Fast-Paced Shock Still Catching up with Nolan
The Tulsa Shock’s first season is in full swing. They have had a bit of a slow start, but there are true glimpses of brilliance.
One thing is for certain, the pace of this team is fast; so fast, that they sometimes can’t keep up with themselves. The team pushes the ball up court in such a hurry that the ball is simply too far up court to connect with a breaking player.
A fan with a light heart can chuckle and see that these moments are growing pains.
The gap is shrinking. The team is getting faster and more acclimated to the speed.
Frankly, when the Shock connects, it is electrifying. The team is very capable of doing what head coach Nolan Richardson needs the players to do. No other teams in the have this style of play and the players are simply adapting.
Amber Holt is leading the team, averaging over 12 points per game and over 90 percent from the free throw line. Shanna Crossley is a close second with over 11 ppg. Off the boards, Chante Black is grabbing almost 10 rebounds a night with Natasha Lacy tallying 43 assists.
Richardson is adapting by trading players and making moves that build a team that fits his style of play.