The New York Liberty are on the brink of elimination in the WNBA Finals. And coach Sandy Brondello thinks she has the solution: an attitude adjustment.
“It’s about action now,” she told the media. “No f—ing feelings anymore.”
Entering Game 3 on Sunday at Barclays Center, the Liberty are trailing the Las Vegas Aces 2-0 in the series. After a dominant regular season, Brondello’s team has been outscored 99-82 and 104-76 in the series.
“We’re all disappointed, angry, embarrassed, with how we played,” Brondello continued. “I think we have all those emotions, but it’s about action now, not emotion. It’s about what you can do. Not how you’re feeling … Feelings blind us, you know what I mean? It’s like, feel them and express them, and get them out. Now focus on what you can control — it’s actions, not emotions.”
Liberty star Breanna Stewart, in particular, struggled in Game 2, scoring just 14 points on 6-of-17 shooting. Stewart echoed Brondello’s theory for the team’s struggles.
“I think that our mental was kind of all over the place,” she said.
The Liberty had some success against the Aces before the series, beating them in the Commissioner’s Cup championship game. The teams split four regular season matchups. But when it matters most, the Liberty have looked like a shell of their past selves.
Brondello thinks it’s time for her team to toughen up.
“We still have an opportunity here,” Brondello said. “We learn and we’re staying in the moment, but we’ve got to do what we’re supposed to do, and that’s how we can help each other.”