Sunday, June 24, 2007

Sun take step back -- again

With their third double-digit loss of the season Saturday -- coming in a 71-58 setback to the San Antonio Silver Sars -- the Connecticut Sun continue to be a team in disarray and frankly, look like a team not built to contend.

They may go on a run during the summer, perhaps enough to qualify them for the playoffs, but something drastic has to happen for them to make serious noise in the postseason.

In their defense, they were just above .500 when they reached the WNBA finals in 2004 -- they finished the regular season at 18-16 and were 5-7 on June 20 of that year.

But too many times answers like, "I don't know," or "We gotta figure it out," have dominated post-game interviews this season for there to be serious consideration that the Sun can solve their biggest problems quickly.

"You need other people to pick up the slack," Sun coach Mike Thibault said after Saturday's loss. "You can't go out there and depend on her (Katie Douglas) to get you 25 0r 20 a night in order to win. The normal gist of our team is to get four players in double figures and that's been sporadic at times.

"I hope our team can learn to play without one of the starters playing great," he added.

"I want us to win; you can't have losses, you cant make that your expense right now," Thibault continued, referring to playing the reserves in a non-win situation, as it was late Saturday. "I think you gotta play them when you can and get them minutes here or there, try to get two or three a night highly involved. There are some people who are capable but they aren't stepping up, they aren't being aggressive or they aren't making shots. Or they make bad decisions.

"I would like to say we can play though it," he said. "But our players want to win games, too."

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