Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Liberty 96, Sun 80: Ray Floriani's Photo Essay

NEW YORK -- Teams will employ an overall style of play. It could be half court, full court or strict post-up on defense.

If it is the latter, there is a good chance that said team is not in the NBA. Game to game, teams will adjust their system to the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition. Breaking it down further, you have adjustments. Adjustments can be general as applied to the overall style of play. During the game, they are numerous, some even on the fly as a different play or defense is called based on what the opposing team is doing.
For the New York Liberty, an adjustment was made following last Friday’s listless loss to the Chicago Sky. Head coach Bill Laimbeer decided his offense was stagnating, in search of some easy baskets. Over the weekend, the Liberty became a changed team. First was an 85-55 victory over Washington Mystics. A few days later, on a humid morning, the Liberty kept the offensive heat up, defeating the first-place Connecticut Sun by a 96-80 count.
For the Liberty, that is two straight victories. The all-star break gives a few days off. Needless to say, New York needed this little spurt, not just to get over .500 at 10-9. Of greater importance, the Liberty not only changed their offensive approach, but the adjustment proved to be an altering of their attitude and approach. For Laimbeer and the Liberty, this proved to be a much-needed adjustment, employed at a most opportune time.

Midtown Manhattan on a summer Wednesday morning:
Here is one Penn Station entrance not affected by construction, at least not yet:
Madison Square Garden, 30 minutes before tipoff:
The press room coffee, always necessary for morning tipoffs:
Moments before the national anthem:
The Liberty initiating their offense, as seen from the opposite baseline:
Liberty head coach Bill Laimbeer, perhaps in deep thought:
A younger group of patrons supporting the Liberty:
Bill Laimbeer addresses the media after the win:

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