Unlocked: Seattle Storm Game Recaps 25-28 (2021)
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The Unlocked series continues! The last time we left off the Storm had won the Commissioner’s Cup over the Connecticut Sun but then dropped two out of their next three games as Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird sat out to rest after the Tokyo Olympics.
Through 24 games the team was 17-7 but the team’s struggles would continue. Even with Stewart and Bird back in the fold, the team lost three of their next four games. This included the team’s first and only three-game losing streak of the season which culminated with a massive 107-75 defeat to the Chicago Sky.
Seattle did get to go up against Elena Delle Donne in one of the few games she played this season for the Washington Mystics. EDD had an admirable performance coming off of multiple back surgeries but ultimately Seattle won the game 85-78. After the victory, the team visited the White House and President Biden while they were in the DC area. The Storm were the first WNBA team invited to the White House over the past five years.
Exhausted by the Tokyo Olympics and playing their sixth road game in a row the team had no energy when going up against the Minnesota Lynx. Sylvia Fowles exploded for one of the best performances in her storied career leading the Lynx to victory with 29 points and 20 rebounds. Fowles was one point shy of becoming the first WNBA player to ever have a 30 point/20 rebound performance.
The Storm finally returned home but didn’t have any time to rest or practice. Seattle faced the Chicago Sky in back-to-back games. Despite leading the entire game until deep into the 4th quarter, Seattle went ice cold and the Sky took advantage. Chicago outscored Seattle 9-2 in the final minutes with the game on the line.
Chicago then played their best game of the season shooting nearly 70% from the three-point range. Everyone for the Sky played lights out. They all seven three-point attempts to begin the game and never looked back as the Sky dominated Seattle for four quarters, 107-75.
After going 1-3 over these four games the team’s record moved to 18-10 as Seattle fell out of the top two seeds and lost the inside track to a double-bye entering the playoffs.
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