Another episode of all things Chicago Sky.
Our Nick Niendorf is back, in audio form! Here’s another episode of SkyCast, where Niendorf looks at what happened in the season opener against the Minnesota Lynx.
He takes you beyond the score on things like pace:
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“So on the offensive side of the ball, this team had played really fast. They played the way that James Wade has talked about them playing all offseason in the preseason. [But] we really didn’t see them get into the tempo that they wanted to the first game. We saw it a bit, but they struggled to maintain that this game. It really felt like they weren’t able to go back and push that tempo pretty consistently throughout the game. Obviously, there were moments where they had to slow it down in the half court, which is just something you’re always going to have to do. But they really did look to push the ball at any opportunity they had.”
Niendorf also expressed some concern about the kind of shots the Sky got in game one, with only 13 three-point attempts.
“And so I wonder, is it just that it’s the first game of the season and the system isn’t fully in place yet or is it just a one-game variance and they were just below there what their season average is going to be? Or is this going to be a team that’s inconsistent and number of their attempts, does it kind of take them all season to figure out what’s right for them?”
Listen to Niendorf’s entire breakdown, and get yourself ready for the Sky’s home opener Saturday night against the Seattle Storm.
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