We are in a good place right now, especially coming off of All-Star break and winning five of our last six games, which is very positive. We are improving day by day, practice by practice, game by game...and I'm excited about it! We are in fourth place right now and if the playoffs started tomorrow, we'd be in the playoffs facing Atlanta.
Going into our West Coast trip, everybody was focused. It's been a tough swing for Tina and me since we flew from All-Star (in Phoenix) to practice in New York for one day back out to Los Angeles. But I'm glad we had the legs to come out and play really hard. The third game of our road trip hit us; we shot terribly and didn't get the win, but overall we have been playing with a lot of intensity.
Morale on the team has been great, especially since we picked up two key players in Natasha Lacy and Swin Cash. They fit in so well, it's almost like they've been with us since the beginning of the season. The chemistry they bring, which our team already had, has been amazing.
Lacy is a similar guard as myself. She can get her own shot and help others as well. And now she adds a third dimension as a backup 1. Swin is a veteran leader who has played for Bill for many years, so she knows what he is looking for. She's an all-around winner, in my opinion, on and off the court.
Players can talk all day about what we should do, but we have been showing it. We have a handful of players that can say what they feel, and then at the same time, show it. It's important to both of these things. We want to make the playoffs, and the bottom line is that it's in our own hands.
You always want to play at home, and sleep in your own bed, but we have three more away games ahead of us. Tonight we are playing Chicago, who has beat us in our last nine games. So tonight is an important game. We have to come out with an aggressive mindset and play really, really, really hard. When you compete on the road, you have to play even tougher. And my mindset is to go after it on both ends of the floor.
It's been a tough year because I'm nursing an injury; I have my good days and I have my bad days. I feel like I can give this team so much more, but right now I'm trying to get healthy and give this team as much as I can.
I also want to thank the fans for their energy at our last home game (we had something like 13,000 fans at our last home game, which is pretty amazing for a regular-season game)...the energy was unreal! Please keep supporting us as we make our playoff push!
August 8th is our next home game and I look forward to seeing all of our fans there...packing the Garden!