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May 23, 2013 at 4:40 PM

TV Alert: With rosters finalized, here’s where to watch the Storm and other WNBA teams

WNBANew2The Storm made its final cut on Thursday to reach the WNBA-mandated 11-player roster. Second-round draft pick Chelsea Poppens (Iowa State) was waived in favor of rookie Cierra Bravard, a 6-foot-4 former Florida State forward. Seattle will play with a 10-player rotation, however, because PG Sue Bird counts as the 11th spot despite being out the 2013 season to rehabilitate from knee surgery.

“It was a hard decision because we think a lot of Chelsea, she had a great training camp,” Storm coach and general manager Brian Agler said. “She was the type of player we thought she’d be, but we felt we had several players on our team like her and we needed a little bit more size at the rim at this moment.”

Missing three-time MVP Lauren Jackson (hamstring) inside, Agler won’t cement his Thursday decision. He’ll move veteran Tina Thompson back inside where she’s made her name as the game’s all-time leader in points scored.  Last season Thompson played on the wing and off the bench. The adjustment gives the Storm lineup five guards and five post players. But as the season progresses, Agler and his staff could choose to return former players like Polish C Ewelina Kobryn or make trades.

“There are some intriguing players out there,” Agler said. “But we’ve worked with this group for a period of time and we’ll let this develop for a few days or weeks and see how it goes.”

Players stated the best thing about this year’s training camp is that everyone was present from Day 1. In addition to forming chemistry with five new faces, two of which will be starters in PG Temeka Johnson and wing Noelle Quinn, learning the nuances of Agler’s system is more fluid.

“Brian is taking things slow and really teaching,” said G Tanisha Wright of training camp, which opened May 5. “In the past, we’ve had so many returning players return, so boom, it (snapped into place). Now we only have a few (returning) players, so we take our time and really let everybody learn and catch on to his system and what needs to be accomplished.”

Elsewhere, Washingtonian point guard products Briann January (Indiana), Courtney Vandersloot (Chicago), Leilani Mitchell (New York) and Lindsey Moore (Minnesota) made WNBA regular-season opening rosters along with F Alex Montgomery (New York). F Cathrine Kraayeveld was cut by Atlanta this week.

The WNBA tips-off its 17th season with San Antonio hosting 2012 defending champion Indiana on Friday. The Storm’s 14th season tips Sunday at Los Angeles. The game will be carried via the WNBA’s website LiveAccess and on NBA-TV at 5:30 pm (PT). Below is the league’s full NBA-TV schedule. Be sure to check out The Seattle Times on Friday for a preview of the Storm’s 2013 season.

NBA TV Announces 2013 WNBA Regular Season Telecast Schedule

Network to Televise 45 Regular Season WNBA Games

NBA TV will televise 45 games during the 2013 WNBA regular season – the league’s 17th season – tipping off with the defending WNBA Champion Indiana Fever visiting the San Antonio Silver Stars on Friday, May 24, at 8 p.m. ET.

Schedule highlights include appearances from the Big Three 2013 draft picks, Britney Griner, Elena Delle Donne and Skylar Diggins:

  • Griner, the first overall draft pick, making her NBA TV debut when the Phoenix Mercury host the Washington Mystics on Friday, June 21, at 10 p.m.
  • The second overall draft pick, Delle Donne, and the Chicago Sky taking on the Fever on Saturday, June 22, at 7 p.m.
  • Star rookie Diggins and the Tulsa Shock visiting Griner and the Mercury on Friday, August 9, at 10 p.m.

The WNBA on NBA TV schedule will include appearances from all 12 WNBA teams, along with extensive coverage of the league throughout the season including highlights and post-game interviews with players and coaches following key WNBA matchups.

WNBA on NBA TV 2013 Schedule

(All Times Eastern)

May

Date

Day

Time

Teams

May 24

Friday

8 p.m. ET

Indiana at San Antonio

May 26

Sunday

8:30 p.m.

Seattle at Los Angeles

June

June 21

Friday

8 p.m.

Seattle at San Antonio

June 21

Friday

10 p.m.

Washington at Phoenix

June 22

Saturday

7 p.m.

Chicago at Indiana

June 23

Sunday

7 p.m.

Tulsa at Minnesota

June 30

Sunday

4 p.m.

Tulsa at Washington

July

July 2

Tuesday

10:30 p.m.

Minnesota at Los Angeles

July 4

Thursday

3:30 p.m.

New York at Los Angeles

July 6

Saturday

5 p.m.

San Antonio at Los Angeles

July 6

Saturday

7 p.m.

Connecticut at Indiana

July 24

Wednesday

11:30 a.m.

Chicago at Washington

July 24

Wednesday

7 p.m.

Connecticut at Atlanta

July 25

Thursday

3:30 p.m.

Seattle at Los Angeles

July 31

Wednesday

7 p.m.

New York at Washington

August

August 2

Friday

8 p.m.

San Antonio at Minnesota

August 3

Saturday

7 p.m.

Chicago at Indiana

August 3

Saturday

10 p.m.

Atlanta at Phoenix

August 4

Sunday

4 p.m.

Los Angeles at Washington

August 6

Tuesday

7 p.m.

Los Angeles at Connecticut

August 8

Thursday

7 p.m.

Los Angeles at Indiana

August 9

Friday

10 p.m.

Tulsa at Phoenix

August 10

Saturday

1 p.m.

Los Angeles at New York

August 10

Saturday

7 p.m.

Atlanta at Indiana

August 11

Sunday

4 p.m.

Connecticut at Washington

August 11

Sunday

6 p.m.

Tulsa at Phoenix

August 13

Tuesday

10:30 p.m.

Chicago at Los Angeles

August 14

Wednesday

10 p.m.

Indiana at Phoenix

August 16

Friday

7:30 p.m.

Connecticut at Atlanta

August 16

Friday

11 p.m.

Indiana at Los Angeles

August 17

Saturday

8 p.m.

Phoenix at San Antonio

August 18

Sunday

3 p.m.

Washington at Atlanta

August 20

Tuesday

7 p.m.

Minnesota at Atlanta

August 23

Friday

8 p.m.

San Antonio at Tulsa

August 23

Friday

10 p.m.

Seattle at Phoenix

August 25

Sunday

8:30 p.m.

Tulsa at Los Angeles

August 27

Tuesday

10:30 p.m.

Connecticut at Los Angeles

August 28

Wednesday

7 p.m.

Washington at Atlanta

August 31

Saturday

10 p.m.

Connecticut at Phoenix

September

September 2

Monday

6 p.m.

Los Angeles at Atlanta

September 4

Wednesday

8 p.m.

Los Angeles at Minnesota

September 6

Friday

8 p.m.

Los Angeles at Tulsa

September 7

Saturday

7 p.m.

Connecticut at Indiana

September 12

Thursday

10:30 p.m.

Minnesota at Los Angeles

September 15

Sunday

3 p.m.

Phoenix at Los Angeles

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