A lot of games count: If the WNBA playoffs started today, v. 2.0
Honestly, it doesn’t matter if the Lynx and Sparks (Tamika Catchings lights up the floor on last trip to LA) aren’t winning in elegant fashion – as long as they stay healthy, they’re fine until the playoffs. Of course, it’s fun that tomorrow (ESPN2) is their last regular season matchup and there’s a little somethin’ at stake. Writes Mechelle:
In some ways, the Los Angeles Sparks and Minnesota Lynx will meet as identical twins for their final matchup of the regular season.
The top two teams in the WNBA have the same record: 24-5. Both have won their last three games in a row. Minnesota is outscoring its opponents by an average of 9.6 points per game, Los Angeles by 8.8. The Sparks average 21 assists per game, the Lynx 20. Both teams get 8.2 steals per game.
The Lynx have an edge on rebounding, 35.9 to 31.8, while the Sparks have it in field goal percentage, 49.5 to 47.2. Los Angeles averages 14.0 turnovers, Minnesota 13.7.
Two teams with a lot in common, right? Well, yes and no.
Speaking of injuries, I’d call the job the depleted Liberty (no Stokes, Prince is not fully back, but 4000pt–Tina, Sugar and Boyd were fierce) did against the Merc impressive…except for whatever that was Phoenix put out on the court on Saturday, it was discombobulated and disconcerting, considering the talent.
Gotta love what a revitalized Sue Bird and the eager-to-learn duo Loyd and Stewart are doing in Seattle. Speaking of Stewart, yah, BG swatted her 400th block, but someone’s nipping at her heels: Why Breanna Stewart Deserves to be 2016 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year.
Hello, Elena… (Cue Beatles music… )Delle Donne, Sky snap out of funk, become ‘more aggressive’. Weird to realize that Chicago is only 2 games over .500. EDD looked unstoppable (and that makes Nike happy).
Fansided: WNBA: A Sit-down With Chicago Sky’s Imani Boyette
Twenty-one games into Boyette’s career and she’s been adjusting to a new lifestyle and job. She’s exceeded some of her personal expectations, but is still learning as the season is almost at its finish line.
“It’s easier than I expected, but also a lot harder than I expected,” Boyette said.” I know that’s a contradiction. I expected to be terrible, and I’m not terrible. It’s a lot harder in terms of everything else. You have to be able to take care of your body; and you have to figure out how to rest; no ones gonna tell you what to eat, where to eat.”
Gimme the keys: Curt Miller Assumes Role As Connecticut Sun GM
Taurasi said she couldn’t recall playing for a team that was so close and tight-knit. As USA Basketball likes to preach, it’s not about the 12 best players making the team, but the 12 players that make the best team.
“It was basketball bliss,” Taurasi said. “You wake up every morning and you’re playing with the best players in the world, players who were unselfish and who wanted to play for each other. Then the Coach had this special shine about him every time that we were in the gym. He gave us this confidence and the way to play. He was amazing. I’ve been around him for a long time and I think that’s the best job he has ever done with a group.
Adieu, Cardinal: Johnson to graduate early, will not play women’s basketball
After 27 years, Olathe South High School girls basketball coach Steve Ingram is stepping down.
Ingram resigned on Thursday for health reasons. He finished his Olathe South career with a 472-151 record. His overall career record spanned 37 years and ended with a 555-278 record.
He led Olathe South to 12 Sunflower League championships and a Kansas Class 6A state title in 2010, when his Falcons defeated Wichita Heights 54-49 in the championship game and finished that season with a 24-1 record. He led the Falcons to 15 state tournament appearances and four state title games.