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Postgame Quotes/Notes - Storm 91, Phoenix 88 (Game 2)

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TONIGHT'S NOTES
  • Sue Bird's three-pointer broke a tie with 2.8 seconds left and gave the Storm the victory. Bird's three capped a 15-0 run to rally from a 12-point deficit with 3:21 left to play.
  • The Storm remained unbeaten in the 2010 WNBA Playoffs, sweeping its second consecutive series to advance to the WNBA Finals for the second time in franchise history (previously 2004).
  • The 19-point margin overcome by the Storm was the team's largest comeback of the season and the largest in the playoffs in franchise history.
  • All five starters scored in double figures for Seattle led by Swin Cashís 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting. Cash also grabbed eight rebounds, tying two others for a team high.
  • Lauren Jackson finished with 20 points on 7-fo-15 shooting and also snatched eight boards.
  • Sue Bird dished out eight assists to go along with her 16 points.
  • This was just the second time in franchise history Phoenix has been swept in the postseason (2000 vs. Los Angeles). The Storm earned its third all-time sweep.
  • The loss was Phoenixís first in an elimination game since the 2000 postseason. The Mercury is 8-3 in elimination games overall and had not lost a postseason series since Diana Taurasi joined the club in 2004.
  • Seattle improved to 2-2 all-time vs. Phoenix in the postseason. The Mercury swept the Storm in the 2007 Western Conference Semifinals.
  • Seattle outscored Phoenix 22-9 in the last two minutes of each quarter combined, highlighted by a 9-0 advantage to end the fourth.
  • Taurasi led all scorers with 28 points on 9-of-11 shooting, including 7-of-11 from behind the arc. Her seven made three-pointers matched a career playoff high originally set vs. Detroit in the 2007 Finals.
  • Temeka Johnson had 15 points and 12 assists, both postseason career highs and the first postseason double-double of her career.
  • The Storm won all seven head-to-head matchups with Phoenix. Previously, the Storm went 7-0 against the Los Angeles Sparks this season.
  • Sept. 5, 2010

    STORM HEAD COACH BRIAN AGLER:


    On the game:
    We have had a lot of games with the Mercury like that, not just this year, but over the past three years I have been in Seattle. I think we have the ability to do two things with each other. We have the ability to bring the best out of each other. I also think we have the ability sometimes to bring out the worse, but in todayís game you saw a lot of good out of both teams. We knew with them being the defending champs that they were not going to go down easy, and fortunately for us we hung in there.

    On the final play:
    We had it drawn up the timeout before Sue (Bird) even called one because we thought that we might get the ball and not even use it and come down and just run it. We were going to put Tanisha (Wright) in a pick-and-roll and try to get some action on the back side with Sue and Lauren (Jackson) and we thought that one of them might get freed up. Fortunately Sue got freed up.

    STORM GUARD SUE BIRD:


    On winning the series and reaching the WNBA Finals:
    Itís definitely meaningful, especially considering the last five years we have not got out of the first round. For us it was almost a serious of humps. We had to get over the hump to get out of the first round and to be in the Western Conference Finals. I know I didnít want to play Phoenix in Game 3. That would have been very hard even on our home court, so the best part about hitting that shot is that the series is over and we have a week to prepare.

    On the final play:
    We had a lot of time and we knew that we wanted to take the last shot. We didnít want to even give them an opportunity to even get a look at the basket. Brian drew up a play and it was basically for T to come off the pick-and-roll and for Lauren to down screen for me. We ran it earlier in the game and Lauren actually got under the rim and was able to score that way. It was just one of those things, T had to make the read and they both had to run down to Lauren for a second and I had just enough time to get it off.

    STORM FORWARD LAUREN JACKSON:


    On the comeback:
    There have been numerous times this year where we have been down in the final quarter and sort of been able to work our way back into the game. It is just the confidence that I think we have in each other. They relaxed a little bit and we just took advantage of the opportunities.

    PHOENIX HEAD COACH COREY GAINES:
    On the Storm's comeback:
    We started making baskets and before what we were doing was we were getting stops and getting transition plays for us where they either had to foul or we had the momentum going to the basket. They got free throws, and-ones, which is even worse. The game slowed down and they hit some big shots.

    On takeaways from the game:
    I have to watch the tape. Right now, I told our players that it was a funny year for us. We started off kind of bad and I told them a lot of teams could have given up right there, but we didnít. We kept fighting, got into the playoffs and they fought. Seattle is a good team, I canít take anything away from them Ė they were a good team all year and they were a good team tonight. They stayed with it. We tried to really force the game on them up-tempo, but they hung in there. Theyíre a good team.

    On how the Storm was able to make up ground so quickly:
    The and-ones didnít help. It stops the clock, gives them time to set their defense and they get three points out of it. In the end, I didnít think they were really running their offense, it was more they were coming down and probing, trying to get something in the pick-and-roll. Theyíd get offensive rebounds, putbacks, another shot and youíve got a scramble now and youíre not really in any defense where you can have something set and they hit shots.

    PHOENIX GUARD DIANA TAURASI:
    On the Storm's comeback:
    They did a good job of executing at the end and getting to the free throw line a lot. Things like that get you back in the game and they did a good job of that.

    On losing the lead:
    Thatís been the storyline of our season, really. When weíre tuned in, weíre really good and little by little, we lose focus. Theyíre a good team, they played really well this year and they showed it.

    On chances to tie or win late in the game:
    We had chances to win and we just didnít get it done Ė not only tonight, but throughout the year weíve been pretty inconsistent as a team and as individuals. Thatís what it shows in games like this.

    On the game:
    We did everything we wanted to do, except for win. It just came down to getting stops and we didnít get them when we needed to and Seattle came out on top.

    PHOENIX GUARD TEMEKA JOHNSON:
    On the game:
    We did everything we wanted to do, except for win. It just came down to getting stops and we didnít get them when we needed to and Seattle came out on top.

    On what the Mercury needs to differently to win Game 2:
    Make shots. I think we need to run more. First half we didnít run hardly at all and second half, we did a little more. We need to be more aggressive attacking the basket. We did that a little bit in the first half, but we werenít necessarily getting calls, so we kind of went away from it. As long as weíre aggressive, we should be fine.

    On her miss with the game tied:
    Like Dee said, it just wasnít executed. The play called had a couple of different options and we got to the hole and just didnít finish it.

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