Friday, July 21, 2006

Getting Better

Although there were a few mistakes sprinkled in, the Sun showed significant improvement in their ability to take care of the basketball against the Sky.
Connecticut had only 15 turnovers — the team totaled 25 assists on 33 made baskets — despite many of its first-team players getting plenty of rest in a lopsided win.
The limited number of giveaways follows a 12-tunrover performance Sunday at Seattle. The 27 these past two games is one fewer than a season-high last Saturday against Sacramento, which demonstrated one of the Sun’s problems all season. Traditionally a team protective of the ball under coach Mike Thibault, Connecticut has struggled through poor lapses of concentration, which directly resulted in the loss to the Monarchs.
Thibault said some of Thursday’s turnovers against Chicago didn’t bother him as much because they were made in an effort to get up quick in transition. Those mistakes were more of timing and not carelessness.
A coach can also live with some giveaways if they don’t lead to too many points at the other end. Chicago only had 11 points off Sun giveaways, compared to 20 for Sacramento and 16 for Seattle.


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