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PostPosted: 05/11/18 7:37 pm    ::: China vs Sparks - 5/12/18 Reply Reply with quote

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http://www.wnba.com/game/20180512/CHNLAS

ESPN Gamecast:
http://m.espn.com/wnba/gamecast?gameId=401031060

Los Angeles Sparks Twitter:
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PostPosted: 05/12/18 12:37 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Last chance to shine in Brian's eyes on a public stage before the roster gets sliced & diced to 12/11. Is Riquna ready to rock & roll with Brian ball, or is she a trade/cut casualty? Has Shakayla done enough to impress Brian, or is she still another victim of a too heavily stacked roster? Does Maria become the new baby girl of the Sparks, especially with Jantel still missing in training camp action, or does that honor remain/go to someone else? Is everyone getting physically, mentally, & spiritually primed for Las Lynx, or are they setting themselves up for a serious wakeup call in a little over a week's time?



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PostPosted: 05/12/18 1:27 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

It will be Masha Masha, Masha.loll. I think I will refer to her as that all year. Too many other Maria's of interest. They finally processed my League Pass and it appears that Saturdays games will be broad cast. It sure took them long enough to set up that site to function this season.


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PostPosted: 05/12/18 1:50 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

You might find this one handy then




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PostPosted: 05/12/18 4:51 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

willtalk wrote:
It will be Masha Masha, Masha.loll. I think I will refer to her as that all year. Too many other Maria's of interest. They finally processed my League Pass and it appears that Saturdays games will be broad cast. It sure took them long enough to set up that site to function this season.


League pass support told me that no pre season games will be on Legue pass



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PostPosted: 05/12/18 4:22 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Sparks starters: Gray-Pondexter-Carson-Beard-Parker Shocked Shocked Shocked



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PostPosted: 05/12/18 4:28 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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China National Team: N/A
Sparks: #5 Jolene Anderson, #23 Ana Dabovic, #42 Jantel Lavender, #7 Maria Vadeeva

Vadeeva has a # now!



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PostPosted: 05/12/18 4:35 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Riquna is the first Spark off the bench. If she can get into a consistent groove this season, she can upgrade this team's offense all by herself. Hopefully, she has been working on her defensive assertiveness too.



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PostPosted: 05/12/18 4:56 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Sparks going to have some tough decisions coming up.



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PostPosted: 05/12/18 4:59 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

myrtle wrote:
Sparks going to have some tough decisions coming up.


These are supposed to be the kind of decisions coaches love to make, although I do not always see it that way. I mean, you very well may end up having to see a player you have cut in another uniform eventually, and you know! that player is gonna try to have a career night at your expense every single time she plays you.



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PostPosted: 05/12/18 5:03 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

47-26 LAS at the half

CGray 9 pts, 7 ast
Iwanna Williams 8 pts, 2 reb, 1 stl



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PostPosted: 05/12/18 5:32 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

3 offensive rebounds in 1:33 for Kaylee Jensen



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PostPosted: 05/12/18 5:39 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Starting to think Samuelson might beat Wiese out for the final spot


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PostPosted: 05/12/18 5:47 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Have to give credit to China - time and again they get blown out by teams made up with a few regulars and a number players just hoping to make a WNBA team but they keep coming back year after year.


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PostPosted: 05/12/18 5:48 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Bay Bay making a statement in this game.



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PostPosted: 05/12/18 5:48 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Ace had 5 steals in the 1st half alone. I believe she made the team! Razz



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PostPosted: 05/12/18 5:50 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I'm kinda thinking they made a mistake signing Cappie. Now they'll have to give away some young assets and I'm not convinced Cappie will actually be able to help them.



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PostPosted: 05/12/18 6:05 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Riquna was the Mad Bomber tonight: 14 points (5-9 overall, 4-6 from downtown), 2 rebbies, an assist, a steal, a block, a turnover, & 4 PFs. Was she trying to make a statement?



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PostPosted: 05/12/18 6:10 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Penny Toler has a history of putting together highly talented poorly constructed rosters.

2008-Trading for Milton-Jones after drafting C.Parker.
2009-Signing T.Thompson.
2014-Not re-signing Coleman...Trading J.O'Hea...Then signing A.Herrington.

With Williams and Sims already on the roster,signing Cappie made no sense...JMO.

LA's going to end up cutting one or two players who could've played key roles off the bench.




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PostPosted: 05/12/18 6:20 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Now everybody’s going to act like they’ve always been pro-Riquna Surprised



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PostPosted: 05/12/18 6:26 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Shades wrote:
Now everybody’s going to act like they’ve always been pro-Riquna Surprised


even without Bay Bay, they didn't need Cappie IMO.



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PostPosted: 05/12/18 6:27 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Shades wrote:
Now everybody’s going to act like they’ve always been pro-Riquna Surprised


It has more to do with Riquna's guaranteed contract...LA should have traded Riquna before signing Cappie.

myrtle wrote:

even without Bay Bay, they didn't need Cappie IMO.


Agreed...Sims earned her money and playing time last season.




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myrtle wrote:
Shades wrote:
Now everybody’s going to act like they’ve always been pro-Riquna Surprised


even without Bay Bay, they didn't need Cappie IMO.


I wonder if Candace lobbied for the Cappie Patch Doll. After all, they did play together overseas.



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PostPosted: 05/12/18 6:32 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Would it really be that bad if Wiese was cut from this team though? Yes she is a good spot up 3pointer but thats about it tbh. She cant create her own shot and her ballhandling is not that great. So putting her in pick&roll situations is not really an option either (only when she is the decoy shooter on the other wing)

Who is Agler going to play in the playoffs? My money is on Cappie and tbh i rather have Cappie shooting midrange jumpers in the playoffs then Carson bricking away or even Beard..

But yeah they should of gotten rid of Williams contract



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Michelle89 wrote:

Who is Agler going to play in the playoffs? My money is on Cappie and tbh i rather have Cappie shooting midrange jumpers in the playoffs then Carson bricking away or even Beard..



Cappie WILL shoot. She can shoot you into games...but she is just as likely to shoot you out of them. And it seems like increasingly it is the latter.



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PostPosted: 05/12/18 7:12 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Diminishing returns. Unless Cappie is willing to stand in the corner and shoot 40% from 3, it's just going to take away from the playmaking of Parker, Nneka, Gray, and Sims. This team doesn't need Cappie dribbling the air out of the ball and shooting 30% on a dozen midrange jumpers per game.

Beard and Carson at least give you defense, Cappie doesn't even do that...


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Diminishing returns. Unless Cappie is willing to stand in the corner and shoot 40% from 3, it's just going to take away from the playmaking of Parker, Nneka, Gray, and Sims. This team doesn't need Cappie dribbling the air out of the ball and shooting 30% on a dozen midrange jumpers per game.

Beard and Carson at least give you defense, Cappie doesn't even do that...


Do you really think Brian will allow Cappie to do whatever she wants to do on HIS team?



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Do you really think Brian will allow Cappie to do whatever she wants to do on HIS team?


Agreed. I’d be very surprised if Agler lets Cappie mess up the flow of the Sparks.


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PostPosted: 05/12/18 8:26 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

The court rust for CP3 was real only 1-8 but like those 5 steals


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mavcarter wrote:
jap wrote:
Do you really think Brian will allow Cappie to do whatever she wants to do on HIS team?


Agreed. I’d be very surprised if Agler lets Cappie mess up the flow of the Sparks.


I agree. I think Agler can get Cappie to play in the flow of their offense and accept a smaller role on this team. She is smart enough to know that she is not the best player on the team anymore.

Even when her shot is not falling opponents wont double team off her like they will with Carson or Beard. And if she has a off game then just sit her and play others.



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Michelle89 wrote:
mavcarter wrote:
jap wrote:
Do you really think Brian will allow Cappie to do whatever she wants to do on HIS team?


Agreed. I’d be very surprised if Agler lets Cappie mess up the flow of the Sparks.


I agree. I think Agler can get Cappie to play in the flow of their offense and accept a smaller role on this team. She is smart enough to know that she is not the best player on the team anymore.

Even when her shot is not falling opponents wont double team off her like they will with Carson or Beard. And if she has a off game then just sit her and play others.


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PostPosted: 05/13/18 12:59 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

RWilliam Im rooting for u to have good season.I really need a Gray jersey she's challenging Nneka & CP for my number 1 favorite Sparks. I like Weise & her headband lol but if Samuelson is just as good of a shooter but brings other skills to the court the wise thing to do is keep her over Weise.It would have been cool to see Maria play but I understand giving her a break before the season.Brian seems to be high on her so Im interested in seeing her play.Im excited to see Dabovic back esp if its the rookie season version.If she can hit 3s that will open up the floor for the likes of Sims Gray Nneka CP all who do a good job of attacking & finishing inside the paint.

As far as Cappie Im not to worried cause I trust Alger to pull her if she hurting the team.LA bench is more deeper than last season.


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