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September 23, 2008 at 6:19 PM

Sparks game thread…

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Los Angeles got a little testy during Game 2. Seems the public relations staff didn’t like the “Beat LA” chant flashing on the KeyArena jumbo screen during timeouts (without sound, of course) and coach Michael Cooper was indignant at game operations using his image in a “Look-a-Like” game implying he looks like Grover from “Sesame Street.”
The game, played during a timeout, was flop anyway, but it’s interesting that L.A. took so much time worrying about what the in-house entertainment crew was doing. All legal, by the way. When I ask Cooper about the whole “Beat L.A.!” chant, he gave the predictable response, “I’ve heard that since 1980,” said the former star Lakers defender that gave the organization its “Showtime” tag. “In every gym that I’ve ever been to I’ve heard that, so no, it doesn’t bother me.”
Cooper will hear more of the same tonight. But his team’s increased defensive pressure could quiet the intensity. Hhe just wants the Sparks to make shots, but they’ll also hone in on G Sue Bird, who has averaged 21.5 points in the series.
G Tanisha Wright will have to handle the ball a little more as Storm coach Brian Agler goes to her at point guard and Bird at the shooting guard position to free up the MVP candidate. Another key to the game is going to be the continued defense Storm vet Yolanda Griffith plays on Lisa Leslie. It seems impossible that the three-time MVP would be completely shut out offensively in the playoffs, but…
Sparks rookie Candace Parker’s family is watching the Detroit-Indiana game behind me and none can believe along with majority in the arena that Detroit was once up 47-17 in the opening half. The Fever now trail 62-43. My guess is Seattle would rather have that outcome than see LA win on their home court like New York did in Connecticut on Monday. But I heard Sun fans have switched to Storm green, welcome from KeyArena!
Here are tonight’s starters

STORM

F Tanisha Wright
F Camille Little
C Yolanda Griffith
G Sheryl Swoopes
G Sue Bird
SPARKS
F Candace Parker
F DeLisha Milton-Jones
C Lisa Leslie
G Keisha Brown
G Shannon Bobbitt
Tonight’s officials are June Courteau, Roy Gulbeyan, and Tom Mauer

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