NEW YORK (AP) — Gary Kloppenburg knows he has a challenge as the Seattle Storm’s new coach.

The Storm are a half-game outside the playoffs, with five of their eight games left on the road. Still, the interim head doesn’t think it will take that much to get the Storm on the right path.

“We really are trying to regroup and just trying to get better in some areas that hurt us in a couple games,” Kloppenburg told The Associated Press by phone Saturday. “We need to be a better rebounding team, cut down on turnovers. Things we can control. In our league one or two plays can make a difference to win a game. A lot of those close losses, if we had done a couple more things on either side of the ball better we could have won some more games.”

The Storm promoted Kloppenburg on Thursday when they fired Jenny Boucek.

“It’s not how you want to get a head job,” Kloppenburg said.

Seattle (11-16) won Kloppenburg’s first game, ending a four-game skid with a 98-89 victory over Phoenix on Saturday night.

“Any time a team is viewed as underachieving and not playing their best in the world of sports we understand it’s a business,” guard Sue Bird said. “That’s why players are traded and that’s why there are coaching changes. If asked about the shock, no because I’ve been around long enough to know about the business.”

The Storm trail Chicago for the final playoff spot. The teams meet twice more this year, including the final…