#1 aggressive nature of this defence by jinshuiqian0713 26.02.2020 20:58

It has been rare this WNBA season for anyone to lasso the Los Angeles Sparks and rein them back in after theyve taken off. Theyre so talented an offensive team, with multiple weapons -- including league MVP Nneka Ogwumike -- that its difficult to string together just a couple of stops against them, let alone put the clamps on and force the Sparks into a relatively low-scoring game.And it seems rather unlikely that if any team was going to do that, it would be Chicago. If the Sky had outscored the Sparks in their Game 3 do-or-die matchup Sunday, that would have been less surprising. Even without Elena Delle Donne, nobody ever doubts that the Sky can score.But hold the Sparks to 66 points? After Los Angeles had scored 95 and 99 points in the first two games of their semifinal series? Force Tuesdays Game 4 (ESPN2, 8 p.m. ET) back at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois? Yep, the Sky did that.Chicagos season-saving 70-66 victory came largely thanks to its zone defense. Theoretically, it didnt seem as if it should have worked. The Sky had tried it earlier in the series, and it didnt stop the Sparks.But it was also the most strategically sensible thing to try again. Los Angeles post trio of Ogwumike, Candace Parker and Jantel Lavender had decimated the Sky in the first two games. And the Sparks interior strength was dominating early on in the third game, too.In fact, after the first quarter, when Los Angeles led 23-14, it was hard to picture the Sky taking control of the game. But they were physical and aggressive in the zone, and were able to force Los Angeles to do exactly what they wanted: go away from pounding the ball inside and take a ton of 3-pointers.The Sparks were a hideous 6 of 33 from behind the arc (18.2 percent). Had they come closer to their league-best 37.5 percent 3-point shooting in the regular season, then the Sparks would be home in Los Angeles now preparing to face Minnesota in the WNBA Finals.But kudos to the Sky for putting the Sparks in a position where they took more lower-percentage shots than they wanted to. The Sparks knew that was a trap they needed to avoid, but they fell into it anyway.Chicago had great leadership from point guard Courtney Vandersloot (17 points, five assists). Tamera Young and Jessica Breland each scored eight points and were strong defensively. The Sky got a big-time performance from rookie center Imani Boyette (13 points, 11 rebounds). And they had good work off the bench from center Clarissa Dos Santos and guard Jamierra Faulkner, who combined for 16 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.It was a case of a team saying, OK, we know most people expect us to lose, but were just not going down that easily. It wasnt necessarily the style of game you generally expect the Sky to win, yet it was exactly the kind they needed to play at this point in the series.By contrast, this was not at all what the Sparks wanted. Los Angeles Kristi Toliver was 3 of 12 from 3-point range, and Parker was 1 of 6 from behind the arc. Theyd be the first to say they didnt play up to their standards.The Sparks did not take Game 3 for granted. Even after they coasted to victory in Los Angeles on Friday night, the Sparks were aware that Sunday was going to be difficult. They fully expected the Sky to play very hard to stay alive. But the Sparks didnt expect theyd be held to fewer than 70 points.Los Angeles had Chicago pretty much on the ropes, but the Sky still had fight in them. And they will again Tuesday. 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In the response filed Wednesday to the complaint by 30-year-old Alexander Bradley, attorneys say the former University of Florida player is invoking his Fifth Amendment right that protects people from incriminating themselves. SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- A fresh start in a familiar place is bringing out the best in Nnamdi Asomugha. The four-time All-Pro cornerback felt right at home Saturday as the San Francisco 49ers practiced in pads for the first time in training camp, using the size and press-coverage skills that made him a star during his first stint in the Bay Area. Asomugha is looking to regain the form at age 32 that made him one of the NFLs elite defensive players during his first eight seasons with the Oakland Raiders. And the defending NFC champion 49ers are looking for an upgrade in their secondary, which struggled in the playoffs during the teams run to the Super Bowl last season before losing All-Pro safety Dashon Goldson to free agency earlier this spring. Asomugha, after a forgettable two seasons with Philadelphia, feels he can give the Niners a lift in his return to a region where he also starred during his college days at the University of California. With San Francisco coming off its first trip to the Super Bowl in 18 years, Asomugha has felt a lift of inspiration and incentive as he embraces his new team. The 11th-year veteran has never been to the playoffs. "Theres always this feeling of a fresh start because the previous season has never really been that great," Asomugha said Saturday. "In my career Ive never been on a playoff team, so its never been like were going to build off that playoff year from the year before. The fact that theyre building off the Super Bowl definitely changes the whole landscape of how this season is going mentally for me so far. Its a fresh start, but its building off success." Asomugha needed a fresh start after his time with the Eagles, who were proclaimed a Super Bowl contender after Asomugha signed a five-year, $60 million deal as one of the NFLs top free agents of 2011. But the Eagles faltered during Asomughas two seasons and some wondered whether his best days were behind him. Asomugha ranked near the bottom of starting NFL cornerbacks last season in several statistical categories, and waas released in March when he and the Eagles could not agree on terms of a restructured contract.dddddddddddd Asomugha is putting that behind him with the 49ers, working to find his niche on a team that finished third in the NFL last season in total defence and fourth in passing defence. "Im kind of still letting it play out," Asomugha said. "I think Ive been fitting in well so far just learning the defence and being able to make plays out there. Thats been one of the big things Ive been happy about, my ability to make plays in this defence so far judging out there from the spring and summer. Now that its early in training camp, Im just focusing on getting better." Asomugha will have to earn his spot on the team after signing a modest one-year, $1.35 million deal in April. The 49ers return their top five cornerbacks from 2012, and there also are other newcomers vying for playing time in the secondary: veteran free agent Craig Dahl and rookie first-round draft pick Eric Reid. But defensive co-ordinator Vic Fangio is known for his aggressive style, and his system that mixes man and zone coverage appears to be a good fit for Asomugha, who calls it, "a really nice scheme. The aggressive nature of this defence is just really good. And the players that are around this defence helps anybody out." Asomugha will have to be able to help the 49ers in coverage situations if hes to find success again in the Bay Area, where he played in three Pro Bowls with the Raiders. His NFL experience and knowledge have been a plus so far, but his time in San Francisco will be determined by his ability to lock down on wide receivers. "The hunger is definitely there," Asomugha said. "Its definitely a different culture. The whole environment is a lot more positive, a lot more upbeat, a lot more optimistic. And its true optimism. Its not like all the 32 teams in the league coming in and saying this is the year were going to win the Super Bowl. Its coming from a real place. Ive never been around that." ' ' '

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