Basketball On The Internet.

Sponsored by:

AllStar Photos

Specialising in Action, Team and Portrait Photography.


Advertising opportunities available.
Please contact me.

Bob's Corner: Sun ready to set on Vegas

BOB'S CORNER: The WNBA Finals between Connecticut Sun and Las Vegas Aces is about to tip off and our US correspondent BOB CRAVEN is ready to bring us all the action. And that's despite his disappointment Seattle Storm's Breanna Stewart finished behind A'ja Wilson for the league's MVP award.

THE WNBA Finals are now set after the Connecticut Sun beat the defending champion Chicago Sky 72-63 in a deciding Game 5 in Chicago. 

Chicago appeared to be in the driver's seat with a nine-point lead well into the fourth quarter, but the Sun scored the last 18 points of the game to win going away. 

Game 1 of the Finals will be Sunday in Las Vegas.

The WNBA also announced its award for MVP and there was a bit of an upset there, unless you live in Las Vegas. 

Seattle's Breanna Steward narrowly won the AP's Player of the Year award over A'ja Wilson of Las Vegas, and thus was considered favorite to win the league's MVP award as well. 

However, Wilson bested Stewart for the MVP award. 

Wilson had 31 first place votes to Stewart's 23. Each of the 56 voters had to rank order their votes 5-4-3-2-1 and in the total votes, Wilson had 478 to Stewart's 446.

In looking at the Storm's season, the Seattle TIMES had an interesting look at the Storm's mid-season acquisition of veteran star post player, Tina Charles. 

She was brought in essentially to win the title, but it didn't work out the way the Storm had hoped. 

By replacing Ezi Magbegor as the starting post player, Charles definitely had an impact on the team's rebounding, including a Storm playoff record 18 boards in Game 1 of the semifinals.  But she was wildly inconsistent with her shot and was only 4-of-14 from the free throw line in the postseason.

Magbegor, by her own admission, said she did not adjust well to coming in off the bench again, once Charles arrived. At that point, Ezi was averaging 12.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and a league-leading 2.7 blocks in slightly more than 30 minutes per game. 

In the last 15 games, she averaged 6.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game in 19.4 minutes. 

INTERNATIONAL men's basketball news now and in the EuroBasket tourney in Milan, Luka Doncic scored 47 points, the second highest point total in tournament history, in an 88-82 win for Slovenia over France.

That gave them the top seed out of Group B into the knockout rounds this weekend. The game gives Slovenia a measure of payback, as France defeated Slovenia in the Olympic semifinals at the Tokyo Games last summer.

The previous second highest point total was 46 by Greece's Nikos Galis in 1983 against Sweden. 

The most ever in a European Championship game was 63 points by Belgium's Eddy Terrace against Albania.

Greece handily defeated Estonia 90-69 to win the top seed in Group C. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 25 points in the first 19 minutes, then had to leave with some sort of ankle injury.

USA Basketball sent a group of unknowns to the AmeriCup tournament in Brazil, and in their most recent game they rallied past Puerto Rico 85-84 on a short runner in the key with 1.4 seconds left in the game.  The US will play Argentina in one semifinal later today (Sunday).

One quick anniversary to note:

In 2013, Riquna Williams of the Tulsa Shock set a WNBA record with 51 points in a win over the San Antonio Silver Stars.  At that time the record was 47 points shared by Phoenix's Diana Taurasi and Seattle's Lauren Jackson. 

Williams' record was surpassed two years ago by Las Vegas' Liz Cambage, who scored 53 against the NY Liberty.  Interestingly, Williams is now a backup PG for the Las Vegas Aces and will be playing in the league finals starting tomorrow.

Sep 11

Content, unless otherwise indicated, is © copyright Boti Nagy.