Seattle Storm Preview: Week 2

The Storm look to continue their winning streak against the Mystics, Aces, and Wings.

The Storm bounced back from a season opener to the Phoenix Mercury last Sunday and now sit at 3-1 on the season. They got their revenge on the Mercury by going on the road and getting a huge 29 point performance from their star Jewell Loyd, ultimately winning 87-71. On Friday they got a huge come from behind win on the road against the Chicago Sky, with Jewell Loyd with another monster 29 point performance, with Breanna Stewart also with a big game, finishing with 28 points and 6 rebounds. New addition Natasha Howard also added 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 blocked shots. Howard is looking like one of the best offseason acquisitions across the entire league. 

The Storm went on the road again for their first game against the expansion Las Vegas Aces and got another big game from their new big three, with Stewart leading the team with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks, Loyd putting up 20 points and 9 assists, and Howard adding 21 points. Mosqueda-Lewis added 13 points off the bench in nearly 13 minutes, and they are going to need that kind of contribution more consistently the rest of the season if they want to continue to win games. Rookie guard Jordin Canada saw big minutes late in the opening loss to the Mercury, and she is averaging 6 points, 2 assists and 1.7 steals through the first 4 games. Her development alongside Sue Bird and Jewell Loyd will be crucial for the future of the team, and one can expect her to continue to improve as the season goes on. 

Speaking of Sue Bird, she is quietly but steadily averaging about 10 points and 5 assists per game, and though she is seeing fewer minutes than seasons past, she will continue to be one of the team's most important veterans and leaders. And it's not only Canada that can learn from a teammate like Bird; second-year guard Sami Whitcomb and rookie forward Teana Muldrow can also learn plenty from a legend like her. But this year can't only be about learning lessons, growing pains, and player development. The goal should be to win games and make it back to the playoffs. There is plenty of talent on every team in the WNBA, and Seattle will have to stand out in a crowded middle pack of teams if they want to get beyond the first or second round of the playoffs. 

The road to playoffs continues this week with a big game on Tuesday night against Elena Delle Donne and the league-leading Washington Mystics. They then go up against the Aces again on Thursday night and then take on the Dallas Wings on Saturday. The game against the Mystics could be a tough win even at home, but although the Mystics are undefeated, the season is still young and this will be a good matchup between some of the best talents in the league. The rematch against the Aces in Vegas should be another win against a young team that is still finding its feet. The Wings and Storm are both teams that made good offseason moves and are two teams poised to make noise this season, so the game on Saturday should be a fun matchup, especially between Skylar Diggins-Smith and Jewell Loyd. 

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