2017 Los Angeles Sparks: Defending Champs
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 10:32 am    Post subject: 2017 Los Angeles Sparks: Defending Champs

Sparks keep most of the core except for pg and 3 pt specialist, Kristi Tolliver but Chelsea Gray has emerged as a solid contributor and dare I say, a closer in the 4th quarter.

Nneka has added the 3 pt shot to her game and they managed to acquire Odyssey Sims, a veteran back up pg. The story this season has been the defensive play of Alana Beard. It's Beard's final season and she's in peak form; Beard leads the league in steals and is a favorite for DPOY.

Currently, the Sparks have a 7 game win streak. They stumbled a bit when Sims sprained her ankle, but Sims is back and the Sparks have looked terrific the past 2 weeks. They play Washington this afternoon at 2:00 pm on Spectrum Sportsnet.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 11:24 am    Post subject:

I caught the end of the game when they beat whoever it was yesterday. Woot! #GoSparks!
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 12:05 pm    Post subject:

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 1:46 pm    Post subject:

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Go sparks


Sparks > Clippers. How many banners do they have now? 3?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:01 am    Post subject:

When did they win again?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:31 pm    Post subject:

Sparks have 3 championships now. They won back to back championships in 2001 and 2002 under Coach and Laker legend Michael Cooper. They won again last season, beating the Minnesota Lynx in a decisive game 5 on the road on a fadeway putback jumper by Nneka with 2 seconds left.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:16 pm    Post subject:

Nice comeback from 17 points down to beat the Mystics yesterday (on Nneka's birthday).

On to Minnesota now to play the league-leading Lynx in a rematch of last years Finals!
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:10 pm    Post subject:

Nice game today. Go Sparks!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 2:00 pm    Post subject:

Yeah Sparks! Way to take Game 1! Get that 'chip!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 2:41 pm    Post subject:

That was a great game. They went back and fourth in the last 5 minutes of the 4th.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 5:16 pm    Post subject:

I don't watch much WNBA, but Sparks/Lynx WNBA finals was awesome last year. And they continue with game 1 this year.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:18 pm    Post subject:

Do WNBA teams also make a white house visit? If not, that's really F'd up.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:58 pm    Post subject:

Chelsea Gray = Ice in her veins!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:31 am    Post subject:

Sick of Sparks pulling these out against my Lynx. Texted my dad yesterday with a minute left that LA always wins these close games against MN. He said, we'll see. Yeah, we did. Predictably. So evenly matched but do feel Sparks are a tiny bit better. But certainly Lynx can still win. Not falling behind 28-2 would help, of course.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 3:53 pm    Post subject:

Dladi Vidac wrote:
Do WNBA teams also make a white house visit? If not, that's really F'd up.


They would have but their Championship victory fell at an awkward time when the Presidency was changing hands. But Obama did acknowledge their victory

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:01 pm    Post subject:

Dladi Vidac wrote:
Do WNBA teams also make a white house visit? If not, that's really F'd up.


They WNBA champs have made a white house visit pretty much every year since the league was created. The 2016 champs weren't able to schedule a visit before Obama left office, though, because a lot of them were playing overseas.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 4:03 pm    Post subject:

Just watched my DVR of the last game. Go Sparks!. One game away. Don't let the Lynx tie the series for "drama", just win that 'chip!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:20 pm    Post subject:

OK so far today LA has forgotten how to rebound. Let's Go Sparks!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:51 pm    Post subject:

Looks like game 5.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:44 pm    Post subject:

Disappointment.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:29 pm    Post subject:

Really having trouble against Minny's length in the front line. Whalen absolutely kills it with post entry passes.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:11 am    Post subject:

Too bad they couldnt get it on home court. but at least they still have a chance! Go sparks!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:34 pm    Post subject:

This series has played out exactly like last year's Finals (Sparks winning Game 1 on the road, Game 3 at home and Minnesota winning the other two). Hope Game 5 is a repeat of last year as well.

Doubt it though.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 4:14 pm    Post subject:

They should have closed this out a long time ago. Their turnovers in game 2, and not bringing the effort in game 4 could be a hard lesson to learn.


I don't expect the refs to be on their side tonight either. They'll ensure a Lynx victory most likely. Why? Because the WNBA needs a real rivalry for the publicity. I hope it doesn't happen, but the combination of everything else makes me feel like it's headed in that direction.

We'll see though.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:23 pm    Post subject:

I'm not currently watching. I saw the Lynx were up at the half. I have thoughts but I want to stay positive so I'll keep them to myself for now. Go Sparks!
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