is Sunday afternoon in Connecticut I'm Dave ferry
"alyssa thomas" Discussed on The Her Hoop Stats Podcast
"I don't know, but that's one thing that I would love to see is just a little bit more help behind. Elizabeth but, you know, you do have to leave it all out there. I think Alyssa guard her guard Chelsea 94 feet. Don't let her beat us. Yeah. I don't know if that's going to work. But you have to beat the mismatch because she's also the mismatch on the offensive end. Yes. She's the area where they have the most advantage in that big lineup. And she's not doing it. And you know, she had a post up, but I don't remember if they were able to get her the ball or if there was help coming. But I think that that lineup has to be out there because you're going, you have to go out on some terms. Yes. It seems like game three or four is gonna be where you go out. Yeah. I'd say go out with those four on the floor. And you have to. And you were talking about Alyssa Thomas and her ability to match up with Chelsea gray, right? In terms of strength, physicality, it's a great matchup. But Alyssa Thomas is also a great matchup on Wilson. So we need, you know, for Connecticut, do they need 5, 80s? Like they need 5. They absolutely need 5 unless it's almost. Never take a shot outside the paint. Oh God, Connecticut would love it. Right? But defensively. You know what I mean? Like defensively, Alyssa Thomas can guard multiple positions. And she's done a good job with forcing Asia Wilson to her right. She's done a good job, you know, making it rough for her muddying the paint up when Wilson gets the ball. But she's also a dog when it comes to getting up underneath and into Chelsea gray. And I think you saw that down the stretch, and this was after gray came back on the floor after her ankle, her left ankle rolled that she had and went to the locker room came back, went back into the game. But when Chelsea gray came back into the game, they had Jackie young running some point. I don't know if you saw that, right? So a couple of times, they had Chelsea as the top screener away in Connecticut. Yes. And their double stagger action. She was the first screener in that. Instead of being the one coming off with the ball in that. So who knows, again, what Chelsea gray and hopefully she's just fine and, you know, they're going to tape it up. And she's definitely playing, I'm not saying she's not going to play. But, you know, will they take some pressure off of Chelsea gray in that regard? Taking her off the ball. And letting Jackie young run some point guard. And I mean, when you have a player like gray, who can set solid screens, why not try that? And they did that. They executed so well. I don't know. That play is going to just ring in my head for days here now because I'm going to look for it again in game three, because it was just perfectly executed. They just baited Connecticut so well into the rotation that they wanted and found. Asia Wilson on her strong side on the weak side there, the left block, and she finished with her strong dominant left hand. So I don't know, for me, I just think I love the game so much, and I love the inner workings of it. And I do love the exynos, and I do appreciate it. So I don't want to throw it all out the window, but at the same time, you know, it comes down to bearing down. You got to bear down mentally and just fight for what you want. And show that passion. And it's okay to show that passion and frustration, right? When you have that passion and things aren't working out the way you want it to, you still have to fight hard, man. And that's what I want to see from Connecticut. And they've got to get buckets. They've got to get stops. And they've got to do a better job of containing the paint. Well, I think this whole part of the conversation assumes that the little things that we've talked about, those execution errors are not going to be there for Connecticut. The whole part of this discussion talking about the X and those relies on not having those mistakes and having to want to bond and make some shots. Those two things absolutely need to happen. If those two things can not happen, again, we're hanging out in Connecticut with the Las Vegas ace is going to have a party. But FaceTime me, FaceTime me if that happens, man. I'm going to be there until the wee hours of the morning regardless. I'm having fun. If that happens. If that happens, FaceTime even if you gotta go live if that happens here. Oh yeah, live from a. We'll talk about dude live. No, and I think he was just like another idea that popped into my head and again I'm on my Miami Heat fan, so just like bear with me. Throughout this season, the Miami Heat ran some zones where it was bam adebayo at the point of the attack. He was the, they run a very specific zone and I'm not sure kinetica has installed anything like this so this may not be, this may be a nonstarter altogether. But if you put a list of Thomas at the point of attack in a three three two match up zone, I think that could help just like stave off the onslaught of Chelsea gray without having to put Alyssa Thomas in a fully non health position. Right. Like you can get a lot more if you're able to just switch right before the elbow and have Alyssa pushing the attack out past the three point line. I again, this is not the time to install something new. If they have something that's like that and I haven't noticed that this year, but they may, I don't know. If they have something like that now is the time to whip it out because I think that could be really helpful to help the heat a lot because their guards were not that good at stopping penetration. So the person who's best is up in penetration is bam adebayo for them, it's Alyssa Thomas for Connecticut and then you get your two bigs down at the rim, better help position. You know, you might give up some corner threes, but hopefully those corner threes are going to players hand be in Jack young. If hamby and Jackie young beat you? Whatever, that is the way the cookie crumbles, at least you're not getting beat in the same exact way. So that's just like a bite that. Yeah, right? Yeah, yeah, put me in Kurt. Let's try to install this in on the charter flight. I guess let's move on. Last question. Is this series over in game three?
"alyssa thomas" Discussed on The Her Hoop Stats Podcast
"So, you know, to your point, first thing first for Connecticut and get back into the series or at least win game three has to be the execution from game one on defense has to be there. And the wild honor has to make shots. If you want bonner does not make shots, I'm going to the championship celebration in mohican sun on Thursday. And I'm very excited for it. But I don't think to want to honor is going to miss another 8 shots. I think she can be able to get to the rim more and I hope that she kind of takes some of that Kelsey plum attack mentality that she's had and in the last series. She's got to take that and get to the rim. And then get blocked there. I don't care. I'll go get blocked at the rim. If you could block that the room would get blocked with the room. That's life. I think she needs to get downhill and I think she will. The other thing though, and this is something I'll just we've been saying this for years. John Paul Jones, 11 field goal attempts. Two 6 three 11. John quill Jones should never be 6 for 11. John Cole Jones should either be three like one for 6 or ten for 20, right? Like she needs way more shots than 11 shots. Courtney Williams get 70 shots, and she was looking good, but you need to figure out a way to get John quell the ball in ways that you can shoot. I would say she passed up some open threes in this game. So maybe just a little bit more attack mentality from John quell would also be big. I mean, that's what kind of kept them in the 2019 finals. So I think it starts there. It's like the execution. It starts with getting back your identity, which is on the boards and on defense. Right. And containment of the paint. I think that has totally got turned by Vegas, and they took pride in that, right? They went into that game. With the sense of, you know, we're going to spread you out, and we're going to get downhill. And that's the first thing that Becky Hammond said after the game last night. You know, the difference in this game was plums ability. Turn the corner and get downhill and finish, right? And she got a couple and ones as well. So, you know, the physicality is going to be there. But if you're Connecticut, you've got to do something to take away the pain. And that's well. I mean, that's not a defensive scheme. I don't care what diva, if you go triangle into a zone, a man. I don't care. I don't care what defense you show, right? It's the lockdown defensive mentality that I'm looking for from Connecticut. And that's going to be a huge piece. Their ability to take away the paint from Las Vegas is going to be the linchpin to a win. Or not. And yes, shots need to fall. And Bonn are needed to get their shots down. Period point blank, the end. That's end of story. But if they don't lock it down on the defensive end, you know, it's going to be a tough, it's going to be a tough game to watch. I think, because they've got to bring that spirit of sport, the reason why they were outside of their houses when they were little girls with that passion and love to play, that's what they have to show in this game. I don't care what defensive scheme wise. Listen, it's about Jill's and Joe's right now. This is about your mentality. This is about your back against the wall. You're at home. You have all the reasons. To lay it on the line. And if it doesn't happen that way, I don't know. You got to retool your approach because you have everything, I'm fired up, sitting here talking about it. I mean, you have everything laid out right there. You're down to a you didn't shoot the ball well. Like, if I'm bunner, man, we're down two oh, we're going back home. I've won a championship before. I got to lead this team. And I don't care if they're not statistically, but I've got to find a way to not woe is me myself being two of 18 from the floor. You know, and these two games, the my team needs me, you know, and what we were talking about with plum, the inner dialog. This is what she's saying to herself. I am certain of it. You know, and going back home, you know, some of the interviews I've heard with bonner, she says, I would love to bring a championship to Connecticut. And not just for me, not just for my teammates, but for Connecticut as a whole. So I know she's got that going on in between her ears. And I'm anxious to see what that looks like on the court. Yeah. And you know, I think to that end, you know, look, if this is the end for Connecticut, I think you have to go out with the four or the 5 players, really. The one up on her, Courtney Williams, Liz Thomas, John qual Jones and Bree Jones. Because it may be the last time we see these. Let me rephrase. This finals is definitely the last time we're seeing those four together. Yeah. I don't think there's any way all four of those players are back in Connecticut next year. Just because of math. They can't afford all of them. No. So if you're going to go out, you run that lineup and you let them play. And you let them leave it all out there, and you may lose, you may lose. But you let them leave it all out there. You Alyssa Thomas guard, Chelsea gray, 94 feet for 40 minutes. She would love that. Right? It's like, you let her go, you take off the rains from Melissa Thomas defensively and just tell her to go. Now, the problem with the whole, I know, I think your point about the X's and those is correct. But I do want to bring up one more. The problem with Alyssa Thomas on Chelsea gray is that Alyssa Thomas is also somehow the team's best help defender. Right. And then so then there's not as much help behind you, but logically that shouldn't be that much of a problem because you have three Jones and your uncle Jones on them on the floor. Right. And to want to bother who's kind of good help defenders. I don't know why that doesn't match up. I don't know if that's just like their scheme all season was to have Alyssa and help more and now they have to put her on the ball more.
"alyssa thomas" Discussed on Winsidr WNBA Show
"This is coming from someone who going into the season, my prediction was Connecticut, going into the playoffs, obviously my prediction wasn't Connecticut, but I'm a hillside or so I'm going to ride it to the end. It was very clear that Vegas had the horsepower to get to the finals and run through it. What I think we've seen is a drop off from Connecticut. They've hit their peak, they're no longer at it, we're not seeing a historic run like we saw from Chicago last year where there was ups and downs and then they just tore through the playoffs. But at the end of the day, is it too much? I know you're going to say. But it almost feels like last night was an embarrassment of a game. Like it felt like a walk through, not a game, and I know I've used that phrase too many times of recent. But it just, it looked bad at times. I mean, I was really disappointed myself. I just was like, just those little things that they hang their hat on weren't necessarily happening. And this isn't like I'm coming hard at Connecticut or Kurt Miller. I'm not. I just was like, Connecticut, I hold on a pillar of what this team is and what they do. And is it too unrealistic at times, you know? Because and again, they don't have a point guard. They lose Jasmine Thomas, who I don't think has been talked about enough, how big of a loss that is to be where you are right now. And to struggle to shoot the ball the way the guard play has with Connecticut as of late. You know, like your manufacturing points any way you possibly can, you're having to rely on this defense and just this grit that how far can that take you? I mean, I love it and I embrace it personally and for my own methodology of a coach, but against a team like Las Vegas that is absolutely playing like an all star superstar team. How far can that actually take you? And I think I don't think that I don't think that we can forget that when we talk about Connecticut long after this season has done regardless of how many games this goes to or how this ends up, we can not forget that this Connecticut sun team, we never, ever, ever fully got to see them at a 100%. In the last few years, we never did. John Clark was out Alyssa Thomas was out. Then you had Jasmine Thomas. Again, I know she's not the superstardom of the other ones, but she's still your facilitating point guard floor general. And we never got to see the Connecticut sun at a 100% as to who this team was designed and laid out to be. And to me, that is really disappointing. Sorry, I'm going on a tangent back to your point about last night. Yeah, it just, it just felt sad for me, I guess, is just what I was seeing. I just felt like either this team has just given all they can, and they don't have it anymore, or I don't know. I still don't know exactly what happened. I don't know. I don't know how on earth it's physically possible to go down zero and two to Vegas and have a chance in this. I just don't. And not even like, look, end of the day, it's tough enough to win three in a row. It's tough enough when the odds are set against you. What Vegas is doing right now is just playing their brand of basketball. And in the finals, I talked about it on the Connecticut sun. Side sun. Oh my God, I can't even talk. On the Connecticut side, I think they're both trying like both of them kind of just said batten down the hatch.
"alyssa thomas" Discussed on ESPN Daily
"And she looks to take her player one on one whatever. But then she's also just going to get her on with offensive rebounds. You know, with these different moments where she can just find ways to be around the basket and finish plays for them. So in that sense, she's always there. So it's like the ball kind of changes with the aggressor, but Asia's kind of always just hovering there because she doesn't always need the ball to be effective. She's gonna kill you with her rebounding. So she's just like a constant in that way. The sun, I mean, their path to these finals. And again, they're down one game in this series, but their path. I mean, this has been an incredible, truly an incredible, as a spectator. I'm feeling none of the feelings that you have felt. It's just been so fun, top to bottom to watch this unfold. And their series against the sky. So, I mean, I don't know how much you got to watch it as you guys were in your parallel path, but can you describe what the sun showed you, what you learned about them in the process of them making it here? I mean, you want me to be honest? Nothing. I already knew. I think anybody who's played against them, anybody who's watched them in the last couple of years. You just kind of know what you're going to get from them. And it's almost annoying 'cause you're like, this is just who they are. And I'm treading lightly here because I don't want to sound negative. It's not negative, but there's nothing like flashy about them. I mean, I could literally go out there right now and run all their plays. The plays are what the plays are. There's nothing tricky. I guess that's maybe flash, she's not the right word. It's like tricky. There's no, there's no tricks up their sleeve. They are who they are. You know what Alyssa Thomas is going to try to do. And yet she just keeps doing it. And with that, anybody who's played against them, anybody who's watched them play is not surprised by this. I mean, there's a reason they finished third in the league. It's not like they finished 8th or 9th or something like that. But I think at times they get overlooked because they don't have these tricks up their sleeve for lack of a better. They also lost their point guard very early in the season, which I think a lot of people just assumed that was going to be like a negative thing. How do you adjust to that? How do you adjust to losing your point guard Jasmine Thomas, who missed most of this season with a torn ACL? Time time time. And then also not trying to fill the shoes. In the way that Jasmine did it, but just like, okay, now natisha highlander brings this whole other type of player and just allowing her to be herself. What they also do is they go to these big lineups. So there'll be times where they have Alyssa Thomas playing point guard. You know, she's a post player while she can play like the three on the four. But for all ten purposes, she's a post player. I had 11 rebounds. Had 1911 and 5 in game one. Yeah. Yeah, no, she's gonna fill it up. That's why I said, you know what she's gonna do? But like, okay, this doesn't mean you can stop it, you know? And then they have a player like John well, where if she gets going, forget it. She's like virtually unguardable when she's got it going. To wanna bonner, I mean I can go to the list, Courtney Williams, I can go down the list. But that's how I would say, I think if you know this is not surprising. So I want your veteran savvy year as someone who's won four titles and everything. And seen it all. The finals as an animal that is just different from previous rounds of the postseason even. What about this point of the year needs to be accounted for when you're thinking through a series like this? Um, I think fatigue is something you think about, although both teams don't go super deep in their bench. So that might even it out. I actually think in this series what's really fascinating is the history of the teams. You know, I think you could argue and I'm sure in the biggest locker room they talk about this. Last year, they could have and should have won. They lost an incredibly tough series to Phoenix. Phoenix deserved it. This isn't about, by the way, I hate sometimes talking about this stuff. People are like, oh, they didn't deserve it. It's like, it's not about dessert. It's not about where they're a team deserves it or not. It was just like, it was probably theirs to lose. And or there's to win everyone frame it. And I'm sure they look back on last year and feel like they tricked away an opportunity. So they're going to be super hungry. But then on the other side, you have Connecticut, who feels disrespected by people who feels like people overlook them, who has also made it to the finals and lost. And they also last year lost a series to Chicago. So these are the two teams that I think everybody would have put in the finals last year. But both had really, really tough losses in the settings. And yet now they're here. So I think hunger always plays a role in the finals. I think that's what makes repeating so hard. And hasn't been done since when the LA sparks, right? Like two decades ago. Yep. You have a team that, okay? Wants to individually pick you apart and you have a team that you've described here that has a playbook that everybody can read and it really doesn't matter. And so who do you like Sue? Who do you like in this series? Oh man. This is a very difficult series to predict. God, it's really tough to go against Vegas. Just because I felt what it's like when they've got it going in the way that they've got it going right now. I guess the question then becomes can Chelsea and Asia sustain this level of efficiency. And that's just like the law of averages, regression to the mean is a tried and true law. Exactly, exactly. Like I said, and this is a compliment. I'm like, oh my God, if we had just helped her to 50%. That would have been, you know? And 50 for a guard. I just want to count for the record that's super it has now said this three times in case anybody is curious about illustrating this might have been. Yeah. That she was literally on just like another planet. No, it was absurd. And absurd. Yeah, and if they continue to play that way, it's very difficult to see a team beating them. But like I said, Connecticut wears you down. I can sense Sue that you have like your rational brain, dispassionately analyzing this series really rigorously and seriously, but I sense because I'm projecting my feelings onto you now. I sense you being like, I would rather that the team that beat me wins because that way I lost to the champion. No, that actually I'm actually the opposite in some weird way. First of all, I'm not either, but what I would argue is like, no, that's gonna make me mad, 'cause that's gonna mean we should have won. We could have won. A lot of people have subscribed to that through the years. Yes, contingency. The team that beat us. What? That doesn't make me feel better. It's a good worst. I never have. No, if you want to know what I'm actually thinking, I'm not saying it's like, wow, we really blew game three. And that still is going to hurt for a really long time. And had we won that this whole thing is different. That's really what I'm thinking. 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"alyssa thomas" Discussed on Winsidr WNBA Show
"Know that do you have to have someone like a Brianna Stewart or an Asia Wilson to go all the way? I mean, we could argue Chicago doesn't necessarily have that. Everyone will kill me for Candace Parker. Yes, Candace Parker is that Jack of all trades leader on the leader on the core floor general. She can do a little bit of everything, but I'm just talking about like that MVP superstar caliber player. There's two in the league right now. It's Asia Wilson is Briana Stewart. You know, obviously Chicago has Candice Parker that the intangible she brings to that team combined with Courtney van der sloot and the rest of their talented roster is not to be, you know, and I'm not taking anything away from that. I just feel like when it comes to Connecticut, there's not that clear person to run the ball through, you know? And I know you're saying that it should be John Paul Jones. I just don't know if that's the case. At least this season. I mean, we've talked about from time and time again. Who are you going to throw the ball to late in the game? 5 minutes left. This franchise has showed time and time again. They're not necessarily going to do that with John Paul Jones. So I think it's more of a, just by committee, you know? And I think a lot of times you got to want to bonner, she's going four for 14. Alyssa Thomas, three for 12. John Paul Jones three for ten. I mean, brena Jones, I mean, I think if you can establish an inside presence one way or another from John Paul Jones, Alyssa Thomas to Brianna Jones, you have to have two or three hitting on all cylinders to be able to be successful in my opinion. Yeah, I mean, the only thing that I'll push back against that is, while I agree, I'll say that I feel like the issue with this Connecticut team by playing by committee is the issue I've had with them throughout this whole season, is their inability to find the hot hand. They're so focused on that committee aspect that when John Cole starts heating up, it's not a concentrated effort to feed her over and over and over. It's we're still going through the rotation of the offense and somebody else is going to take a shot and look, I've never played elite basketball like you, Rachel, but in my mind, if Rachel is hitting four shots in a row and she's feeling it and then doesn't touch the ball for the next 5 minutes to kind of kills that burn. For 100%. And I think we all can agree, you know, and I'm not saying this is what I would do or what I would think they should do. This is just what I see. This is just kind of the genetic makeup of what this team is this year, it's by committee. I would be curious, you know, coming out tonight, you know, this is a do or die game for Connecticut. Where is the concerted effort going to be? Is it going to be we've got to get John Paul Jones more touches? And does she need to be more established late in the game? I'm not sure because again, at the same point, their game plan was highly effective. It won them game one. It arguably should have won them game three, had they just made a couple easy shots. So do you go away from that? Or do you decide that your shots selection has to be honed in a different way? I think a lot to be unpacked and determined here with Connecticut specifically. We could question whether it works or whatever that might mean, but obviously do or die game tonight to be able to take this to game 5 back in Chicago. I'm excited for. We'll do pick them at the end. Aces storm game three wouldn't epic epic matchup, the Twitter world has been ablaze somehow I pissed off a bunch of people. Honestly, I still don't understand how why or what? We don't need to get into that. What we need to talk about is we are watching the two best basketball players in the world face off leading their teams in a battle to completely different recipes. We're talking about a stacked deep team of vets who know what they're supposed to do and what they can do on Seattle. Ran a steward has been lighting it up, even in a game last game where she struggled offensively to score, she still ended up with a nice amount of points, filled up the statute and a variety of other ways. And it's truly come down to The X Factor we've talked about this all season. Like, I don't care about Tina Charles. Sorry. Yeah, she misses the free throws and costs in the game. That's a different topic. What I'm talking about is Sue bird is going to do super things. She's going to facilitate and run the offense. And heck, this might be her last game of her career. And what we've seen throughout this playoffs with her is she's ready for the moment. She's going to hit big shots, even though she's struggled to score at points this season. But it really comes down to jewel Lloyd. It is dual Lloyd going to be that number two or heck number one offensive threat for Seattle. If they don't have her, who else can step up to fill the role because right now it's been, you know, Brianna Stewart offensively versus the rest of the Las Vegas aces. And then Las Vegas side, the completely different makeup, where there is no depth. It's Asia Wilson, but she has her Batman and I mean, I don't even know if that's the right term because I mean, this is a stack team, right? Like, we literally have Chelsea gray, arguably the best point guard in the league right now. We have and who's shooting an insane percentage right now. She's shooting, she's on par and last game might have screwed this up, but she's on par to set the WNBA playoff record for field goal percentage. Dupree had it at like 65 or 64.5, something like
"alyssa thomas" Discussed on Winsidr WNBA Show
"We bring on different friends who have unique and educated perspectives on the games, the teams, and whatnot. All right, so then it was the first game of the game threes. Chicago sky taking on the Connecticut sun in Connecticut, it was a back and forth Gritty game again. And I think, you know, Rachel, as we were chatting throughout that game, I'm sitting there going, you know, there's a positive here for Connecticut because it's the style of game they wanted. The negative was they couldn't buy a shot. They couldn't hit a layup. They are in trouble. And if you follow social media, you get why I brought up the layups. But when you look back at that game when you think back about it, what's your analysis of it? Rachel, because when I think back about it, if I'm Kurt Miller, yeah, you're upset about the loss. Yeah, there's like factors and things you'd like to do better. But end of the day, it really just boiled down to the fact that they were in the game and they weren't hitting shots. Shots that you fully expect and anticipate those players to hit. Well, I mean, here, you know, you hold the defending champs to just shooting 37%. They shoot 24% from the field. You know, you end up beating them at the free throw battle. You dominate them on the glass. You know, I mean, it's like, I think the two areas that are the biggest areas of concern are just the turnover numbers, you know? I mean, Connecticut only turned Chicago over 8 times versus the sun turned it over 17 times. You know, that's been an ongoing theme with this team throughout the course of the season. But I mean, it really does just come down to shots. I mean, you hold you hold Chicago to 76. I mean, you know? I don't know what else you can possibly do more on the defensive end of the floor. You know, you made everybody so uncomfortable. You did what you were supposed to do in terms of being the aggressor, getting yourself to the free throw line, winning the rebounding battle. I mean, those are two huge keys for Connecticut to be successful. I mean, you know, so I think you look at the turnover numbers. But yeah, I mean, it's super simple. You can't have half your team, you know, going three for 12, three, for 11, even Brianna Jones, one of the, you know, I mean, and I think she ended up going four for 11. And you know, that's not atrocious for her, but for someone who shoots in the 60s, that's not a great night. And so it just, it was almost like, it was almost like Connecticut was frustrating Chicago so much, but it almost felt like Chicago was able to frustrate Connecticut, at least when it came to being around the rim. I mean, we talked about the layups. You talked about those missed shots and the paint that we see this team make. If you just make not even half of the ones that they miss, make three, this is a different outcome in that game. So, you know, I mean, that was a disheartening win for Connecticut because I feel like the game plan was in place. It did go to their favor. If you're not going to make shots, what else can you do? This is late late playoff. This is September basketball. You've just got to make shots. And shots includes, obviously, layups as well. Well, and that's, I mean, there's so many aspects to it. But you talk about the Connecticut sun, right? There made for these grind it out series where they're just going to battle you. They're going to play physical and you're not going to want to play them in the third game of the series. You're not going to want to play them in the fourth game. Chicago obviously has that will that fire that drive, they want to championship last year. And I think this year, what's made it so different is normally the team looking for the repeat struggles to have that drive that fight that bark. But because of how bad Chicago was or inconsistent they were in the regular season last year, I feel like Chicago came into this season with a completely different mission and it was much easier for them to be so driven that you don't necessarily see as much with the repeating team. But when I look at this game, I have to agree with you on many points, which I hate to do. But I think about it, and I'm like, John called Jones. Like, your MVP, you're pulling her with three minutes left. And I understand the issues of who they're putting on the court who you're putting on the court who's being successful, who's not. But I have to think that at a certain point, if I'm Kurt Miller, I'm going to rest my cap, whatever the phrase is on John quill Jones, right? There's a reason she's an MVP. I know she hasn't been that level this season. But I think if they're going to move on to the finals, it's going to be because like Alyssa Thomas is going to do a list Thomas thinks. Maybe she's not going to be hitting her shots. She's going to get a ridiculous amount of rebounds, get like a handful of assists, get a couple of those poke out steals. But at the end of the day, if John, if they can not find a way to, in the same way that we look at Seattle and say, you need to run the ball through ran a Stewart. In the same way we say Vegas, you need to run the ball through Asia Wilson or Chicago through Candace Parker or whoever it is. The Houston comets through Cynthia Cooper. Like whoever it is, that is their player, the question for Connecticut throughout all their years of being successful and playoff runs has been who is going to be that player who kind of puts the team on their back. And I know Alyssa Thomas can do that in ways, but I feel like in playoff series, Alyssa Thomas style of play isn't as productive for getting the W as a great like John Claude Jones. Maybe I'm crazy. I don't know. No, it just feels like it's by committee, you know, a little bit with Connecticut. It could be anyone's night any given night. You just kind of the approach. And again, I feel like this is the most disconnected I felt from understanding a team, a Connecticut sun team in years. You know, there's just something. And I could say the same thing about Chicago, not disconnected, but just there's something I can't quite figure out about this team. But when it comes to Connecticut, I certainly feel that way. You know, you just have to question,
"alyssa thomas" Discussed on WNBA Nation
"Know we don't want to go to the game 5. We don't want to go back to Connecticut, we're not doing that. We're going to close things out. We're going to face the winner of the other series. We're going to win a second championship Candace Parker is going to get another ring. That's where their head is at right now. And I think Connecticut is in survival mode. That can be that can be an advantage that can be dangerous to be back against the wall and nothing to lose. Historically, it has not proven to be in Connecticut's favor when they get back to when they're on the road. They get knocked out. That's what happens. I like the call. I like to take I have a really difficult time with this prediction because I do think that at times Connecticut has looked like the better team. And I do think that if we can see a similar game out of heidemann and Courtney Williams, both playing really well. And then be able to see Alyssa Thomas and or John Cole Jones step up. They both played well on the boards and listen to Thomas had some good assists, but just offensively, neither one of them played very well. They were a combined 6 of 22 from the floor. I think that junk well Jones, MVP, John quell Jones, is going to show up and if anything, this might be that game that she comes out. And if we're talking about Ali quickly statistical regression, positive regression in her statistics, we also got to bring up Alyssa Thomas and John Claude Jones only bringing in 6 points apiece. I think that they could easily come in and make a big difference in this game. I think Connecticut is probably going to go ahead and take this game for and force a game 5 back in Chicago. But I do think I do have Chicago winning the series. But I've got Connecticut taking this game for. I like it. It sounds like John quill is your if you had to name an X Factor in this game, kind of a deciding. I think so. Deciding player. I think so, because.
"alyssa thomas" Discussed on WNBA Nation
"It such a good environment if you're there in the building at the same time, like if somebody had this junction, if someone in game four of the semifinals goes down with goes down on a hard foul and they're out for the next series that diminishes the sport considerably right. Like you want everybody to be out there. So just do your due diligence, get ahead of it now before it becomes more of a problem. I did not like the inconsistency of calls in that game. Agreed. And I think the one in particular play that you alluded to was Alyssa Thomas and Candace Parker with the collision. Post rebound, heading on an outlet, Candace goes to turnout. Looks like Alyssa kind of sticks her knee out. I couldn't tell it was in the knee or the upper thigh or what on Candice Parker, but Parker goes down here. Again, I don't think that that's like an overly malicious intent at all for Melissa Thomas. I think that's a physical competitive. I'm going to do everything you can. I'm going to do everything I can to gain an advantage. Basketball players will be the first ones to tell you, you try to get away with stuff without the ref watching, you know? You try to do stuff like that because you're trying to get into your opponent's head. And I think that that's a perfect example of what you were talking about about the referees probably didn't get this game. They didn't set a tone and set a line very well in the game. They just kind of let things happen. And especially in the playoffs, you have to be able to set some sort of line. Again, please don't take this comment into thinking that Logan and Kyle are fans of 45 free throws shot every game. And 18 reviews. We don't like them to be the star. If it was up to me, we would move basketball to a yellow and red card system. And we just do away with free throws almost entirely. But that's never happening. But for those wondering, that's where I stand on the foul issue. So yeah, but I agree. But so if you're a Chicago sky fan, or Connecticut, and you're frustrated, because of how this last game went on that side of things. We're with you. And we think you deserve to be a little frustrated. Logan, let's go ahead and give a prediction on how this series is going to play out. They've got a game coming up as our listeners are hearing this later tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern Time that can be watched on ESPN2. In Connecticut, Chicago is up two to one on the series, Connecticut's got one more home game. Do you think the Chicago sky close out this series tonight or will Connecticut force a game 5 back in Chicago? Connecticut, I'm rooting for you, but I'm not, I'm not putting money on you. I think Chicago closes it out tonight. If you're listening to this the day of the game, it's exactly what you said earlier. I just
"alyssa thomas" Discussed on The Her Hoop Stats Podcast
"I schedule my calls around her. Apparently her law firm doesn't want the other. Asia Wilson wins defensive player of the year? Yeah. I'm interested in hearing your take after a conversation last week where I said best player on the best team. Hypothetically, this should be best defensive player on the best defensive team. I kind of think I know where you voted. But this one's a little fishy to me, not because I don't think the agent Wilson's amazing defensively, but I don't know if I would have gone with her for depot. So who'd you vote for? And what you think of Asia winning it? I voted for cloud. Because she was the leader of defensively for the misses and I know people make, you know, watching right now on the Mississippi huddle. Okay, this voting was for the regular season. Regular Susan. Okay, so all y'all, if anybody makes a comment, Gabe let me know just like Serena instruction down. Our fans are very our fans are very much on our side. Sometimes. So soft. So it's from the regular season, but I think when you look at Natasha Klaus, full body of work, defensively. All season long. Her floor game, her ability to basically switch one through four, at least one through three regularly. Every single night and give you the flat out blues. I thought, I thought that she was the one. What about Sykes did well too? I thought Candace Parker, for a defensive player of the year last year, not to make a team was a little shocking, but I love Asia Wilson. And I'm always good for the love of good block. I mean, she averaged 1.9 blocks a game. So she was definitely a rim protector and I think we discussed that last week. So on that, I'm not saying she shouldn't have gotten it. But she was definitely on the list for me. But I put cloud. I mean, number one, defensive rating. And she was the main reason why, on that. So yeah, so Natasha actually got two votes, which I think is right. Who else? Who else out there voted for? I figured out who else voted for at least $1 vote for Shakira Austin. I don't know if that person said it said that yet, so I will wait for that person to reveal themselves. But I did find out one other vote for cure Austin. I think she only got two so I think I forget that. Natasha claud got to get two votes. I don't disagree with that. She was on my list. I didn't have Asia at the top. Just because Asia's, there are team defense with 6 or 7 this year 7th and her group stats 6 in the defensive rating for the WNBA stats website. I just think that's a little low, right? Like I wouldn't vote for an MVP on a team that finished 6. I think there has to be a certain level of how good your defense is that you have to vote above it. And this should be our conversation. We'll get some MVP. We don't have to get into this. I was about to say, well, he's slipping down. No, no, this has been my position throughout. There's a certain level that you have to be at. In the past ten, since 2010, there's been no defensive player of the year that has won this award while being worse than fourth on team defensive reading. Wow. So I think Asia made that defense brought them from being terrible to being pretty good and her on off numbers are huge difference. I think they have like a 98 defensive rating. Yeah. It's great. I would lean more towards Briana Stewart. I thought she made that defense go from good to great. I think Alyssa Thomas has a great case as well. I probably have a list. I'll probably have Stuart Thomas Wilson cloud. It would be mine. Okay. That's a thing here too. You don't have a voting sheet. It's only one. You only pick one person, right? Right. Well, no, you have, you have a sheet, you have to do first and second team. You know, I'm talking about depot. Just defensive player there. You only pick one person. Yes. Which I think I would love to see the voting, the voting breakdowns, but yeah, I'm fine with it. I don't think it's like a terrible, I would probably say, I would probably give it to Stewart a Thomas. But we'll see. Fall defense first team, as you were mentioning, I'll read off all the teams so people could see them. Two Washington mystics, which is probably the biggest argument that gets to touch cloud getting a defense player. But Natasha cloud aerial Atkins as your guards on all defense download, you got Wilson Stewart and fowls. I have thoughts. I have many, many, many thoughts. Second team Britney Sykes, Gabby Williams. Alyssa Thomas John called Jones as he maggor, I would have all those players on a team. Right. Can I say one thing? No. Before I have to. No, absolutely. I love Sylvia files. I do too. Love her. Amazing career. Legend of the scheme. Great defense of season. Frankly, they had
"alyssa thomas" Discussed on The Her Hoop Stats Podcast
"She's doing it to commit you to the ball and then she's gonna find somebody wide open out there who could be Candace Parker, who I think if this matchup against Connecticut is gonna stretch that floor out and that may be the difference maker for Chicago, her ability to knock in shots from the outside. Yeah, but teams have been given that tour. And it's been kind of working. Because she doesn't want, can this she plays basketball the right way, right? So it's like, yeah, she'll take the open shot, but it's not necessarily the things she wants to do. And I think getting her out of the things she wants to do. And then Chicago countering to get her into things she wants to do as anila says in her comment, who's going to be the better coach in the series is pretty much getting inside, and I totally agree with that. James wade versus Kirk milley's two coaches have been great for years. I think they've gotten their teams to this point where it is kind of down to their decisions. So we'll see, I mean, and then there is the other possibility that I was thinking about, let me know what you think about this. If these teams go big, not that they necessarily will. I didn't look up the lineup data before this and I'm sorry about that. Someone wants to hit me up with it. Could a big lineup favor Connecticut? Let's say they go with they moved to wanna up to the two and bring them Brie Jones. Okay. Which is should maybe possibly I don't know for Chicago to then bring in as ray Stevens and play her with Emma and Candace. Did you not like to do that? But they could play big lineup versus big lineup and I think it may be able to force the issue that way and do the things that they're best at. And I don't think Alyssa Thomas at the three is fine. She can she's not a big that's going to scare you switching. I was just thinking about that as a potential counter for Connecticut if they have to slow down Chicago. Yeah, I think, you know, like you just said, anelia said, right? It's going to be a test match with the coaches and what kinds of combinations you want to switch and change to. But honestly, at this juncture, in the playoffs, you don't want to be mixing up too much stuff, right? You want to do with what got you here. You want to be your authentic selves as a team. But can you do that? One or two possessions just to show it, see what it looks like. See what it feels like, perhaps. But it all depends on what's score is. I'm not doing that in a one possession back and forth game. Bump that, nope, we're staying with what we're doing. And I'm not trying something new like that. But if we have, you know, 5 plus possession lead, maybe, maybe, try something like that, but, you know, you got to stick with your innate decision making that you've that you've relied upon coming into the playoffs. And I just think for James wade, I just think that he has Courtney van der sloot on the floor. She's going to make the proper decisions for you. And I think when you're looking at a team like Connecticut, without the services of Jasmine Thomas, I don't know if that's going to come into play as being something that they need more of, right? Courtney Williams. When I say that, I'm not saying that other players aren't capable of making strong contributions in that rope. They have to. Okay. What I'm saying is a player with the seasoned experience that a Jasmine Thomas had for Connecticut is that going to be something that hurts them in this series, not having that experience at that position. Yeah, it will hurt him. No, 100% is going to hurt him. Yeah. It's just like, the guy deal with what they got, and that's why I say it. You got to get I think Connecticut to me is a big underdog here. And I'm going to tell you guys straight up, I'm picking Chicago. I'm going to make Christie pick don't work. Great. I'm picking Chicago and think it's just because they can there's more areas to exploit against Connecticut than there are against Chicago's Chicago is very, very good at exploiting your one weakness, right? Yes, and then game three against New York, there's opportunities that the rim was wide open because of the spacing in Chicago had and they attacked rim they attacked the room and they attacked brim. Things changed. They started taking more threes. They adjusted so well throughout that game. And I think Chicago is definitely not scared to change things up. Like they were pressing against New York. And that's not something you see from a one C or the two seat against a 70 typically. You don't see the two C pressing, right? Because that's a strategy typically used by the underdog. So I don't think, I don't think it's going to be something that the status quo is going to work out. The Connecticut's going to have to adapt and try different things. That's why I bring up the big one, 'cause I also kind of want to see it I kind of want to see it. I mean, I wouldn't be mad at it. That's a big. As a form of post, you know, let's see. Put them all out there. But, you know, I still think, you know, you don't want to be tinkering with things that throw your chemistry off or create a big run for your opponents, right? And sometimes when you see another team put a big lineup out there, you may be forced to say, oh, we got to match that. Yeah. With size. But sometimes you don't. Like what I was saying before. They still have to check us too. So do we have an advantage now if we stay small, right? They went big, good for them. Let's exploit that. How can we get them and pick a role? How can we spread them out and get by them? I think it's all again. It goes back to the coaching and what happens. So you can't be enticed by what the other team is doing. It's almost like, what was that meme where in the Olympics, the swimming thing, and he was looking to see what somebody else doing, or was it the race? It was the race. It was both. It was like, you know, I know you're saying. You know, you can't be focused on the other people. You better just go ahead and stay straight ahead whether you're swimming, racing, or hooping. You gotta just stay the course. And do what got you there. And if they're a changes on the other side, don't let that force you to make a change, right? Just see what advantages that presents for you because now they're gambling, so let's make them pay for that. So maybe in Chicago again, very well equipped to do it against anything. And that's why I think they're going to win the series. Who do you think is going on this year? I'll make my prediction a little bit more specific. I will say that Chicago is going to win this series in four games, and they are going to lose game three. Wow. Very specific.
"alyssa thomas" Discussed on The Her Hoop Stats Podcast
"And I think, you know, obviously everyone's like, okay, playoffs is a brand new season and everything like that. But mentally that sits in your head. Now, it could work for you. If you're a Chicago, we've done it before, we'll do it again. And keep that foot on the pedal, but like you said, there's been some inconsistency with how hard that foot's been on the pedal for Chicago this season. But then if you're Connecticut, man, they have some approved, you know, no Jasmine Thomas, you know, this season last year, they didn't have a list of Thomas going. At the end of the regular season, she came in, you know, for the playoffs at the end. So they've had some disjointed pieces, even though they have come together this year. To make it to the semis. I just think that Connecticut may eke out a couple wins. You know, just because of that level of competitiveness that they're going to bring to the table. JJ, you know, John will Jones is going to bring me. She was MVP last year. I mean, there are players that they have and Brianna Jones coming off the bench 6 player of the year at AP. I think they just have the pieces that they need right now. And heinemann has been shooting the ball very well. So I'm like, you know, they're going to need that. Obviously, against team like Chicago. But I think they're hungry. To advance? No, I agree. And look, we made fun of this, but Chicago wanted the four games in the regular season. But the total margin over those four games was 18 points. Every game was decided by 8 points or less, two of them were the side by three points. Very close. These two teams are very good. Both these teams are very, very good. Yeah. But I think what happened in those games is Chicago just came out firing. I mean, the shot. They're effective field goal percentage against Connecticut this year was 61.7 percent. It's just crazy. That's a big number. They dominated in the four factors. You know, just a really quick look at what happened in those games. The dominated that you feel goal category and they dominated the free throw rate category. But Connecticut is what they do is they dominate the offensive glass and the turnover margin. So I think it's just going to come down to how many turnovers can Connecticut produce. How many offensive rebounds I think they produce. They're going to need extra possessions. And then they're going to need a capitalism, those exercises. Against Dallas, at some point in that game, they had 21 more field goal attempts, and that game three against Dallas, then Dallas did. But they were only up by like 13 points. Right. So it's like, they need to be more efficient on those opportunities. And I think Chicago's de can hold them in. I am totally with you. I think this series is going to go, it's not going to be a sweep, certainly not. I don't think so. I think Connecticut will get at least one game, I'm really excited. Actually, tell me which matchup you're really excited about because I got a lot here. Leah copper. You got Emma. Well, whoever is at the four positions against Alyssa Thomas, or they're going to put Kansas Parker on Alyssa Thomas, how do they match up in that front court? I think Doja gonna be really, really interesting about it. But I also think there's like weird lineup opportunities, so just like what matchup are you looking for could be units unit coach to coach player to player? What's one of those things you want to see? I think, I mean, I think that match up with Emma mesman, who I think would be the match for Alyssa Thomas. I'm circling that. And maybe Candace Parker, I mean, stepped up and taken a lot of pride in her defense in the last couple of seasons. Anyway, but I think she's always been a fantastic defender, but I think for me, if I'm James wade, I am going to go ahead and put Emma cement on her. Emma has great footwork in there. I think she understands Alyssa Thomas's move. She knows what she's going to do. She can be shifted. But and strong. But I think miso men can kind of stay in front of her a little bit. A little bit better. And not the Candace camp, but I think also, you don't want to put Candace in that situation where she could get foul trouble. Because Alyssa Thomas does take a high volume number of shots. So you're also thinking of that as well, not necessarily that Candace can't do it. No, it's like, can't just can't do it, but do we want her doing it every time down defensively because the ball is going through a list of Thomas. So I think in that regard, I'm going to put, I'm going to put Emma on her. And I think that's going to be the matchup. But I also like what you said about bonner and copper. I was just thinking about what I'm saying. Is that going to be the match? Do you think? I certainly, I mean, I just go and see who the other team is going to put on one of them, right? Because you got a very nice living quigley against Hyde and qwerty Williams on the front court. I think that matchup is very clearly towards Chicago. Very good. And I think those two cards are going to have to be on their best defensive activity. And I think heidemann has been there. Courtney has been in and out and it depends like, is she she's not going to be able to take, I think she has a slight mismatch on the offensive end against quickly. But I don't think she's really going to be able to take advantage of that because of the way Courtney willing to take advantage of it is by those long twos and it's like Chicago will take that. Chicago will let you shoot that. So I think my point here is I think the one on one matchup is going to be between copper and dewan of honor. Because those are the only two that, you know, I think either team's gonna be okay with the other one going up against one on one. I think Joanna has a size and length advantage. And I think copper has a speed and strength advantage. And we're just going to be seeing those two going back to back and forth. I think it's going to be, it's going to be 5 on 5 basketball, which I know sounds. It sounds stupid, but you know, you know what I'm talking about. I know exactly what you're talking about. It's 5.5 basketball, this is going to be a lot of movement, a lot of switching a lot of communication, Chicago, and an amazing job of being able to switch and scram and do point switching. And then having Candice Parker stayed near the brim, which is always their goal. We'll see how she can do that against John called Jones. So I think it's going to be 5 one 5, but we're the one on one matchup is going to be between copper and bonner. I like it. It's going to be awesome. I'm really excited for it. I like it. And I also think, you know, you got to flip it over too and say, you know, who's going to check Candace, right? Well, John Collins. Right. But she can take her outside a little bit, right? So you can stretch her a little bit, get her in some pick and roll. Ideally, no. I mean, it depends on who John qua has not been playing that well. So I don't know. Maybe she can, but when John calls 2019 finals John quo, no, she can not, right? Yeah. Yeah, yeah. But you know, I think, you know, I think Chicago is also, you know, thinking, well, they gotta check us too, right? And the match ups aren't just like who's gonna check these people from Connecticut, but who go check us. Okay, who's gonna check quickly? Who's gonna check suit? You know, I think you have to flip the switch a little bit and say, you know, let's look at it on the other side. And see what kind of matchups can be exploited with how Chicago plays in the court of court. And when Courtney van der sloot gets ten toes in the paint, that's trouble. So you really have to put an onus on keeping her out of the lane, not letting her get downhill and transition. But she just finds a way, right? She'll snake in and out and for a reason, right? She's not just doing it because it looks cute.
Jonquel Jones has 19 points, Sun beat Wings 93-68 in Game 1
"The sun opened its WNBA playoff schedule by blowing out the wings 93 68 Connecticut scored 13 straight points in the third quarter and closed the period on a 17 5 run to go ahead by 18 John quill Jones had 19 points and 8 rebounds for the sun while Alyssa Thomas delivered 15 points ten boards and 7 assists DJ a Carrington chipped in 13 points for the third seated son who had 7 players score at least 8 points Alicia gray let Dallas with 17 points I'm Dave fairy
Sky score final nine points, beat Sun 95-92 in overtime
"This guy took another step toward wrapping up the Eastern Conference regular season title by outlasting the second place son 95 92 and overtime Ali quigley hit two big shots in OT and finished with 13 points and 5 assists Quickly came up big after the sun took a 92 86 lead with two O two remaining Kalia copper poured in 27 points as Chicago improved to 23 and 7 Dewanna bonner topped the sun with 23 points and 9 rebounds while Alyssa Thomas scored 22 points with 8 assists and 5 steals Connecticut is three games behind Chicago I'm Dave ferry
Sun beats Storm in Sue Bird's final game in Connecticut
"The sun had four players score at least 12 points in an 88 83 win over the storm Alyssa Thomas led the way with 19 points for Connecticut which scored the last 5 points to improve to 20 and 9 And the teacher hyneman hit a tie breaking three pointer with two 42 remaining the game's final basket Brianna Jones chipped in 13 points one more than Courtney Williams and dewanna bonner It was the final regular season game in Connecticut for former husky star Sue bird The 41 year old bird finished with 14 points and 7 assists for Seattle I'm Dave ferry
"alyssa thomas" Discussed on The Her Hoop Stats Podcast
"I mean, this team has really been trying to cover the holes in the boat. With some band aids, man. And it's just been really frustrating. But they've managed, they found a way, you know? Alyssa Thomas was the first triple double and Connecticut son history. I mean, there are players who are doing their due diligence and working extremely hard to make up for the fact that they are now lacking even more so. And the depth category for the team pushing towards the playoffs here. And what you want is your health. I mean, at this juncture of the season, you want to have all your cards in the deck. You want to have all your chess pieces in the box ready to go. And right now, I know Kurt Miller is totally disappointed in those two in particular. With their experience level, also with their leadership qualities too, that they provide to the team. So they can still do that obviously without being on the court. I think it's really going to be a challenge for them to sustain themselves. I mean, everyone else is going to have to play bigger minutes now on the perimeter of heidemann. She's going to have to play bigger minutes. And we'll see what that looks like for them. But they're up for the challenge, I believe. Yeah, I mean, I think at this point though, it is going to be a lot more about managing minutes. That's been the problem for both Connecticut and Las Vegas is when they get to the playoffs. It's just they've run out of steam in the past couple of years. And so they need to make sure those minutes are clean going into the playoffs. And hopefully there's a way to manage them because Alyssa Thomas. I mean, I don't know. I don't think you could sit a little so Thomas. I feel like she's a player I'd be afraid to sit. I'm not taking her. Unless she's in final trouble or she tweets something, guess what? You're not coming off the floor. It can be mad if they want to be mad. Listen, she's not coming out. She does too many things well for the team. And it's not like, you know, for me, you know, having coach for a long time. You know, the question sometimes is, why does she never come out? Or, you know, well, she made a mistake. Why did she stay in? Right. I'm like, because she didn't make 7 of them in a row. That's why she's not in, right? She'll make one mistake, but then do 8 things great, right? But then someone else may come in and do 7 things wrong. You got to come out because you're hurting us. You know what I'm saying? So it's all relative. So don't ask that question unless you want to hear the brutal honesty of what that entails. No one's perfect. We get it. But if you're plus is plus and you're negative is negative. Indicating there you go. Thank you. But guess what? If that's happening, you're playing. You're not coming off the floor. You're not coming off. I mean, I would never take her out. I'm looking at the minutes for us, Thomas. They are substantial folks. And she's a beast, but she has not played less than 32 minutes. Since July 17th. She should be playing that many minutes. I know. And I just get worried, I get worried because, you know, I want to see this team full throttle in the playoffs. So it'll be interesting. It'll be interesting to see how Kurt manages instincts here, but they still have a lot to play for. This whole, the whole league basically is still fighting for playoff position because you have the top 5 teams with Chicago and Las Vegas two teams. I want to talk about now with the commissioner code files, Connecticut, Seattle, and Washington, and all of those teams are it's 21 wins to 17 wins in that group. So it's easily that any of those teams can move up or down. The mystics hoping to move up until the three spot Connecticut probably hoping to move up until the one or two Seattle hoping to move up into the three like we've mentioned before you definitely don't want to be in that four or 5 spot. So can I can still as a ton to play for so there's Washington so there's Seattle and so does Vegas and Connecticut because Chicago because I need a little slide moves you back. And then on the other end, as we mentioned with the playoff teams like LA, Dallas, Atlanta, and Phoenix all have 12 wins right now. New York and Minnesota have kind of fallen off since we praised them in our power rankings. And they have ten wins. So there's still limit. It's just the whole leaks last so much to play for. So I think the last stretch can be really great. Right. But it is going to be on there's going to be an onus on Connecticut to see if how much it's worth having the three seed versus having your team be rested heading into the dance. Now it makes sense, but I mean, adrenaline is something that you have to count on to. I mean, the way that they went out last year after, you know, being hopeful for a title, right? You know, I think that can also be measured as well. Throw that throw that in, throw adrenaline in, throw, you know, you have another opportunity in, you know, there's a lot to pull season besides, you know, your physical rest, I think a lot of it is your mentality. And you know, I think they have a couple logs on that fire. That, you know, they want to redo from last year. And they may not have the, you know, jazz and Thomas are now bria Hartley on the floor. They have their mentality and trust and believe they haven't forgotten the possibility of that title last year and going right through their fingers. Yeah, no. They will, I think they're going to be up. And at least I'll have the chemistry, even if they're a little tired. Okay, moving on to the commissioner cup finals. Yeah. Let's talk about it because I thought it was very interesting. A 93 83 win for the Las Vegas aces over the Chicago sky, Vegas, I think, what was the lead they got out to? And that was like 50 11 to four or something like that. You have an onslaught of the first 13 points of the game. So it's 13 nothing and then they eventually got all the way up to like 25
Sun fend off Lynx 86-79 for third straight victory
"Atisha heidemann Brianna Jones and Alyssa Thomas loved the son to their third straight win 86 79 at Minnesota Hide him and nailed 5 three pointers while furnishing 19 points and 5 assists Jones provided 18 points and 8 rebounds while Thomas added 15 points ten boards and 5 assists Jones had 11 points in helping Connecticut build a 42 32 halftime lead The sun coughed up that lead and trailed 47 46 in the third quarter before improving to 18 and 9 Aerial powers was high scorer for the links with 17 points but Minnesota fell to ten and 19 I'm Dave
Thomas helps short-handed Sun beat Liberty 82-63
"Rihanna Jones and Alyssa Thomas led the shorthanded son to an 82 to 63 win over the liberty Jones tied a season high with 21 points to pick up the slack for Connecticut leading scorer John Paul Jones who didn't play due to health and safety protocols I think for me this one when I get them on a post I know what I'm gonna do I've been working on my mid range and attacking off the bat off the bounce Thomas added 18 points 13 rebounds 5 assists and a season high 6 deals Dijon Carrington scored a career high 18 points in just 18 minutes for the sun who broke it open with a 27 to 5 run and improved to 17 and 9 I'm Jane
Thomas, Sun rally from 17 down, beat Mystics 74-72 in OT
"The sun rallied from a 17 point second half deficit to beat the mystics 74 to 72 and overtime Alyssa Thomas scored 14 of her 23 points after halftime and had 9 rebounds Thomas and Courtney Williams take consecutive jumpers to start over time giving the sun their biggest lead of the game Williams finished with 15 points for Connecticut the mystics committed 9 of their 19 turnovers while scoring just 7 points in the fourth quarter Their lowest scoring period of the season Ariel Atkins had a team high 18 points for Washington 12 in the first quarter I'm Jane
"alyssa thomas" Discussed on WTOP
"Now to rob wood fork. Well, the nationals just can't catch a break when they face the Miami Marlins. This is a team that they have lost to ten out of the last 11 after today's 7 four extra innings heartbreaker and we're still awaiting word on Juan Soto. He left with a leg injury in the fourth inning. He's supposed to get an MRI, so we will see how he fares tomorrow. It's a morning game. They play at 1105, so it doesn't look good, but Soto without him. They ended up going into the 7th inning without a hit, Josh bell and Victor robles came up with some clutch hits late, but Tanner Rainey and Carl Edwards junior struggled in relief and that led to the extra inning defeat. Now the Orioles, Tyler wells, he's won four straight starts and 6 straight decisions after a three one victory in Minnesota to avoid a series sweep, all the scoring coming courtesy of home runs by what I like to call the law firm of Mancini mount castle and odor. Washington spirit it was not a good trip to San Diego. That's because of the weather, you really loved going to San Diego, but in this particular instance, it's a two one loss to wave FC, the expansion team. So Washington still in search of their first victory since May 1st. Mystics without Elena delle donne led by as many as 17 in Connecticut, they would fall in overtime. 74 72, a heartbreaker to open that road trip. Maryland alum Alyssa Thomas leading that second half charge for the sun. She scored 14 of her game high 23 points after halftime in tennis, Wimbledon, men's top seed, Novak Djokovic, a four set winner. He's onto the quarterfinals. That is a round that continues to elude. Hi, it's ville native Francis tiafoe, who falls short in a 5 set match to Belgium's David Goffin. Rob woodwork WTO sports. The top stories we're following for you this evening on WTO holiday travel numbers are expected to be around pre-pandemic levels. Despite high gas prices and expected flight delays, our three area airports report 302 delayed flights and 18 cancellations. It is looking like pre-pandemic days in the district as well with 4th of July festivities back in full force. Look for that parade fireworks and a concert on the west lawn of the capitol for the D.C. festivities, but metro says its rail capacity will be lower than typical for July 4th. Russia claims control today over the last Ukrainian stronghold in an eastern province that's been key to achieving a major goal of the Russian invasion. Ukraine's president says the fight for the city of lissajous is ongoing. Stay with WTO for more. On these stories in just minutes, 7 48. It's every parent's nightmare at the beach. 12 year old boy who disappeared while swimming off the coast of Virginia Beach has been found dead. Local news outlets report that boats, divers, and at least one helicopter assisted the Virginia marine resources commission and U.S. coast guard in the search for the child. It was last seen by his family in the water about ten 30 this morning. His body recovered about three hours later, according to police in Virginia Beach. Still, I had on WTO. What to watch in the soon to be released June jobs report. I'm Mark Hamrick previewing, the closely watched snapshot on the economy in my report just ahead. 7 48. Traffic and weather on the 8s, here's Joe Fox in the traffic center. Sarah reversed from earlier we're looking at no issues in Maryland, so it's the looking good on the capitol beltway two 70, 95 between the beltways BW Parkway and the bay bridge all with no issues at this hour in the district. We do have a little bit of a volume slowdown in between benning road and Pennsylvania avenue. That's not out of the ordinary. The southeast Southwest freeway and the third street tunnel looking good, though no issues on the 14th street bridge. A couple of places we are looking at issues are on the Virginia side of the Wilson bridge. If you're on the outer loop, so that's coming from Virginia into Maryland on the through lanes. The left lane of two is going to be blocked, and that's with a disabled vehicle on the left side of E dot error board is with it, but there's no delay, so you can get through there just follow police direction and stay to the right. 95 southbound is in great shape, no issues at the aka Kwan or through Fredericksburg as you head down towards Richmond. 66 is in very good shape as well. Do have a crash that we thought was clear, but may still be working in the vicinity of the Berg center shopping center. So this is going to be a one 23 in Burke center Parkway. Authorities had it earlier on one 23. I think it's actually on Burke center Parkway, headed westbound, past the shopping center, use caution, follow police direction. You might be routed through the shopping center just to get around that crash and then you're in good shape. As you head westbound towards fairfax station or towards George Mason. Silver diner seasonal menu has several new plant based options from the vegan and gluten free Thai cauliflower quinoa pasta to their dairy free shakes. Silver diner dot com eat well. Be well, Joe Fox WTO traffic. Thank you, Joe, and now to storm team four meteorologist Samara Theodore. Well my Friends, we've got a nice holiday in store, The Rain now behind us for the remainder of the holiday weekend. Tonight we're quiet and we're clear, temperatures, upper 60s, around 70° very comfortable out there. Tomorrow,
"alyssa thomas" Discussed on Winsidr WNBA Show
"Is kind of the opposite arc for them. They got off to a really rough start and then we're kind of forced to scramble the whole year and then really got back into the thick of things. And had ended up having a great season, but if you looked at the minute totals for dewanna bonner and Alyssa Thomas and some of their primary players that season, you know, they were playing 35 out of every 40 minutes, not exactly a sustainable model when a lot of these players have to play two seasons. But if you look at the minute totals right now, Jasmine Thomas, the only one over 30 minutes a game, everyone else is minutes have been extremely manageable. And so I think that, you know, what we've seen from this bench has been really, really exciting. I think DJ Aaron, we just talked about Lexi Brown, you know, being someone who played at athletes unlimited and just gained a whole lot of confidence that we're really seeing this season in her offensive repertoire. DJ Carrington is another one who's just making the most of her minutes right now and is exactly the type of player that Connecticut team desperately needs, which is kind of someone who can come in on this back court and really just give a little bit of offensive punch when they're lacking it. So I think that's huge. I want to amend what I said earlier. Alyssa Thomas is the only one over 30 minutes a game so far. I apologize for the mistake, not Jasmine. But regardless, the point being that this early, easy schedule so far has afforded Kurt Miller the luxury to see what he has in nea clown and to give natisha heideman big minutes and to give Dijon a 24 minutes a game. I don't think anyone anticipated that. So I'd be very enthused with the caveat that they haven't played anyone yet and really the ultimate question is can this team maximize both Alyssa Thomas and John quell Jones at the same time against the best teams. They did a good job of that in 2019. But it's 2022 now and we'll have to wait and see. Yeah, the only thing I want to add to that is just so our listeners can get an idea of it. Carmilla is so used to playing like a 5 6 person rotation, right? And you think I'm exaggerating. I'm really not. But now he has the ability with this roster and with duana bonner back and having Courtney Williams, you have Carrington. You have hide him in. I know he's, you know, cloud and still some work to do. You have homes. And you got Brie Jones. Like, they have legitimately four players that you can make an argument on a different WNBA team would be starting. So yeah, who's your up team? Totally. So this is the team is the final team we're talking about this week on stocks up in stocks down. And if you're a fan of this team, you might be mad at us at this point because it's week three. We have yet to discuss this team. And this team, you know, I'd say without a doubt, it's pretty hard to make a case against what I'm about to say. This team, the Las Vegas aces have been the story of the season so far. I mean, just an incredibly fun bunch to watch and I think a very rewarding start to the season for all of us who have watched the aces for the last handful of years under Bill laimbeer, who I must point out is a legend is a three time WNBA champion is a multiple time NBA champion, the guy has it all and clearly kind of beloved by his players. It was wonderful seeing them all swarm him on the sidelines after they won last week. So no shade towards Bill laimbeer. I'm done with that, but I think we all knew it. I think most of us knew it, he just was not the right coach for the modern game. And was really stifling the potential of most of the players on this roster for the last few seasons. And to see a team who just feels empowered right now. That's the word that I would assign to this early season scorching start for Las Vegas is just the empowerment that these players are playing with. Obviously I'll start with one of my all time faves who I feel very validated and how she's playing right now. Jackie young, I've been defending her for years as people have been calling her overrated. I mean, no one's had a better start to the season, Jackie's guarding the other team's best perimeter offensive player. She's arguably been the ace's best offensive player as well. Asia Wilson just dominating folks on defense, doing what she does on offense. Kelsey plum is having a career year. The system that Becky Hammond has come in and installed in Las Vegas, essentially gives the power to the players. There was a, there was a great clip that you'll see on WNBA league pass during commercials where I don't know if this was in training camp or one of the early practices, but it doesn't really matter regardless she's saying, hey, if we're running a play and you're open, don't keep running the play, shoot the ball. And you're seeing that, these players are just playing with such flow and such ease and such confidence, and they're running teams off the floor. A few stats for you here. If you will, the aces have a one 10.3 offensive rating, which means for those unfamiliar with the stat. That they're scoring a 110 plus points per 100 possessions, which is best in the league and is in striking distance of the 2019 mystics who had the best offensive rating of all time. So something to follow going through this season is the race for the best offensive rating ever for the nerds out there, such as myself. The aces are first in defensive rebounding percentage. So they're grabbing all the misses, which I think is very notable given that, you know, people always talked about, hey, can this team win with Asia Wilson at the 5 and DR can be at the fore. They always played so.
"alyssa thomas" Discussed on WNBA Nation
"Okay, I'm gonna go this way, which is not necessarily how I expected to go with them. I'm gonna give them the Fuji. And I'm gonna tell you why. Fuji usually hits it for me. It's a good apple. I generally like it. It's not my favorite. But it's consistent. And I like that consistency from a Fuji. But there's also a dark secret to a Fuji. Do you know how the Fuji was created Steve? The Fuji. I know you're about to tell me red delicious. It is a mix between it is a mix between a virgin and your real skin. And a red delicious. That is what makes the Fuji and as such, if you're ever wondering why Connecticut can't get across the line, there's just a little bit of red delicious in there. And the curse Fuji. The Fuji is a good apple. But it's roots, tie it to not being able to cross the finish line. And that's going to be my analogy for why the Connecticut sun consistently are a great team, but never can quite seem to put it all together and make it work. I wow. That I feel like you just described. I think you just described the Connecticut sun better than anyone ever has before. By being in this apple cite, you might have just explained it. Oh man, that's amazing. And it's funny. Because I think it ties perfectly with my pick because I think the sun or gala apple like we talked about gala might be the safest Apple pick, there is. Because you're going to find it, first of all, I picked Fuji for the sparks not yellow. Yeah. They are one of the safest picks they are everywhere. They're commonly a good price. And it doesn't matter what time of year you have it. You're going to have a good experience with a gal apple if you find one that's just not heavily bruised or messed up. So it's a solid apple it works. And I think that in a way is a brand that with the sun is, you know, it just works when it works it works. And that's kind of what it is is they have a system that makes sense. They know the pieces they fit into it and they tend to make it work now. The other side of it, we've talked a lot about how well coached this team is and how everyone knows their role and in a lot of ways, it makes it sometimes hard for one star to stand out from there because of how well all of the players mesh together. And this is talking about a team that just sprouted an MVP. But still, I mean, they found a way to have that almost positionless almost starless. You know, they're able to all really work together linearly, which is always very impressive. And I like how that works for the Fuji because I'm going to be 100% Frank outside of maybe you yourself Jason. If I set any human down with a gala and a Fuji, could they honestly tell me which is which? I have to check every time I go to the store. I mean, anytime I see like a main display of one that's on sale, I have to check to make sure I know which is which. They are extremely similar apples. The database list that I'm looking at right now that rank these have them one after the other. And honestly, you look at the photos and you're like the lighting's different. Otherwise, they're probably the exact same Apple. Now, I don't believe the gala apple has any lineage to a red delicious so that changes it a little bit. It says it has hints of vanilla and a floral aroma, which is pretty amazing to say out loud. But yeah, I stand by that. Also it's one of the few apple's natively grown in Connecticut. They only have a few. One of them is the coon. So look at you. So you called that one out. There's actually only one we haven't listed yet. They might be listing it for another team. We'll see. But that puts us three, 6, 9. So let's take another quick break. We'll do another quick Q&A and then we'll round out our Apple discussion. Okay, let's see. If Connecticut is going to have Williams, John quell and Alyssa Thomas, if all three of those end up in Connecticut, what other team has the horsepower to really challenge them? In terms of talent on the court. I mean, I know it sounds obvious, and that's not my take, but I mean, conditioning is one thing, but a healthy Chicago team can go head to head with that a thing. Yeah. Potentially. And while these are honestly in Minnesota, Minnesota, that was the other team I was gonna call it. When Minnesota's working on all cylinders and again, with Connecticut and Minnesota are both teams that I'd stand by saying a traditional playoff format really benefits them more than most teams. Because I think we learned when the race is tight enough in the playoff run when one to 8, there's talent levels up and down. That layoff for that buy can hurt some rosters more than it helps them. Yeah. Because there's rust, there's layoff, you're coming up against a team carrying momentum. So having that traditional playoff structure, I actually think helps teams like that. Minnesota in terms of athleticism, probably a little bit more than Chicago. I think Chicago defensively could do well. Phoenix adds to that on the defensive end. But for a full 40, I would probably link Connecticut's way. But I mean, we just talked about it with coordinate and that's such a deep roster. And that's what's crazy about it is. And they're only getting deeper. I don't know that they're going to lose assets enough to really hinder that. And looking at what happened with Seattle this last year gives you an idea of what happens when a team sacrifices their depth for one.
"alyssa thomas" Discussed on Winsidr WNBA Show
"Rough shop. 'cause that's what it was, but here's my thing. Let me just give my opinion and then you can react and tell me. One, clear copper probably should have got a flagrant tech something for that chokehold. She in no way was getting the ball, right? Second, should that be ejected for that? Typically, yes, but to everybody, you know, we can hate on Diana, I see all you want. Whatever you want to say, yeah, the woman throws bows and shoves people just like baiting the refs to call fouls on her because she knows that the ref would be is very inclined mentally to not follow her out of the game. That said, are you really going to kick out? Do you fans? Do you want to see the mercury lose because their best player got kicked out as a game for that? Or do you want, you know what I mean? Or do you want to see them have their best players and compete? Yeah, I mean, it's ridiculous to even see that happen in the first place. But it's such a tough one because I can see either side of the argument like was it like a malicious kind of like, okay, I'm coming in and just completely or was it a heat of the moment kind of reactionary type of thing and I think I tend to lay on the other side of it of kind of like, okay, you know, there's a little bit of a battle. She's coming into kind of help break things up, whatever. No, you can not eject or whatever to razzing in that situation. You just can't. And I think that that was the right call. Do I think that, you know, there's certain instances where you just have to read the room and take in this situation and just not, but that's not a free passage just let tries to do whatever the hell she wants. But that's a tough one to me. It's crazy that that even happened in my mind, but no, you can't have trazi out in that game. She has to be on the floor. Can you imagine if she got ejected? I think everyone in the dub in the women's basket community are heads all would have exploded. You know, you just can't, that can't happen. Also, how are you not gonna give cop a tech if you're gonna, that's the other thing. People want to talk about that's the funny thing about fandom, right? The Chicago sky fans didn't see clea copper chokehold. So that's the other aspect of this. And to me, that's probably the more the bigger topic of conversation, which sounds funny, considering trials, you just walked up and shoved a raft. But I think that I think that. Sorry, but the rest face when she got shoved when she turned around and saw who it was. There was this face of who the and then it was kind of just like what the hell do I do? That really happened. It was so shocking that those refs had to just be like, okay. And I mean, that's a hell of a hell of a break for Phoenix. I initially thought the Kalia copper Sophie Cunningham scrum. First and foremost, it's just funny how people want to get all smacky after a miss layup. Right? Make the freaking layup. Again, I can't get past the layups. But I do think that, yeah, I mean, it's a heat of the moment battle. You're battling for the possession, both players are on the floor, Sophie Cunningham is Sophie Cunningham. I thought that it was clean. You know, I really kind of thought, okay, this is just an intense battle situation and we're on the floor and everyone's getting chippy. And I didn't think it was a big deal until I saw the replay of it. Shout out to the replay that we kind of got to see that was good and the one where you play the same there was a, you know, that it was the neck aspect of that that took to another level. I think it could have gone either way. You know, I wouldn't have been surprised if they had elevated that. Just because of that neck thing. Like when I saw that, I went, okay, this is this could be a lot more this could be sued. I wanted the hot mic. So bad. I just want to know what they're saying to each other because here's the other thing. Everyone's going to talk about that Southfield. I don't know if she's from south Philly or I don't know anything about Philadelphia. But clea copper was in her bag that obviously frustrated the mercury had a game plan that was clearly too frustrated and impact her in a way that they weren't able to in game one. I loved the back and forth. And I agree with you. Let them play. You know what I mean? And the other thing people want to say whatever they want. Alyssa Thomas got a technical for doing less than what Khalil copper did. True, that's a good point. That's a really good point. But it was a break for Chicago. I think that it could have gone in Phoenix's favor and that could have been elevated. So I do think that that was a break now. Was it a glaring huge moment that changed the momentum or would have made a huge implication for the game? Maybe. I mean, I don't know, but it was a break for Chicago. I think it could have gone either way. Yeah, it's really all right, well, I think those are, I mean, the only other controversy was diat Rossi falling over and she got rid of it. She got rid of it. She my thing with that whole thing was we can't hear there was times where the rest were blowing the whistle and us as like fans watching from home couldn't hear the whistle, right? So like am I gonna give them the benefit of the doubt that sandy was calling time out from behind? I saw one camera angle because you know the WNBA. We have two cameras. I.