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September 13, 2008 at 4:06 PM

Swoopes, Cash don’t travel

Storm coach Brian Agler said he still hasn’t decided whether to bench starters Yolanda Griffith and Sue Bird for the season finale on Sunday in Los Angeles, but forward Sheryl Swoopes and Swin Cash will certainly be out and did not travel with the team today. Lauren Jackson, who returned to Seattle on Wednesday following minor ankle surgery, is in LA.
Cash is dealing with lower back pain and Swoopes is recovering from a mild concussion suffered last Saturday against Minnesota. She said the headaches have returned and she needs to be clear of pain in order to begin practicing again for the postseason.
A poster asked if not starting G Sue Bird would hurt her chances for MVP and if Storm coach Brian Agler was pulling a Mike Holmgren, not allowing the former Seahawk Shaun Alexander to rush on a final play to get the 2004 season title. I think Alexander was ridiculous for making this kind of beef and Bird would be, too, yet I doubt she cares.
“It’s Brian’s call,” she said with a wide smile of not playing.
It’s not like Bird is going for any type of title, yet she could be the league’s assist leader, currently second to Lindsay Whalen (5.4) at an average 5.3. I’m sure Agler would play Bird if it really mattered.
Today Agler said that he really didn’t know “his feelings” on whether her not playing would adversely affect her MVP candidacy, “but it doesn’t change my feelings on how she’s affected our team.” Meaning he still believes she’s the MVP.
I can understand wanting to see Bird one last time before logging a vote, but it’s two meaningless games out of an entire season. You could argue that the Storm is fine without Bird while Connecticut faltered with Lindsay Whalen (ankle) out of the lineup. But seriously, Seattle has a veteran bench that’s playing its third/second season together. They should be OK against the expansion Atlanta. The Sun has a bunch of newcomers from Olympic play and rookies and they faced San Antonio, which was jockeying for first in the West. Connecticut defeated Seattle and woeful Washington. Apples and oranges, to me. And I don’t think either finish will play that much of a role in voting for Whalen or Bird.
Plus, like Bird said a long time ago this summer, it’s better to have a championship than a MVP award. Although she’ll take both.

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