Apparently, the Wolves and the Kings played a heckuva nailbiter last night, but I wouldn’t know about that, because the cable people are being dumb about installing things, and I’m too lazy to go down to the nearest bar and watch from there.

I did, however, get to see the Lynx’s preseason home game today, against the Detroit Shock. They won, 74-65, but it’s the preseason, so the final score is pretty much the least important thing about the game. I spent most of my time marvelling at the cushy first-row seats I was sitting in, but I managed to pay a little attention to the game and jotted a few notes about the players while I watched:


Nicole Ohlde: Was in the starting lineup today. Looked great on offense; able to receive the interior pass and move well with the ball to get to the hole. On defense, she fronts her opponent very well (three blocks), but was getting backed down at will by Ruth Riley.

Vanessa Hayden: Didn’t suit up, of course, but someone should tell her that zebra-striped blouses look good on exactly no one.

Tasha Butts: Was very good slashing to the basket, made Detroit’s defense look awfully slow-footed on a couple of plays. Lots of energy, but again, it’s the preseason and people without lots of energy are the first ones cut, so take that as you will.

Amber Jacobs: Pushes the ball up the floor very quickly, which is a good thing in my book. Good handle. Good shot selection today, too: went 4 for 4 from the field.

Kate Bulger: Was only on the court for a few minutes, made a 3-pointer, didn’t do anything else of note.

Gwen Slaughter: She seemed to do OK on defense, but on offense, she let the opposing players push her around all over the floor.

Stacey Lovelace-Tolbert: She scored 9 points, and my friends seemed impressed by her, but I honestly can’t remember anything she did.

Jordan Adams: Hardly played in her rookie season after being injured for most of it. She’s going to have to do more than she did today if she wants to see a sophomore season on a team with four centers on its roster.

Helen Darling: Good positional defense, made opposing points work to set up their plays. Seemed to rush her passes when running the offense.

Amanda Lassiter: Started, but didn’t impress me. However, we’re thin at the 3, so unless Butts totally owns or Svet suddenly comes back from Russia, she’s probably going to keep the starting job.

Shaunzinski Gortman: 0 for 6 from the field — yuck. She impressed me last year in her brief stints on the floor, but she was way off today.

The Lynx’s core players (Katie, Tamika, Teresa, van Gorp) phoned it in, as is the right of all veterans in the preseason. Although as well as Ohlde’s playing, van Gorp should probably be sweating a bit. Also, even when phoning it in, Tamika can get to the basket pretty much any time she wants.

Overall, the team looks a lot quicker on offense. It’s probably due mostly to the enthusiasm of lots of young players fighting for roster spots, but there was a lot of running and some pretty good ball movement. Also, their interior passing seems much improved; there was a lot less of the “work the ball around the perimeter until the shot clock runs down and force up a jumper” crap that I hated seeing last year.

Should be interesting to see who makes the 11-woman roster. Now we get to play everyone’s favorite party game, Musical Bench! When the music stops, where will everyone land on the depth chart?