Sunday's Sky game at the Allstate Arena looked like a scrimmage game between the San Antonio Stars bench and the Chicago Sky bench as almost all of the Sky starters sat out the game in preparation for the upcoming post-season play. Only Courtney Vandersloot and some-time starter Allie Quigley showed up in the actual game resulting in a losing effort as San Antonio beat the Sky 84-72. There was more than likely some strategy in benching the starters of Fowles, Delle Donne and Prince because with this loss the Sky will face the Atlanta Dream in the first round of the play-offs versus having to face the Indiana Fever right off the bat - the team which has become a nemesis for the Sky squad the last couple of years. No matter who the Sky face, at least our starters will be well rested and ready to bring out the beast in the team that has barely played as a cohesive unit more than a few games due to injuries, illness and other assorted dilemmas.
Game one against Atlanta is Friday night in Atlanta and it will be interesting to see if the Dream's big scorer Angel McCoughtry is back in uniform as she was out with a foot injury when the teams last played a week or so ago. Although after reviewing some stats on the Dream's web site, it looks like Angel's on the mend as she played sparingly in their last game which was a loss to the Connecticut Sun - scoring ten points for Atlanta in about 20 minutes of playing time. The Dream also sat most of their starters in their final game of the regular season most likely for the same reasons as the Sky - to get their players rested up and ready to hit the play-offs in full stride.
Class acts at the Sky game on Sunday - Head Coach Pokey Chatman presented San Antonio Stars' Guard Becky Hammon with some flowers and other gifts for the six-time WBNA All-Star who is retiring after 16 seasons. The 37-year-old guard was hired as an assistant coach with the NBA's San Antonio Spurs earlier this month which is an historical achievement in that Hammon will be the first ever full-time female assistant coach in the NBA. Hammon received a loud roar from the bipartisan crowd as she was presented with her gifts and smiled broadly as she waved to the fans in the arena. Very cool moment and a personal one for both Chatman and Hammon who are good friends off the court, too. Another continuing class moment from the Sky's games this season continued as a member of our armed services was honored at half-time - and the crowd stood up and applauded mightily for this young lady for her service to our country! The only bummer is that when they announce who the service member is, you really can't hear the name as it's so loud in the arena and everything sounds like garbled words from the P.A. announcer. Whoever you are, you beautiful lady in uniform, we all salute you and thank you for your service. And to Becky Hammon, good luck in the WNBA play-offs and best to you as an NBA Asst. Coach...YOU GO GIRLS!!!
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