Los Angeles, Calif., – The Dallas Wings (11-8) will take on the Los Angeles Sparks (13-8) at the Staples Center this afternoon at 3:30 PM ET. This will be their third and final meeting of the regular season as the two teams battle it out in L.A.
The streaking Wings have won four games straight and look to add a fifth, as Dallas continues to climb the rankings as a team to be reckoned with. The Wings are coming off a 29-point victory over the Phoenix Mercury after a balanced scoring effort led by Skylar Diggins-Smith. Smith tallied 20 points in the win while, Aerial Powers and Azura Stevens added 18 and 15 points, respectively. Center Liz Cambage also pitched in 13 points while Glory Johnson led the Wings’ rebounding effort with nine boards. If the Wings are to continue their success, they’ll have to come prepared for the Sparks’ lock down defense.
Los Angeles stole an overtime win on Tuesday against the top ranked Storm, after the defense managed to hold Seattle to just six points in the fourth quarter. The Sparks would go on to win behind an amazing effort from veteran Candace Parker, who was just shy of a triple-double. Parker finished with 21 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds, and four steals. Essence Carsons also added 18 points in the win, while Nneka Ogwumike tallied 14 points and nine rebounds over the Storm. Will the Sparks have an answer for the Dallas duo of Liz Cambage and Skylar Diggins-Smith? Tune in and find out this afternoon on WNBA League Pass.
Tonight on ESPN, the defending champs: Los Angeles, look to close out this epic Finals rematch at home against the Minnesota Lynx, to become the 2017 WNBA title holder once again.
Up 2-1, Los Angeles looks to repeat with a win tonight at Staples Center. Courtesy photo/WNBA
With a 2-1 series lead over Minnesota, the Sparks have forced the Lynx into a tight corner putting their season and a shot at the title on the line. A win tonight for the Sparks means L.A. becomes the first team in 15 years to repeat; a task that hasn’t been done since the 2001 and 2002 Sparks squad achieved it.
In Game 3, Nneka Ogwumike and Odyssey Sims led the Sparks with 16 points apiece in the 75-64 victory over Minnesota. Candace Parker added 13 points after a scoreless first quarter due to the Lynxs’ pressure defensive. However, L.A., had a way of making Minnesota uncomfortable as well holding several key players scoreless. Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen were held to zero points, a career first for Augustus in playoff games. Maya Moore led the Lynx with 16 points, while Sylvia Fowles added 15. To avoid elimination tonight, Minnesota has got to lay it all on the line, if they want to force a Game 5 back at The Barn (Williams Arena, MN).
Be sure to tune in tonight at 8:30 PM ET, on ESPN to witness WNBA history.
As the 2017 WNBA Finals best of five series shifts to L.A. for Game 3, fans, spectators, and basketball enthusiast alike, will be #WatchingThemWork. Yes, all eyes will be glued on the Los Angeles Sparks and the Minnesota Lynx Friday, at 9 PM ET, when the Lynx visit Staples Center in this tight series.
Minnesota’s Seimone Augustus and L.A.’s Chelsea Gray scrap for a loose ball in Game 2’s thriller. Courtesy photo/ Scott Takushi: Pioneer Press
WNBA FINALS BEST OF FIVE SERIES
After a heartbreaking one point loss in Game 1 of these Finals that was all too familiar, the Lynx came roaring back to start Game 2; giving the Sparks a taste of their own medicine. Minnesota took a 15-point lead in the first eight minutes, holding Nneka Ogwumike and Candace Parker to a combined 0 for 11 in the first half. League MVP Sylvia Fowles had a record breaking night after the Lynx had a poor effort on the glass in Game 1, where they failed to grab not even one rebound in the opening quarter. Hungry for a win to even the series, Fowles went on to grab 17 boards, a Finals-record formerly held by Taj McWilliams-Franklin (16 rebounds) of the 2005 Connecticut Sun. Fowles and Maya Moore each finished with 13 apiece, while Lindsay Whalen led the Lynx with 14 points in the 70-68 victory.
Lynx outlast Sparks, 70-68. Another down to the wire finish!
In a reverse role-play, the Sparks managed to battle their way back cutting Minnesota’s lead to two after a pair of made free-throws by Candace Parker. With just 14 seconds to make a play, the Sparks made two costly turnovers that lost them a chance at a 2-0 series lead. Parker finished with 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists on the evening. Ogwumike added 11 points and 13 rebounds alongside Game 1 hero, Chelsea Gray’s 15 points.
Looking to rejuvenate themselves in front of their home crowd, the Sparks are still aiming for that back to back chip as Game 3 gets set for tip-off.
Be sure to tune in on ESPN 2, Friday at 9 PM ET.