WNBA: Seattle Storm struggle outside of Breanna Stewart’s 27, Loyd’s 13

A couple of short articles earlier, I stated the Seattle Storm were “embarrassingly by their standards” near the bottom of the league in basket portion. Speaking of embarrassingly by their requirements, the following occurred Friday night:

Stewart did her task with 27 points, 8 rebounds 3 takes and 4 blocks and Jewell Loyd had a strong 13 points and 4 helps, however the next greatest scorer on the group had simply 4 points. The depth that the Storm have actually applauded themselves for this season just wasn’t there.

“At the beginning of the season, our reserves held us and kept us in games and came through,” stated head coach Noelle Quinn. “It’s not necessarily I feel like with this team one third person, but like multiple efforts from multiple people. And it is important. We can’t continue to rely on one and two, that’s not how we’re built. We’re built to move the ball, flow, everybody gets some looks, everybody gets into their sweet spots. But right now we’re not even moving the ball and flowing as much we should. And yeah, we need some contributions everywhere.”

The ball motion and circulation was most likely doing not have due to Bird’s lack, so it’s rather excusable. And what Ezi Magbegor gives the table is underrated and she was likewise out. She is the group’s third-leading scorer at 10.8 points per video game. Still, the Storm did not look great.

“I think that in the beginning of the game we were a little bit uncomfortable,” Stewart stated. “I don’t think we were flowing the way that we wanted to. Then it was a stretch where we were getting good shots, good looks that we would take that haven’t dropped. And then it was just back to a little bit of not in the flow and the rhythm that we want. I think all of this is self-inflicted. Our defense was pretty good, giving up 68 points total is pretty good. But when we barely get over the 50-point hump — we’ve got a lot to work on.”

“Honestly I think we’re just missing shots,” Loyd stated. “They’re good shots. I don’t feel like anything’s forced or bad shots, it’s just finding a rhythm. We’ll be more consistent with that and we know that. … We’ll figure out how to get in a better rhythm, whether that’s better play calls, getting in more of a flow. We can fix that.”

The Storm are now 5-4 and 4 losses is no place near sufficient to state this group is having a hard time, however the humiliating nature of Friday’s loss raised concerns about what it seemed like for Stewart and Loyd to handle something so frustrating.

“I mean, my first two years we were less than .500,” Stewart stated. “I believe that this is not the time to like strike the panic button, this is the time to like figure shit out. And that’s what we require to do. We have a group filled with veterinarians. Obviously wanting to get our other 2 back eventually. But while they are out, we require to be much better. I indicate, I don’t understand the last time we had 2 quick break points. Like just 2. And we wish to press the ball. So there’s a great deal of things we can quibble about tonight. And we’re gonna take it, we’re gonna absorb it, we’re gonna go house. But we have a video game on Sunday. So it’s reverse, concentrate on Connecticut.

“Last year I’m sure we lost to a group by 20 points. It takes place to us every year. Usually it’s the day video game on the East Coast. But it takes place. I’m not fretted, Jewell’s not anxious, no one on our personnel is fretted. We’re positive with individuals we have in our space and on our group. And Noey discussed it: we play basketball for a living. It’s our task to head out and carry out and play well and we’re gonna do that.

“I think the biggest thing is we can’t let our confidence waver. We know who we are, we know how we play and we need to do it.”

The 2016 and 2017 Storm both had the existing huge 3 of Stewart, Loyd and Bird and went 16-18 and 15-19, respectively. And Stewart and Loyd, though really young those seasons, were not far at all from the gamers they are today. The addition of Natasha Howard in 2018 assisted the Storm win the WNBA title and Howard was once again a crucial member of the group when they won it once again in 2020. Last year without Howard, Seattle was an excellent 21-11 and won the Commissioner’s Cup. They weren’t able to show they might win everything without Howard, however didn’t have a reasonable shot with Stewart missing out on the playoffs.

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