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August 18, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Live game thread: Los Angeles at Seattle

KeyArena is experiencing some technical problems that have been fixed currently. But since it has a strong tendency to go in and out, I don’t want to tease you with a blog I can’t finish as normal, again. Here are some tidbits you should know, though. Storm PG Sue Bird remains out with the stomach flu. She’s…

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August 18, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Game Day: Los Angeles at Seattle

BeLAGraphic.jpgIt may have been easy for the Storm to double-down on Phoenix star DeWanna Bonner, holding her to a season-low seven points. Seattle used that defense to get out in transition and use crisp passing (season-high 24 assists) to collect a 72-58 win Thursday.
But that kind of hustle may not work against Los Angeles All-Star Candace Parker. The Storm (10-10) is 0-4 against the Sparks (15-6) going into Saturday’s game at KeyArena. Parker has had some of her best games of the season against the rival, including scoring 21 points with 10 rebounds and six blocks in the second game of the season. LA won 74-61. In the last meeting, Parker finished with 17 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists to help give the Sparks a 83-59 win.
C Ann Wauters was out in that game due to her Achilles injury. F Tina Thompson suffered her knee and ankle injury during the game and PG Sue Bird was out due to a strained hip flexor. Of course Lauren Jackson was missing, prepping for the Olympics with her native Australia.
And all four of those players could be out, again. Bird is recovering from stomach flu while Wauters’ left Achilles is taking longer than hoped to heal. She may participate in warmups with the team, but will not play.
Thompson played 15 minutes against Phoenix, but she and coach Brian Agler want to see how the injury responds before guaranteeing any minutes Saturday. Jackson remains in Australia.

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June 3, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Live game thread: Seattle at Los Angeles part deux

STORM LOSE: Sometimes the best stuff happens when the tape recorder is off and that was the case on Sunday. In looking at Seattle’s 1-4 record, I disagreed with Bird about it ultimately not looking bad. It’s 1-4, how can that not be bad? “But would you say we’re better than we were yesterday?” Yes. “Well…” Then Bird went to shower and shake off the 67-65 loss at LA behind a half luck-half skillful shot from Ogwumike with 2.1 seconds left in the game. I’ve seen Ogwumike break hearts with the same shot a million times in college and have the same unfazed demeanor after the clutch move, making sure she’s alert on defense so the opponent can’t pull a miracle of its own. I just didn’t think it would happen in the pros…yet. From Agler’s view, Wauters flanked Ogwumike, Little slid over slightly to help and based on camera images, the rookie was fouled. Doesn’t matter. The bucket went in and Seattle’s best game is marred in a loss. The Storm was strong, clean and aggressive in the paint, outscoring the Sparks 18-6 inside at one point in the third quarter. But the Sparks reeled off eight to end the quarter and eventually took a one-point lead off a Parker layin from a wicked pass by Toliver. Smith (19 points) tied the game with one of her game-high five three-pointers. Little even tied the game, again, on a tip-in off a Bird miss with 5.5 seconds left. But Seattle opted not to use its last foul to give and burned its timeouts, clearing a way for Ogwumike’s first heart-breaker in the WNBA. And what’s next for Seattle? How about the undefeated Minnesota Lynx (6-0) on the road.
BREAK TIME: I’m out to focus on the newspaper edition. Seattle is up 49-43 headed into the fourth quarter. Bird (12) and Smith (11) are leading the Storm while Storm defense is keeping everyone but Parker (14) contained. We’ll see if Seattle can continue for another 10 minutes. The Sparks shot a combined 2 for 13 from the field in the third quarter.
CHIPPING BACK?: The Storm extended its lead to 47-38, but have let the Sparks chip back in with turnovers and made FTs. A bucket from Tina Thompson made the score 49-43.
HALFTIME: Smith nailed her third three-pointer of the half to put Seattle up 34-32 at the break. The Storm has a balanced attack, getting 12 points from outside, 14 in the paint and making 6 of 8 from the line. Smith leads with 11 while the bench is outscoring LA’s 11-2. Parker leads LA with 11 points and five boards but she isn’t getting the backup she did in past matchups with Seattle. Milton-Jones and Ogwumike are a combined 2 for 8 from the field and have a combined three boards. F Jantel Lavender and Ebony Hoffman are also ineffective. Oh, the halftime entertainment was a performance by two gospel groups. The children brought the house down with a routoine that was like Alvin Ailey’s “Wading in the Water.” I’ll post it on Twitter (@JaydaEvans) from Youtube.

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June 3, 2012 at 7:37 AM

Seattle versus Los Angeles: The regular-season series clincher?

BirdToliver.jpgIt’s gospel night Sunday at the Los Angeles Sparks’ game against Seattle this evening. The Storm (1-3) is hoping its doesn’t need a prayer to snag its first win of the season against its rival.
The Storm lost the opening two of a five-game regular-season series with the Sparks (4-1) by an average 9.5 points. If LA wins again, they’ll own any tiebreakers for seeding heading into the postseason. Storm coach Brian Agler will tell you the team isn’t necessarily focused on the playoffs now, outside of it being part of the big-picture goals, but trust that the Storm doesn’t want this series decided before the Olympic-wide break in July.
Four of the matchups are without three-time MVP Lauren Jackson.
If the Storm is going to get that win, it’s going to have to play stronger inside and not lose track of PG Kristi Toliver on three-point shooting. She’s nailed 13 this season, including a game-winner against Tulsa on Tuesday, ranking second in the league in attempts at 50 percent. She’s averaging 20 points overall to start the season.
Inside is F Candace Parker, who’s averaging 18.4 points and was smacking the Storm all over the court in a 13-point win in Seattle in May. She finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks.

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May 24, 2012 at 12:30 PM

TV Alert: Showdown between Minnesota and Los Angeles

UPDATE: Minnesota defeated Los Angeles 92-84 at Target Center before an announced crowd of 7,923. You can read the game story here. ___________________________ Ah, it’s games like these that I try not to trip about the WNBA’s selection of coverage. But dang I wish Thursday’s Western Conference showdown between Los Angeles and Minnesota was on regular…

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