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PostPosted: 05/08/17 8:55 pm    ::: Storm @ Sparks - 5/13/17 Reply Reply with quote

Los Angeles - 5:00 PM ET
TV: ESPN

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http://www.wnba.com/game/20170513/SEALAS/

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PostPosted: 05/09/17 7:58 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

awee no CP3 , ugh Embarassed . This is going to be pretty much a preseason game also , but teams know they need ot get out the gates fast to be in position for the playoffs. Hopefully CP comes back sooner meaning LOSE! Sweep or something lol



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PostPosted: 05/09/17 8:15 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I would take storm handicap, and LA under)
took Seattle win, opening night - good time for sensations


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PostPosted: 05/09/17 8:19 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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I would take storm handicap, and LA under)
took Seattle win, opening night - good time for sensations


same here Seattle by 10



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PostPosted: 05/09/17 9:29 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

No Parker and Lavender for the Sparks but the more important question will Bird play for the Storm? If not then i see the Sparks taking this



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PostPosted: 05/09/17 10:03 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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No Parker and Lavender for the Sparks but the more important question will Bird play for the Storm? If not then i see the Sparks taking this

Yes. I forgot about Birdy. Without her Storm looked poor on offence. Although this small lady Whitcomb surprised me a lot during two preseason games.


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PostPosted: 05/09/17 2:21 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Lumes wrote:
Michelle89 wrote:
No Parker and Lavender for the Sparks but the more important question will Bird play for the Storm? If not then i see the Sparks taking this

Yes. I forgot about Birdy. Without her Storm looked poor on offence. Although this small lady Whitcomb surprised me a lot during two preseason games.


Last season the amount of turnovers hurt us in multiple games. So if Bird doesnt run the offense in the first couple of games of the season then i expect a lot of turnovers. A lot of turnovers means less shots on offense and we need a lot of scoring against a team like the Sparks



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PostPosted: 05/09/17 8:47 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Lumes wrote:
Michelle89 wrote:
No Parker and Lavender for the Sparks but the more important question will Bird play for the Storm? If not then i see the Sparks taking this

Yes. I forgot about Birdy. Without her Storm looked poor on offence. Although this small lady Whitcomb surprised me a lot during two preseason games.


Last season the amount of turnovers hurt us in multiple games. So if Bird doesnt run the offense in the first couple of games of the season then i expect a lot of turnovers. A lot of turnovers means less shots on offense and we need a lot of scoring against a team like the Sparks


No Parker or JLav? Ugh. Will they at least be in attendance to receive their championship rings? At least we'll have Nneka. Right? Lol. With no Parker or Lavender I expect a lot of shots from Sims and Williams. May or may not be a good thing. Lol.



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PostPosted: 05/09/17 10:33 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Can't wait to see my sparks once again.


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PostPosted: 05/10/17 12:28 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Stewart might be short handed aswell saturday.
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She shared the floor with star forward Breanna Stewart (knee), reserve forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (playing in France) and backup guard Noelle Quinn (bruised thigh) – each absent from training camp.

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The Storm remains noncommittal if Bird, Stewart or Quinn will be available for Saturday’s regular-season opener at defending WNBA champion Los Angeles or Sunday’s home opener against Indiana at KeyArena.

http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/storm/sue-bird-returns-to-storm-practice-says-knee-feels-good/



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PostPosted: 05/13/17 6:55 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Defense of the crown begins late this afternoon. Let's get this party started!!!



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PostPosted: 05/13/17 11:09 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Well...At least we'll get to see it! Smile



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PostPosted: 05/13/17 12:53 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Bird and Stewie both out



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PostPosted: 05/13/17 3:23 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

It's going to be interesting to see if the Storm take that next step this season.




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PostPosted: 05/13/17 3:38 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I really wanna see Chelsea step up her game. It will be interesting to see how well Odyssey and especially Riquna integrate with the veteran Sparks.



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PostPosted: 05/13/17 4:14 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Sims comes off the bench in her first game as a Spark.

Jewell looking really good early on.


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PostPosted: 05/13/17 4:16 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

It would be nice if Seattle would stop throwing the ball right to LA.


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PostPosted: 05/13/17 4:20 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Jewell with 11 so far in the 1st quarter!


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PostPosted: 05/13/17 4:24 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Sims looks good out there so far.


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PostPosted: 05/13/17 4:25 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

This small line-up doesn't seem to be working for LA. Sparks with Sims, Williams, Wiese, Ibekwe & Jackson-Jones.



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I DO believe Odyssey is fitting in very well in LA, thank you!

We are missing Jantel and her semi automatic mid-range 'lay-ups.' Nneka is missing her high-low partner something fierce. Alana seems to be planning to play out her final season on fire defensively.



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Sims comes off the bench in her first game as a Spark.

Jewell looking really good early on.


Odyssey looking GREAT - and this is coming from a Chelsea Gray fan. Having them battling for playing time is great for the Sparks. I want the player helping the team the most on the floor and it could be both of them at times, with Alana moving to SF. Alana is on the short side for SF, but those long arms make a big difference. She could very well have the most blocks for her height in the WNBA.

In case anybody's wondering, LA is my hometown but I was never a fan of My Little Pony. Been gaining interest since LLL retirement and now I'm all in since they acquired Chelsea Gray. Also could not be prouder of how Alana came back from injury that could have ended her career to show her game to help win the 'ship.



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PostPosted: 05/13/17 4:30 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Alana seems to be planning to play out her final season on fire defensively.


She is killing Seattle with her pressure. Just like she did last year. That's good news for the Sparks.


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PostPosted: 05/13/17 4:31 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I'm missing Kristi's patented scowls on the court. Laughing



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PostPosted: 05/13/17 4:31 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Seriously, was Odyssey Sims the greatest college defender since Lew Alcindor? It's amazing how much people go on about her glorious defense, after three full years being a sucky defender in the WNBA. Lobo's the latest in this game, but hardly the only one.



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PostPosted: 05/13/17 4:33 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Quinn says not today to Nneka! Surprised


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I DO believe Odyssey is fitting in very well in LA, thank you!


If she's the type of player who needs a disciplinarian for a coach, she should have a better year just based on switching from Fred to Agler alone



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PostPosted: 05/13/17 4:38 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

now Whitcomb sees difference between preseason and real games.


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sigur3 wrote:
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I DO believe Odyssey is fitting in very well in LA, thank you!


If she's the type of player who needs a disciplinarian for a coach, she should have a better year just based on switching from Fred to Agler alone


This.

Already i see a change. Even Riquana looks more under control. I've seen her pass up shots that she normally would've chucked up. This team will be nice once at full strength. Oh and Jewell Loyd is making Myrtle look like a genius for mixing up my draft picks in our fantasy draft lol. I'll be sad to see AB retire because her defense just excites me. I love that woman. And Nneka hitting threes with ease. Oh this will be a great year for LA.



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sigur3 wrote:
jap wrote:
I DO believe Odyssey is fitting in very well in LA, thank you!


If she's the type of player who needs a disciplinarian for a coach, she should have a better year just based on switching from Fred to Agler alone


Well, with Brian if she doesn't behave, she sits.



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Wow,at Sims indirectly calling Dallas an unprofessional organization.


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Wow,at Sims indirectly calling Dallas an unprofessional organization.


I was jus about to post something about this...but we did the right thing. Out with the bad on with the rooks #ByeFelicia



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Alana has 5 steals by halftime.



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Wow,at Sims indirectly calling Dallas an unprofessional organization.


yeah i caught that too


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Clark giving seattle absolutely nothing.

Wiese's release isn't as slow as I thought.

Seattle desperately needs a legit starting small forward.




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UPDATE - Final Stats

Gray: 14/2/8, 2-3 from 3, 2 steals
Sims: 20/4/6, 9-15 60% from the field, 2 steals

Chelsea Gray/Odyssey Sims stats after 3 quarters:

Gray: 9/2/7 + 2 steals, 1-1 from 3
Sims: 16/2/4 + 2 steals, 7-13 from the field, 1-4 from 3

I repeat: having these two competing for playing time is a HUGE POSITIVE for the Sparks!

The fact that Chelsea's height allows them to play together, shifting Alana to SF or with Essence. Chelsea's height can give opposing shooting guards (not name Jewell Loyd) fits.

And now Weise comes in to hit two 3's!

Without 2/3 of the frontcourt, LA's backcourt is coming up BIG.



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lol, Sims flops on nearly every dribble handoff. She's got that Catchings/Maya head whip down pat.



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I like alicia clark and all but she has failed to improve these past few seasons imo.



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Crystal got the rainbow trey going. It will be crucial for one or more of the downtown shooters to come up big on crunch time moments now that the former 'Lil Mopey has taken her game to DC,



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Laughing at Stewart trying to teach Boucek how to coach



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Riquna says, "You guys got a championship when I was rehabilitating; so we got to do it again if only for me."



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PostPosted: 05/13/17 6:08 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

O.Sims will definitely be an all-star this season.


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Crystal got the rainbow trey going. It will be crucial for one or more of the downtown shooters to come up big on crunch time moments now that the former 'Lil Mopey has taken her game to DC,


Referring to Chelsea Gray? Her beautiful 3's are one reason she and Odyssey can be on the floor together. They did great on the court together today!



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Crystal got the rainbow trey going. It will be crucial for one or more of the downtown shooters to come up big on crunch time moments now that the former 'Lil Mopey has taken her game to DC,


Referring to Chelsea Gray? Her beautiful 3's are one reason she and Odyssey can be on the floor together. They did great on the court together today!


Chealsea is a guard and a upcoming prime time PG at that. Still, she is big enough to move to SF if circumstances make that favorable. You have to love versatile players. Chelsea's treys are so reminiscent of Tina Thompson's moon ball arcs.



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Post game rundown:

Starters:

PG: Chelsea Gray - GREAT game 8 assists/1 turnover + 2-3 from three
SG: Riquna Williams - not ready for prime time 0 pts/12 mins
SF: Alana Beard - excellent veteran game, effort and focus on defense EXTRAORDINARY. Needs to score more to stay on the court
PF: Nneka - missing her front court buddies, below average (for her) game, 20/3 on 50% shooting
C: Tiffany Jackson-Jones - WOW. 8/8 coming back from breast cancer is GREAT news for the Sparks, giving Sparks a 4th in the front court

Bench:
ODYSSEY SIMS!!! 20/4/6 on 60% shooting!!! KTO will be replaced by committee. Odyssey is a different player, not so deadly from 3 but better defense AND a broken play scorer
Sidney Wiese - did better bringing the ball downcourt than many thought she would AND 2-3 from 3! Great to have a 3rd PG for spot time and for the future who can hit some 3's.
Ify Ibekwe - also not ready for prime time

Not Playing:
CP3 - expecting another great year
Lavender - the third member of a great front court rotation
Carson - she's got some strong competition for playing time and might not start with Sims starting the season so strong (Gray/Sims/Beard). Might share SF minutes with Beard, bringing the D

When the 3 DNP's are back, this team looks ready to defend the crown!



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lynxmania wrote:
Sims comes off the bench in her first game as a Spark.

Jewell looking really good early on.


safe to say...sims will be a starter going forward.
even brian had to fuss at williams for not getting in the huddle during a timeout ... he'll remember that for sure.


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The Sparks at full strength will be scary. Sims starting with Gray, Williams, Lavender & Jackson-Jones off the bench.



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Riquna says, "You guys got a championship when I was rehabilitating; so we got to do it again if only for me."


Looked like Agler got upset at Williams during a timeout. I think it was for her not joining the team huddle.


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Wow,at Sims indirectly calling Dallas an unprofessional organization.


yeah, my ears perked up when i heard this... #burn

however, if Sims had "disciplinary" issues in Dallas she will learn that she is playing for a coach that pulled a future hall-of-famer, with a sometimes prickly in-game disposition during a playoff game.


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PostPosted: 05/13/17 9:04 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

The only player I would judge after this game is Alana. Her defensive presence, as always, made much more impact, than box score can show. As for others... You can do any miracle stats vs worst team in the league (and storm is such without Bird and Brianna), but this is costs nothing. Who was Sims and Gray opponent? Or isn't duo Toka-Langhorn worst defensive tandem of bigs in this league?


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