New dynamic duo forming in Dallas
By Dorothy J Gentry
After Sunday’s 101-78 rout of the Dream in their home season-opener, it became quite clear: the road to postseason play for the Wings will go through the dynamic duo of Skylar Diggins-Smith and Liz Cambage.
They fell to the Mercury 86-78 in dramatic fashion only two nights earlier, but Sunday looked like a different team against the Dream.
Suiting up only nine-players after injuries to Glory Johnson, Theresa Plaisance and Aerial Powers, the Wings pulled out all the stops and put in a total team effort to blowout the Dream 101-78. Five players finished in double digits
But it was the play of Diggins-Smith and Cambage that stood out.
Diggins-Smith scored a season-high 25 points, while Cambage ended the day with 21 points. It is the second consecutive game they have combined for over 35-plus points in a game. And it’s just what head coach Fred Williams is looking for as he describes trying to develop a sort of John Stockton/Karl Malone situation.
“It can be unstoppable. I just think once they keep playing, it’s going to get better,” Williams said.
Williams said the difference offensively between Friday’s game and Sunday centered around Cambage.
“We are learning how to read off Liz. She’s like our Lew Alcindor back in the day,” Williams said. “She’s learning how to read back-side skip passes. The next game she plays, she is going to get better at it. She is still learning our plays. Just with her athletic ability and her size, her finesse in being able to get up in the air. It’s tremendous.”
Cambage set the tone in the first half with her inside play.
“I was really pleased with how she was able to put it on the floor,” Williams said. “Skylar did a great job around the perimeter shooting the basketball and breaking down the defense with some floaters. Defensively, we just stepped up our game a little bit, especially in the second half.”
And it all began and ended with Diggins-Smith and Cambage.
This duo is what this team needed. And moving forward, we can only hope things get better.