Analyzing the First Half of 2013
Before looking ahead to the much more significant second half of the WNBA season for the Mercury, itís important to spend a few minutes discussing the roller-coaster that was the first half of 2013.
The theme so far? Resilience. It sounds tired, but thatís the best way to describe the 2013 Phoenix Mercury as evidenced by at least seven players missing time at some point.
The Mercury is 9-9 through their first 18 games of the year and currently sits at third place in the deep Western Conference. Only eight of the teamís first 18 games were at home including two each against the West-leading Minnesota Lynx and the surging Los Angeles Sparks.
That means Phoenix has already played 10 of their 17 road games on the year with just three coming in August (seven of their ten games are at US Airways Center in August).
After starting 0-3, Phoenix made the switch back to their patented up-tempo system which was a major factor in the Mercury winning nine of their next 15 games. Indeed, working a 6-8 phenom into the mix combined with multiple players missing time due to injuries certainly made things difficult for the Mercury.
But to their credit, and to no oneís surprise, they continued to make new decisions based on new facts and remained both strong and united.
In spite of the slow start and the constant injury battle, some amazing things occurred throughout the first 18 games.
Hereís a few:
Make sure to visit PhoenixMercury.com Tuesday, July 30 for the keys to the second half of the 2013 season.