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Who will win this game?
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PostPosted: 05/14/18 11:37 pm    ::: Wings @ Mercury - 5/18/18 Reply Reply with quote

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PostPosted: 05/15/18 12:35 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

So it begins....im veryyy anxious to see this matchup. A loss wont end the world but a win wont be much neither. 10 games from now the truth shall be exposed on both sides.



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PostPosted: 05/15/18 5:17 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Will we see a bit of defense in this game Laughing Im going with Dallas win because they have more balance in their scoring options.

Griner vs Cambage who will get in foul trouble first Laughing



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PostPosted: 05/15/18 7:05 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

The first Cambage vs. Griner match-up. Voted for Phoenix.



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PostPosted: 05/15/18 10:36 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

So thankful to have DB back.

Haven’t seen Liz play in a while. However, the other four on the floor for Dallas seem like they would thrive in an up-tempo style, while Liz’s game, from what I remember, is more suited to a halfcourt style.
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PostPosted: 05/15/18 10:53 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Griner,Cambage,and Diggins will be the key players in this game.Phoenix was 12-2 last season when Griner scored 20+ points.

Dallas opened last season with a win in Phoenix(68-5Cool...Can we repeat that performance?




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PostPosted: 05/15/18 10:54 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I too am excited for the one. The real question - how many technicals Laughing Laughing


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PostPosted: 05/15/18 2:31 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Wings could lead th league in scoring this season, I think they are a bad match up for The Mercury.
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PostPosted: 05/15/18 2:40 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Enh, voted for Phoenix. They've been together longer. 1st regular season game for Dallas with all the pieces. Plus the game is in Phoenix.


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PostPosted: 05/15/18 7:06 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

RI_Sun_Fan wrote:
Enh, voted for Phoenix. They've been together longer. 1st regular season game for Dallas with all the pieces. Plus the game is in Phoenix.


We won in phoenix with less to start the season last year...



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PostPosted: 05/15/18 11:29 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Cambage is one of the few that can possibly contain Griner.
Taurasi gives Phoenix an advantage of long ball possibilities.
Coach, advantage Phoenix.
No Phoenix player can match Glory.
Advantage Dallas on the rest of the starter matchups,
Bench, big advantage Dallas.
The expectations are high in Dallas. It's time to prove it on the court.


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PostPosted: 05/15/18 11:46 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Anxious to see which Taurasi we get this season!??? The vengeance out for blood 17.0 PPG Taurasi or the Idgaf i just had a baby and i need these little checks for diapers and bandaids Taurasi Evil or Very Mad



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PostPosted: 05/16/18 1:24 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I'm also anxious to see which version of Liz we get this season.

These days she is a more complete player than the last time she was in the WNBA. Better physical shape, more complete offensive game, and a better passer out of the post.
However foul trouble still plagues her. Her attitude towards that in the WNBL was to not really adjust her game too much, but instead to claim that WNBL refs just don't know how to deal with someone as physically dominant as her (which did have some truth to it, and that will be far less of an issue in the WNBA where she'll face a lot more opponents close to her size, but still refs obviously don't want to hear it), and she openly said that things will be better for her in the WNBA where the refs allow more physicality.
Problem is, as a defender she still tends to swipe at every shot that looks like being attempted, and every ref in the world is going to whistle you when you hit arm. She's also prone to running over people and getting charges called on her.
So I wonder quickly we will see [expression of shock] "What for???" Liz.
If she can stay focussed she'll be very effective, but it's still a big if for me.
Also, in the WNBL she had Jenna O'Hea as a full-time, on-court babysitter. I can't imagine any Wings teammate wanting to take on the role of consoling her every 5 minutes. (I don't know that it's a good thing that Jenna did it either tbh, but I can see why she felt the need to. I've had a diva on my team before and it's distracting)

Anyway, fingers crossed we get the all-business version of Liz this season, because aussie representation in the W is starting to get a bit thin on the ground.
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PostPosted: 05/16/18 5:45 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Luuuc wrote:

#WFFL


#WingsFanFromLand-down-under ?


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PostPosted: 05/16/18 2:44 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Interested to see this matchup, primarily as many have mentioned, for the Griner v. Cambage matchup. Granted, I have not seen Cambage in a few years, but to me, despite the similarity in height, they are completely different players and can't guard each other. Griner is more athletic and has more finesse, while I remember Cambage having more strength. So, to me, Cambage is too slow to guard Griner, and Griner is not bulky enough to deal with Cambage's girth. I could be totally wrong given my lack of recent exposure to Cambage.

Diggins-Smith and January will be another good matchup to watch.

I voted Phoenix as I think integrating Cambage is going to take longer than a few preseason games. They will probably get it together, but not yet.
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PostPosted: 05/16/18 7:26 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

toad455 wrote:
The first Cambage vs. Griner match-up. Voted for Phoenix.


which of these two will get in foul trouble first...? that's the losing team. Idea


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PostPosted: 05/16/18 7:30 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

ChicagoAnnie wrote:
toad455 wrote:
The first Cambage vs. Griner match-up. Voted for Phoenix.


which of these two will get in foul trouble first...? that's the losing team. Idea


Cambage got into quick foul trouble in one of the preseason games.



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PostPosted: 05/16/18 8:46 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Cambage got 4 O fouls in that last game! She better hope for different refs. Bonner's pretty good at flopping ...as is Sancho.



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PostPosted: 05/16/18 11:27 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

ChicagoAnnie wrote:
toad455 wrote:
The first Cambage vs. Griner match-up. Voted for Phoenix.


which of these two will get in foul trouble first...? that's the losing team. Idea


I think we would fair better without cambage than phx would without Griner. We have azura now ya know Laughing



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PostPosted: 05/17/18 4:23 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Azura had 2 good preseason games and 1 bad one against the likes of Wilson, Brionna Jones and other rookies.

Playing in regular games against the likes of Griner, Fowles, Cambage is a whole other thing



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PostPosted: 05/17/18 8:55 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Azura had 2 good preseason games and 1 bad one against the likes of Wilson, Brionna Jones and other rookies.

Playing in regular games against the likes of Griner, Fowles, Cambage is a whole other thing


She will be a difference maker regardless.



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PostPosted: 05/17/18 11:30 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I will be at tomorrow night's game, along with caune.
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I will be at tomorrow night's game, along with caune.
#MercuryBrigade


I will wave to you from my seat at the top. Wink


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PostPosted: 05/18/18 1:57 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I voted for the squad with the best defensive post and has the best chance of making it to the finals.



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PostPosted: 05/18/18 1:01 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Will this one be broadcast on Twitter?
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hyperetic wrote:
Will this one be broadcast on Twitter?


Twitter games start on the 20th.



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PostPosted: 05/18/18 2:22 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Shades wrote:
hyperetic wrote:
Will this one be broadcast on Twitter?


Twitter games start on the 20th.


Okay, thanks.
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PostPosted: 05/18/18 4:53 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Future semi-finals matchup right here... Shocked


Will Charles Barkley be there? Razz



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PostPosted: 05/18/18 5:01 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Was only kind of excited for this game until going to the pre-season game on Sunday. Now I can’t wait! Cmon Wings, don’t let me down!!!! Take it to them. A bit of foul trouble on the Merc and they will be ripe for a good old whooping!


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I will be at tomorrow night's game, along with caune.
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Great to have you back at the game!



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

If the combo of Cambage and Stevens can slow Griner somewhat, I see the Wings winning. Taurasi is old, and while still good, not nearly as good as she was in her prime. Little is useless. Lyttle still has game, but like Taurasi, is not nearly as good as she used to be. January is coming off a missed season due to injury and won’t be much better than Robinson was last year for them. Bonner is returning after missing last year due to pregnancy. She played good overseas but might take a bit of time to re-gel with the Mercury. Currie was good for them last year and shes now gone.

It’ll be fun to see who punches who in the face first between Griner and Cambage.


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Not much better than a matchup of Cambage vs. BG to mark Cambage's return to the league. Dallas is the most intriguing team in the league in my opinion, mainly because I seem to be the only person who doesn't think they're all that good...comparatively speaking to the rest of the league. Because talent-wise they ARE good. But they're generally still on the young side and talented teams are still going to be losing games in what looks like a year of parity. If defense, intangibles and coaching are the deciding factors in what figure to be mainly competitive games, I'm not seeing how you can have that much faith in the Wings.

That said, Stevens is a UConn player who will probably prove to be more ready for the WNBA than her collegiate numbers on their own suggest. She looked good in those highlights vs. NY. If getting her and Cambage on the floor together is workable then maybe I'm 100% wrong in my assessment. Either way, I think the beauty of this season is there's so much newness to it. New talent, returning talent. I'm a season ticket holder at $14 a game from a midcourt seat. While the new venue is a downer, I'm still pumped from the standpoint that in exchange for the expenditure the games should be enormously competitive night in and night out.



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My prediction: Wings 83 Mercury 79.


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Wings 81 Merc 68 With 30 turnovers a piece Laughing



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hyperetic wrote:
Shades wrote:
hyperetic wrote:
Will this one be broadcast on Twitter?


Twitter games start on the 20th.


Okay, thanks.


The game is on NBATV if you get the channel.



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PostPosted: 05/18/18 8:42 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Ay Mate wrote:


It’ll be fun to see who punches who in the face first between Griner and Cambage.


It'll be an accidental high elbow! Wink



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PostPosted: 05/18/18 9:08 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

so Powers has a quad. Been wondering what was up with her.



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Ooh, no Turner for Phx (calf injury, short term)



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Ready for the season to begin! I've got my popcorn and my beer! Watching on nbatv.


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Liz effective early
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Gulich's first match-up is against Cambage. Welcome rookie!!!



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Cambage looks like she's in great shape and really moving well.



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go wings! go beat the hell out of the phoenix cheaters



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First game of the season and the refs don't seem to know what they're doing.



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Why are the refs so confused?


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Cambage looks like she's in great shape and really moving well.


I was just about to post this. Looks well conditioned. She couldn't go this long in 1 qtr back then.



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HERE COMES AZURAAAA YAY! Very Happy



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HERE COMES AZURAAAA YAY! Very Happy


and she picks up a quick foul.



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HERE COMES AZURAAAA YAY! Very Happy


and she picks up a quick foul.


Now with two fouls.



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HERE COMES AZURAAAA YAY! Very Happy


Then 2 quick fouls... Embarassed



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