"You can't be unsuccessful if you're in the finals".
For Hughes, the focus is on rebounding, particularly on the defensive end to limit second-chance opportunities for Washington's Elena Delle Donne and Toliver. There was a team meeting before Coach-General Manager Mike Thibault conducted a handful of exit interviews. In the end, the Storm, who dominated the regular season, proved to be the league's best team. She is expected to return to the Mystics in 2019.
Those conversations will probably be upbeat.
They know the road back to the Finals is tough, and the WNBA gets better every year, but the Mystics are in a position to stay atop the league now that the franchise's most successful season to date is in the books. "You can't be unsuccessful if you're in the Finals".More news: IPhone XR: Everything you need to know!
"You have to think big picture". They trust me; they trusted me from day one. We're still new. We're still getting to learn one another. "We're not just going to be satisfied that we got here this season - we've got to improve because everyone else is".
The Mystics can measure their growth by postseason progress.
The Storm became the sixth team to sweep a Finals in three games - something the team did in 2010. When Thibault offered specifics as to how the Mystics can continue to build next year, a better start was at the top of the list. "I packed really lightly", Collier said. As the team took their morning shoot-around Wednesday, the official opening event for what will be their new home at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Ward 8 was announced, just 10 days away.
Upon entering EagleBank Arena - the site of Wednesday's game, as the Mystics' usual home at Capital One Arena undergoes renovations - the Storm received an inadvertent welcome despite being 2,700 miles from home. "And we just continued to play for each other".More news: Kulsoom Nawaz Just Passed Away After Her Battle With Cancer
But over the course of the season, many of those questions were answered, some emphatically. Rightfully so, the team's 3-0 sweep of the Washington Mystics in the Finals caught the attention of National Basketball Association stars such LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, among others. On defense, Washington lost focus far too often against a team that has enviable chemistry and ball movement. Instead, the Storm suffered back-to-back losses for the first time this season as the series went to a deciding Game 5. "God blessed me with an opportunity to coach her and I will be forever grateful".
That's a wrap for the 2018 #WNBA season! Bird scored 10 points (including the final two with under a minute to play) and dished out 10 assists, many on her patented no-look passes. "Now I can go to the bar and order everything she needs".
"We know how great the teams are and how much better we have to be", said Delle Donne, who finished with 23 points. "But we'll take a degree because they're hard guards in a lot of situations".
The Mystics also gained critical experience. Because winning championships is what Breanna Stewart does.More news: Defeat gives England and Southgate a reality check