Seattle Storm Practice Notebook: Sept. 13, 2010

Sep 13 2010 7:56PM
SEATTLE, Sept. 13, 2010 -- The Seattle Storm gathered for practice and media time Monday afternoon at KeyArena to talk about Game Two of the WNBA Finals against the Atlanta Dream. Here are just a few highlights from around the Storm.

Home is Where the Fans Are: The Storm own the league’s best home record at 20-0 this season, including the playoffs. Another crowd of 15,000-plus is expected for Tuesday’s game, which means it’s going to be loud. Camille Little told me on Saturday that it’s hard for them to hear in their own building sometimes.

That said, the Storm players know that the Dream are going to do all they can to try and steal Game Two.

“The WNBA Finals are really intense,” forward-center Lauren Jackson said. “We’re very well aware that they’re going to want to come in and beat us tomorrow. We just have to watch film today and focus on the things we need to do to get better.”

Atlanta’s Game Plan: Obviously Seattle doesn’t know exactly what the Dream’s exact attack plan for Game Two will be. They have their assumptions though, and head coach Brian Agler believes Atlanta is going to battle hard.

“I think they’ll be aggressive trying to get free throw attempts, more aggressive in transition, trying to create things off their defense, getting (Angel) McCoughtry involved and getting the ball into her hands a lot,” the third-year Storm coach said.

All-WNBA Teams: The league announced the 10 players who were named to the All-WNBA First and Second Teams while the Storm held a FIT event Monday afternoon. Seattle forward Lauren Jackson was named to the First Team, while teammate Sue Bird was voted onto the Second Team. Two days now, Agler has said that Bird plays her position better than anyone in the league, and he feels she was slighted by not making the First Team.

“Obviously there are a lot of good players in this league. The people on that First Team are exceptional,” Agler said. “Am I disappointed? Yea, I’m very disappointed. I’m disappointed for her.”

“I think with two guards, to make first team for a point guard would be really hard,” Bird said, before acknowledging there’s no way you could keep First-Team guards Cappie Pondexter and Diana Taurasi off the list.

Bench Banter: Svetlana Abrosimova has been Agler’s go-to on the bench this season. She received over 20 minutes of playing time on Sunday, mostly in place of fellow forward Swin Cash, who picked up three fouls in the first quarter. Abrosimova started 148 of 210 games in her WNBA career prior to joining Seattle in 2010. This season, however, she was in the starting lineup just once. If you think this bothers Abrosimova, you’re wrong.

“He’s a great coach and he knows my game and what I can do to help,” Abrosimova said. “At the same time, he knows when Swin is playing her best and he’s not going to take her out. I’m okay playing 10 minutes or 20 minutes. It doesn’t matter.”

Reading Material: Have you ever wondered where Bird gets her WNBA news from?

“I read the Seattle Times and I check,,” the four-time All-Star said.

UCONN… Huskies!: “I have to go to great lengths just to watch Connecticut play, just because of the time zone and the lack of good Internet at times,” Bird said. “It can be rough.”

Practice Makes Perfect: The Storm may be gearing up to rain threes on the Dream on Tuesday night. At practice they played a game where, collectively, they had to make 100 3-pointers before they could move on. The task was completed; however, I caught the end of the game so I can’t report what their shooting percentage was. Seattle’s 36.9 percent from behind the arc was second-best in the league this season.