LAWSON ANOTHER SIXTH
Evanthia Maltsi has emerged as a candidate for Sixth Woman and Rookie of the Year honors. But barring a late surge from the Connecticut Sun reserve, the race for the former will likely come down to Detroit's Plenette Pierson, Sacramento's Kara Lawson and Chicago Jia Perkins.
Lawson is perhaps the most consummate pro in the league, but she's about far more than just intangibles. At her best, as she was in leading the Monarchs to a come-from-behind win against the Sun in Connecticut on Tuesday, she's one of a relatively small number of players in the league who can consistently score from the perimeter while closely guarded. And she knows exactly what challenges are involved in playing a starter's minutes off the bench.
"I think the biggest challenge is with rotations," Lawson explained. "Because when you're a starter, you know for at least the first five minutes of the first half and the first five minutes of the second half, you're going to be playing with the same group. And so over the course of the season, you can develop a great amount of chemistry. And that chemistry can allow you to have great success, because you know where everyone is going to be, you have a good flow, and 10 minutes is a good chunk of how much you play in total.
"Whereas coming off the bench, you have no idea who, in my position, who my point guard is going to be when I get in, who the other wing is going to be, who your post players are going to be. And with our offense, who is in with you can drastically change how the defense plays and what your reads become."
-- ESPN.com's Graham Hays