You don’t usually say that a closeout is a great playoff series, but damn was that a series! Seattle dominated the league the entire season, and is only the fourth team go to unbeaten in the playoffs after the 97 and 00 Comets and the 02 Sparks. But the Dream shook their trees. They made the Storm work for every point and every rebound.
Usually, one or the other team will have an “off” game at some point in the playoffs, but both teams were 100 percent on in all three games. It was a pleasure to watch.
Seattle’s experience definitely won it for them. When they had a few cracks in composure, they promptly got it together. Atlanta and Angel McCoughtry, on the other hand, still let circumstances take their heads out of the game at times.
Storm players really deserved that ring – especially those who were there for the last one. And Dream players and fans should be excited because they’ve got a scary good team that can only get better.
I knew the Storm would win it all this year at the June 5 outdoor game in LA that I attended as part of the media. I interviewed Sue Bird, Tanisha Wright, Ashley Robinson and Brian Agler separately, and all said the same things about where their collective heads were and what the strengths of the team were. They were not only on the same page, but the same paragraph and sentence. The writing (no pun intended) was on the wall.
Storm fans will have their parade Friday evening. I hope people take pictures for me.
Edit at 9:30 p.m.: That was fast…..Storm merchandise for sale.