The difficulty of visualizing the Atlanta Dream's really poor performance in Game 1

After yesterday's post displaying the Percent Valuable Contributions (PVC) chart for the Minnesota Lynx in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals, JustineL requested the same for the Atlanta Dream.

And it sort of requires some explanation as you'll probably see below:

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Obviously, that's only five players...because the rest of the roster made "negative contributions", as you'll see in the table below:

Atl

PVC (MEV%)

Tiffany Hayes - F

-9.07%

Angel McCoughtry - F

-17.89%

Erika de Souza - C

37.28%

Armintie Herrington - G

15.15%

Jasmine Thomas - G

2.26%

Aneika Henry

81.30%

Alex Bentley

-8.91%

Lecoe Willingham

-1.53%

Ruth Riley

1.39%

Courtney Clements

0.00%

PVC data for the Atlanta Dream in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals.

In each case of negativity, the reason was simple: a lot of missed shots and not many other positive things to make up for them. The only thing saving Jasmine Thomas from negativity was three offensive rebounds and a couple of steals.

All that negativity of why it's possible for two players (Aneika Henry and Erika de Souza) to combine for more than 100% of the contributions to the team's performance: they were "making up" for all the negative performances, which broke the chart.

In short, it was not a good performance and there's really no reason to expect they'll perform that poorly twice in one series regardless of the outcome.

For a look at the Lynx's chart, check out yesterday's post on their performance.

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