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Women's Hoops

The latest news and analysis on college and pro women's basketball.

September 19, 2008 at 1:09 PM

Cash still questionable, but excited for Game 1

Staples Center is a busy entertainment Mecca this week. They’ve got Game 1 tonight and the Emmys on Sunday. Roads are blocked off, construction is still going on for a Marriott that’s being built across the street, and there’s plenty of staff roaming around. But no star sightings, yet.
Inside the facility, the Storm went through their final walkthrough before the 7:30 p.m. tip-off on NBA-TV. Storm forward Swin Cash did not participate, receiving treatment instead. She’s doubtful for tonight and one of the growing concerns is that Cash is now experiencing numbness in her right leg. The sciatica stems from the lower back pain.
“I feel better today, but I’m still going to be a game-time decision,” Cash said.
The injury hasn’t stopped Cash from bonding with the team. The Storm arrived on Wednesday and has spent a lot of time together off the court talking about what they need to get done in the series against Los Angeles and developing an attitude against the media — yikes. But I couldn’t find anyone who picked the Storm to advance past the opening round.
“I keep hearing this thing about age,” said Cash, who’ll celebrate her 29th birthday on Monday. “Obviously Sheryl [Swoopes] and Yolanda [Griffith] are a little older [10 years], but look at our record. We’ve done this all season long and now it comes playoff time and the age thing is being brought up again. I think it’s a slap in the face to what they’ve helped this team do. I don’t think anybody in the league has been as strong defensively as Yo defending the post and she doesn’t get credit for it. But our team is focused on us and if we do us, we’ll be fine.”

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