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Saturday, October 10th, 2009 at 6:58 am  |  40 responses

Mercury Win WNBA Title

by Ben Osborne

The Mercury beat the Fever last night, 94-86, to close out the WNBA Finals with a 3-2 series victory. The Mercury were led by Diana Taurasi, who had 26 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks and 1 steal as DT—one of the freshest players in the world, regardless of sex, in my opinion—took home the Finals MVP.

It was the second title in three years for the fast-paced Mercury, who won it in front of a sold-out crowd at America West Arena. From the Arizona Republic:

After the game, just before the purple and yellow confetti fell, DeWanna Bonner, Tangela Smith, Diana Taurasi, and Cappie Pondexter all stood on top of the scorer’s table to celebrate with the sellout crowd of 17,313. It was fitting. All four had a hand in the victory that clinched the championship.

“I never, never want to give it back,” Taurasi said. “It was such a nice feeling when that buzzer went off. For all of us. When the buzzer rang, we knew we did something special. We did it as a group.”

Congrats to the Mercury.

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  • cc.

    first and probably last

  • http://dyalekt.blogspot.com d.Y.

    That’s all the (digital) ink the WNBA finals get? Those games were good and Taurasi & Cap are monsters. Way better drama than the Lakers/Magic series.

  • Vikturus

    WNBA… Sellout crowd.. what?!

  • BIRDMAN JR

    Agree 100 with d.Y. The reason the WNBA gets no love is due to the fact that people- guys in particular are in denial that a woman baller can beat them on any given day in basketball. These women can beat 99% of guys out there with the other 1% being nba and a few college chaps.

  • mike

    yawn

  • Royal

    @Birdman- You are 100% correct about guys being in denial

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Congratulations to the Mercury.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty aka make it reign aka flightschool aka the ghetto Kornel David

    I watch the WNBA for Tina Thompson’s DSL’s

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Congratulations Phoenix!

  • peter

    LOL you must be kidding. I could beat AND DUNK on any of those girl ballers. sorry, but ive seen them play…they barely even jump to shoot the ball. It’s like watching a high school game.

  • tavoris

    Peter, I think Candace Parker, Deanna Nolan, Cappie Poindexter, Diana Turasi, and Tamika Catchings would all give most dudes (who aren’t in the NBA) problems.

  • http://slamonline.com Sultan

    So sad that it had to be shown only on slam not on nationalized television.

  • Joe

    Sultan….the games were nationally televised..ESPN and ESPN2!
    Where you been?……I feel sorry for anyone who missed these Finals, all 5 games were great, and 4 of the 5 went pretty much down to the wire.

    I seriously think Cappie Pondexter is the better solustion for backup PG for the Suns rather than Goran Dragic

  • tavoris

    lol @ Joe…Dragic does look lost out there, doesn’t he?

  • Royal

    @Peter-I doubt it

  • Jay-G

    Can’t lie, both teams were fun to watch. I’m not shocked that the games were sellouts. That’s the best basketball Indiana or Phoenix will see this year.

  • http://jggamer14@aol.com jose

    The games i went to in phx bsides the last were the ish.no lie. it was sellout crowds tho cuz they gave free tix for ALL the upper level seats(Steve kerr,alvin gentry,and 3 of the suns players bought all those seats)but bsides the point..i got much more respect 4 the wnbanow that ive watched it and experienced it

  • peter

    GUYS, tell me then why there has never been a wnba player get posterized in the history of the WNBA. that’s what i thought. they suck.

  • http://fdsjklf.com Jukai

    THEY CAN’T DUNK BUT AT LEAST THEY HAVE GOOD FUNDAMENTALS.
    If by good fundamentals you mean chucking up layups with two hands and getting maybe an inch off the ground on a set-shot. And not being able to work screen or work the clock or move without the ball.

  • Royal

    @Jukai WNBA players have way more fundamentals than NBA players (Kwame,Gerald Green and don’t shoot me for saying this LEBRON JAMES)

  • http://fdsjklf.com Jukai

    Royal: No they don’t. No, they really don’t. Most WNBA players have HORRIBLE fundamentals. There is a lot of meaningless dribbles (lots of players like to dribble between their legs at the three and then throw a pass that does absolutely nothing, reminds me of my brother), horrible set shots (their shooting mechanics may be different to make up for lack of strength, but half of them do NOT use proper form), and really, most their layups are sloppy as crap.
    And no, this does not include Taurasi and Cappie, who both could easily make an NBA roster (Diana’s J is sweet). This goes out to the majority of the role players for the WNBA.

  • Royal

    Jukia:I’m going to have to respectfully disagree with you.When I watch WNBA basketball I see alot of the players stepping into their shots,using triple threat,reading the person who is guarding them, using the backboard,not gambling for steals(all things that are almost non-existent in the much more popular NBA).I agree that their shots are GOD-AWFUL but shooting a “Fundamental jumpshot” requirers alot of upper body strength,something most women do not have

  • lou

    Let’s not take away from female ball players. But size and strength are at a serious disadvantage. I think most D2 guys if given the chance can make a wnba team. As for a feamle baller in the league, what are you smoking, I been around some girls that were dead nice, but a 5’11″ power forward will not cut it in the NBA. I know most of these girls play with regulation NBA balls for most their lives but imagine the league making the ball smaller, people would pull and be consistent from 40feet. I hate the “they have more fundamentals” argument. No, they just have less natural athletic ability. I wanted the Mercury to win, but why does Turasi wear two sleeves? I can’t stand people that over excessorize when they play ball. Good win, great games, when NBA isn’t on and Turasi has a great personality. Oh, and a fundamental jumpshot starts in the legs, the true test of range is the ability to shoot far away with changing your form. If you take 5 WNBA allstars and put them up against any 5 bench players at their respective positions the NBA players will win 99.99999999% of the time. This is a contact sport, not tennis or golf, and even in those sports the sexes are separated due to a natural physical advantage.

  • http:///realcavsfans.com Anton

    The real drama is this: did they get home in time to start dinner?

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    wait wait wait. women play basketball too?

  • ab_40

    I watched some of the games and they’re great players. dina taurasi is a real killer she could be starting for the suns that’s how bad they are this year. congrats where congrats are due. and now they all return to europe to do this again next year with a break for the WC

  • ham

    you guys want to hear a joke?
    WNBA.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Cheryl Miller would give that jack@ss White Chocolate the business.

  • dma

    i know some of you smarta$$es are trying to be funny and hide behind the internet but some of these girls are real ballers. just because they don’t dunk doesn’t mean they can’t ball. if that were true, most of you on here aren’t ballers either, no matter WHAT shoes/shorts/jerseys/headbands you wear.

  • http://fdsjklf.com Jukai

    Anton, thank you so much for existing

  • http:///realcavsfans.com Anton

    You got it, brotha

  • Orlando Green

    Could they do a worse job advertising this…seriously…I might have watched it if I knew it was even on…!

  • lou

    Listen dma, I know one thing for sure I would bust yo A$$. and I wasnt trying to be funny. I just think its absurd that people say anyone in the wnba could make a nba roster. Now the female bashing is another subject. I have seen a girl average 36 points while she was 6 months pregnant, I have nothing but respect for female ball players. The size and speed of the NBA game is exponentially faster and stronger than the WNBA. Most guys get doofy and less athletic around the height 6’8″, obviously there are many exceptions now in the NBA, but Females reach the same doofiness around 6’4″

  • iLL wiLL

    What’s a WNBA?

  • ciroqobama

    Anton wins

  • Ace

    The finals were amazing, and to the people hating on the WNBA just say that you don’t like it. There is no need to start bashing females, it just seems like your trying to make up for something that your lacking.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/madlib Michael NZ

    Brilliant, Anton.

  • that dude

    Girls can play and Diana Taurasi is amazing but being one of the best players in the world “regardless of sex” is going a bit far. She wouldn’t be any good in the NBA. The difference in male and female anatomy and build is too great for this kind of sport.

  • riggs

    DT should let her hair grow longer again, she’d get it. also LMAO @ boing, nobody else caught that.

  • tavoris

    Jukai, i know you’re on a laugh-inducing mission up here, but do you EVER have anything positive to say about ANY basketball player? damn…

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