After the Indiana Fever upset the Sue Bird -less Seattle Storm 90-84, ending the Storm’s nine-game winning steak, Fever head coach Marianne Stanley had some harsh words.
“I know no one in this damn building other than us expected us to win,” Stanley stated. “Embarassment on everybody, we just spanked you and taught you a lesson. Yeah, I’m pissed due to the fact that I got a good team.”
” [Stanley] didn’t want Sue Bird to sit, she wanted the whole group,” Indiana guard Kennedy Burke added, per The Next. “It was sort of like a slap in the face, I think.”
When inquired about Stanley’s remarks, Sue Bird said they were “funny” which she doesn’t choose to play or not play based “on another team, specifically not Indiana.”
“I believe they forgot that they were going to have to see me in the lunch line and need to see me in the elevator,” Bird told ESPN. “So that was type of amusing. I’ve never ever based a decision about my body on another group, particularly not Indiana, so it is what it is.
“Luckily, we get to play them on Tuesday.”
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Stanley later rejected that her remarks were directed towards Bird, in spite of her guard namedropping the WNBA legend by name.
“That comment wasn’t directed at Seattle, it was simply directed at that you might feel — no offense to anyone– however some of the questions were that the outcome was already chosen prior to we played the game,” Stanley said. “Nothing’s decided prior to the game is played. … I appreciate Gary (Kloppenburg) immensely; he’s a terrific coach, obviously they’re fantastic team, and Bird is famous in terms of what she brings to the table.
“The point was, absolutely nothing’s decided before the game’s played and everybody needs to decide what they need to for the very best interest of their group. For me, I could feel entering the building that there was just an underestimation of our team. Therefore I was talking to that, rather than anything else.”
Tuesday evening, with the Storm riding a two-game losing streak, Sue Bird as soon as again did not play due to knee injury, however this time, Seattle had little problems looking after Indiana, beating the Fever 87-74 to advance to 12-3.
“We simply wished to get back to ourselves … It was nice that we had a fast turnaround … You understand, just get back to what we do. Win,” Breanna Stewart informed ESPN’s Holly Rowe after the game.
When it comes to if the win felt a little sweeter after Stanley’s comments, Stewie chose to take the high road.
“Listen, we have to do with winning. Taking it one video game at a time. If they wan na have drama that’s on them. We were focused on winning this video game and that’s it.”
The 2018 WNBA MVP had herself a game scoring 27 points, grabbing nine rebounds and dispensing four assists.
Basketball is used both ends of the flooring and the Storm used their defense to start their deadly fastbreak attack that was 2nd in the WNBA heading into the contest.
“We got a great deal of stops. We got our hands on balls and we got a great deal of open layups in shift,” included Stewart. “When we get that it makes it tough on teams to handle [us]
The Storm has 16 fastbreak points off of 18 Fever turnovers. Overall, the Fever shot 39.1% from the floor while Seattle shot 50%.
Joining Stewart in double figures was Alysha Clarkwith 11 points, Natasha Howardwith 13 points and Sami Whitcombwith 11 points.
Next up, Seattle will handle the Las Vegas Aces with top place in the WNBA at stake. Tip-off’s scheduled for Thursday, August 27 at 7:00 p.m. PT. The Aces won the last video game Saturday 82-74.