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Who will win this game?
Storm
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TV: ESPN2

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ESPN Gamecast:
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PostPosted: 06/05/18 4:40 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Who matchup with who for the Sparks

I say...

Sims on Bird
Beard on Loyd
Gray on Clark
Ogwumike on Stewart
Parker on Howard

Who matchup with who for the Storm

I say...

Clark on Gray
Loyd on Sims
Bird on Beard
Howard on Ogwumike
Stewart on Parker


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Time for our all star starting crew to start spreading their collective wings.

Odyssey has been improving from downtown, and with Ace back to help Nneka in the paint, should receive even more opportunities downtown. If she gets pressed too closely, she can slash to the net with the best of them.

Chelsea led the entire league with a 48.2% from beyond the arc last season. She has been showcasing her ability to bulldoze her way into the paint lately, combining brute strength with great finesse.

Alana will most likely be called upon to stifle the Lady Black Mamba once more. Jewell has had difficulties when being guarded before by Beard. Has she elevated her game enough to score well enough against the reigning WNBA Defensive Player of the Year?

Nneka has her high-low partner back from minor back surgery, and opponents will have to guard against her leaking downcourt to corral bombs from CP3/Chelsea for east layups. She should also be called on to defend against Stewie most of the time. How well she guards Breanna and avoids foul trouble may be the key to the game.

Candace is back, snaring her season's first double double against the defending champions. She is my favorite for 2018 MVP honors as she attempts to lead her team toward the championship rings once more.



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PostPosted: 06/07/18 8:21 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I'm going with the Sparklers.


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PostPosted: 06/07/18 9:11 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Shades wrote:


Who gives a crap who wins? I personally would rather have the Storm win thanks to 24 pts / 14 rebounds and 5 blocks by Howard, but the media/other fans in this state will still act like Reeve was a genius for trading her for nothing instead of letting her play and help the Lynx win games. What a joke!


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PostPosted: 06/07/18 11:50 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

SpaceJunkie wrote:
Shades wrote:


Who gives a crap who wins? I personally would rather have the Storm win thanks to 24 pts / 14 rebounds and 5 blocks by Howard, but the media/other fans in this state will still act like Reeve was a genius for trading her for nothing instead of letting her play and help the Lynx win games. What a joke!


Give it a rest, already. It was kind of funny in the beginning, not so much anymore.



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PostPosted: 06/07/18 11:51 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Let's get another home win LA. Shut em down!



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PostPosted: 06/07/18 12:02 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

basketballologist wrote:
Who matchup with who for the Sparks

I say...

Sims on Bird
Beard on Loyd
Gray on Clark
Ogwumike on Stewart
Parker on Howard

Who matchup with who for the Storm

I say...

Clark on Gray
Loyd on Sims
Bird on Beard
Howard on Ogwumike
Stewart on Parker


Yeah, I would tend to agree re: matchups. What is interesting to me is that it is all cross-matches, not one "pair" is guarding each other.

Tonight should be a good test to see how well the Sparks are coming together after another mini-break (no game since Sunday). I hope that Lavender gets some more minutes to spell Parker and Ogwumike.

Go Sparks!!
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PostPosted: 06/07/18 12:10 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Spark4Life wrote:
Give it a rest, already. It was kind of funny in the beginning, not so much anymore.


I'm not trying to be funny. I'm being serious. You're probably just happy that the Lynx are idiots so you don't have to worry about them winning titles anymore, giving the Sparks a clear-path to winning multiple titles in a row, as long as they can get past the Sun and Storm first.
Wait, I remember you. You're the person who got all mad at me for saying the Sparks were going to win it all in 2016. I still have a grudge against you for that.


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PostPosted: 06/07/18 9:48 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

SpaceJunkie wrote:
Spark4Life wrote:
Give it a rest, already. It was kind of funny in the beginning, not so much anymore.


I'm not trying to be funny. I'm being serious. You're probably just happy that the Lynx are idiots so you don't have to worry about them winning titles anymore, giving the Sparks a clear-path to winning multiple titles in a row, as long as they can get past the Sun and Storm first.
Wait, I remember you. You're the person who got all mad at me for saying the Sparks were going to win it all in 2016. I still have a grudge against you for that.


Spark4Life is right. Let it go. Please let it go.

We get it. You weren't ready for the run to be over. Magical thinking led you to believe the four Olympians were immortal. But they're merely human and aging out. Pro sports are set up to run in cycles. The bad teams get the great young players. And the once great players are a step slower. Hope you enjoyed the nice long ride because it's now over and it's nobody's fault. Let the next team(s) enjoy their runs. Eventually, Minny will get another turn.



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PostPosted: 06/07/18 9:55 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

who's this team in Gold?


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PostPosted: 06/07/18 9:55 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Candace needs a sub shes playing a step behind and its hurting LA's defense. Her back looks pretty stiff as well with her movements.



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PostPosted: 06/07/18 9:57 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

readyAIMfire53 wrote:
Spark4Life is right. Let it go. Please let it go.

We get it. You weren't ready for the run to be over. Magical thinking led you to believe the four Olympians were immortal. But they're merely human and aging out. Pro sports are set up to run in cycles. The bad teams get the great young players. And the once great players are a step slower. Hope you enjoyed the nice long ride because it's now over and it's nobody's fault. Let the next team(s) enjoy their runs. Eventually, Minny will get another turn.


You have no idea what I have been saying/thinking, but since I've said it everywhere else, I'm not repeating it here.


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PostPosted: 06/07/18 9:59 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Gray needs to be option #1 in this offense when nneka is off the floor. she can't get a touch with this 2nd unit for some reason?


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PostPosted: 06/07/18 10:00 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Im still in awe of why sims took a paycut for Bonedexter!???? Mad



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PostPosted: 06/07/18 10:04 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Storm say hi.

I don't know how we're gonna get Paris or KML into this track meet.


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PostPosted: 06/07/18 10:05 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

we've been Paris miss that first shot and get her own rebound to score 4-Ever...how does she do it?


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WNBA 09 wrote:
Im still in awe of why sims took a paycut for Bonedexter!???? Mad


she took a paycut? oh hell naw...Cappie's made her money in this league...Sims is just starting pretty much.... I need to talk to Sims' agent outside...


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PostPosted: 06/07/18 10:12 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

looks like I'll be going to bed early on this one... lol... Laughing


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Did Ryan just say Candace Parker Pizza Pied t in while Paris was guarding her! Shocked Laughing



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ChicagoAnnie wrote:
looks like I'll be going to bed early on this one... lol... Laughing


Ive learned not to let these early big leads make me leave the styx taught me that with minny the 1st Time along with every wings game this season. Seattle needs to put their foot down now and not let LA get amy confidence before halftime



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And Seattle lets them back in it Cut in half from 18 to 9 . I get the feeling Nneka is going to come out on fire and possibly the team follows suit.


P.s. If the All star game were Tomorrow Natasha Howard would get a vote from me!



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42-33 SEA at the half

Sparks well within striking distance.



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And Seattle lets them back in it Cut in half from 18 to 9 . I get the feeling Nneka is going to come out on fire and possibly the team follows suit.


P.s. If the All star game were Tomorrow Natasha Howard would get a vote from me!


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Did Lisa Leslie just refer to Trump as “45”? Laughing Laughing Laughing


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Did Lisa Leslie just refer to Trump as “45”? Laughing Laughing Laughing
Laughing Laughing


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Crazy to think howard seems to be the difference between this lopsided rivalry of late. She can defend finesse post players pretty well.



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LA just standing around. They are not moving without the ball. That has allowed Seattle to double the ball and force turnovers.


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It’s odd to be saying this but I’m thoroughly enjoying the Storm this season.

The Loyd/Stewart duo will rack up plenty of final appearances before it’s said and done.


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The decline in pondexters game is astonishingly obvious ....this should be her curtain call no doubt.



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This is the best I've seen the Storm play since my avatar.


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craigmont wrote:
This is the best I've seen the Storm play since my avatar.


Haha this is just the beginning for this group.


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Clark playing outstanding defense on Gray and outsmarting her opponents on offense on almost every play Laughing



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Seems like my girls got taken out to the woodshed for a beatdown!



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Im suprised that Agler didnt even put his starters back in and gave up that early



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Dan Hughes is a good coach when he has talent to work with



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Dan Hughes is a good coach when he has talent to work with

On the other hand, this season probably isn't doing much for Boucek's reputation.



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remember when everyone was saying Seattle would be a lottery team?


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remember when everyone was saying Seattle would be a lottery team?



It's more or less the emergence of Howard and the strength of their bench(Canada, Paris, KML) this season.



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toad455 wrote:
J-Spoon wrote:
remember when everyone was saying Seattle would be a lottery team?



It's more or less the emergence of Howard and the strength of their bench(Canada, Paris, KML) this season.


Hughes is making a big difference aswell. As a result Loyd looks like she is playing without any restrictions. During the broadcast it was told that Loyd spend a lot of time training in the offseason with Bird to improve on their chemistry and play.



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Luuuc wrote:
pilight wrote:
Dan Hughes is a good coach when he has talent to work with

On the other hand, this season probably isn't doing much for Boucek's reputation.


My opinion of Boucek is unchanged Wink



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Worth watch the replay or the Lynx/Mystics one?


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Worth watch the replay or the Lynx/Mystics one?


This one was a blowout from the start. Lynx-Mystics was a close game.



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chapulana wrote:
Worth watch the replay or the Lynx/Mystics one?


This one was a blowout from the start. Lynx-Mystics was a close game.


A blowout of the Sparks is always worth a replay, even though the Lynx needed them to win this game. I guess the Lynx are gonna have to do their own dirty work.



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[disclaimer: I didn't see the game] Is it possible the Sparks were better without Parker? They seemed to really have their mojo together then. If she's playing injured then maybe that's worse than not playing at all?



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[disclaimer: I didn't see the game] Is it possible the Sparks were better without Parker? They seemed to really have their mojo together then. If she's playing injured then maybe that's worse than not playing at all?


I dont think you can really say that based on this game. The key was locking Gray down and getting the ball out of her hands. Clark was all over her throughout the whole game and they send someone to double team on the perimeter aswell.



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myrtle wrote:
[disclaimer: I didn't see the game] Is it possible the Sparks were better without Parker? They seemed to really have their mojo together then. If she's playing injured then maybe that's worse than not playing at all?


Can't really tell vs Minnesota we needed her last night it was a bad game all around Parker is the face of the team no matter what we play though her Nneka is good but Parker is our bread and butter same in Minnesota Moore is great but Augustus is there go to player


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Sparksfan wrote:
myrtle wrote:
[disclaimer: I didn't see the game] Is it possible the Sparks were better without Parker? They seemed to really have their mojo together then. If she's playing injured then maybe that's worse than not playing at all?


Can't really tell vs Minnesota we needed her last night it was a bad game all around Parker is the face of the team no matter what we play though her Nneka is good but Parker is our bread and butter same in Minnesota Moore is great but Augustus is there go to player



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Clark playing outstanding defense on Gray and outsmarting her opponents on offense on almost every play Laughing
Sue was playing some impressive defense on CP of all people Shocked


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