Well, what do you think? Is two out of four good, bad or indifferent when it comes to predicting playoff series?
For the conference semifinals, I predicted the Lynx over the Storm and the Sparks to beat the Mercury in the West. In the East I picked two upsets, Indiana over Chicago and Washington over Atlanta.
I was half right.
We’ll get into this more as the week goes on, but after watching the Phoenix-L.A. game last night my first impression is that this Mercury team plays much better defense with Russ Pennell as their head coach, and I think they will be a very formidable opponent for the Lynx. The Mercury is 11-5, including playoffs, since Pennell took over for the fired Corey Gaines, and Phoenix is playing with a lot of confidence.
The Lynx went 5-0 vs. Phoenix this season, but they haven’t played since Pennell took over, so it will be a different Mercury team this time around. I haven’t decided how I’m going to predict this series yet.
But in the east…
Indiana is in the process of duplicating its playoff run last year. The situation is so similar. A so-so regular season. Injuries to overcome. But the Fever’s rough-and-tumble, defensive style is well-suited to the playoffs. Watch out for the Fever.
Atlanta showed nice balance winning last night in a game where Angel McCcoughtry struggled with her shot. But I’ll say it now. I believe the Fever, led by Tameka Catchings will shut down McCoughtry and the Dream and advance to the finals to defend its title. I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets done in two games.
That’s about it for now. I’ll get back to you after practice this afternoon.
|San Diego||7:25 PM|
|Washington||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|San Francisco||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Seattle||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Chicago||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Houston||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Buffalo||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|New England||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Philadelphia||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Kansas City||12/15/13 3:05 PM|
|NY Jets||12/15/13 3:05 PM|
|Arizona||12/15/13 3:25 PM|
|New Orleans||12/15/13 3:25 PM|
|Green Bay||12/15/13 3:25 PM|
|Cincinnati||12/15/13 7:30 PM|
|Baltimore||12/16/13 7:40 PM|
|North Dakota St||73||FINAL|
|New Mexico St||48||FINAL|
|Utah Valley U||62|
|Army||12/14/13 2:00 PM|
|(12) Penn State||79||FINAL|
|South Dakota St||83|
|Utah Valley U||70||FINAL|