As the Mercury get set to tip against the Connecticut Sun in game 4 of a 5 game road trip, the team sits at 2-1 since beating Seattle at home on June 3rd. Phoenix didn't start the trip as they had hoped as they fell victim to a young, hungry Tulsa team that was focused on picking up it's first win on the season. Since then, the team gutted out a double OT victory in San Antonio and pulled away from Washington in the second half in DC.
Taking a look at the raw numbers, the key for the Mercury and their 6-2 has been the same key that has been the focus of the team for years now: offense. In the wins against the Stars and Mystics, the Mercury assisted on 72% of their made baskets in each game. In the loss to Tulsa? It was down to 50%. Now while that number still isn't terrible, just watching the Tulsa game itself you can see the difference in the team's approach. The Mercury seemed to be trying to "get it all back in one play" against the Shock as opposed to making the defense think and attacking the inevitable lanes that have come all season long.
So headed into tonight's game in Connecticut, the Mercury have to feel good about their chances. The last two games, ball movement has been crisp and the defense has been stout holding the Stars to 28% shooting and forcing the Mystics into 15 turnovers.