It`s Silver Stars game day as they face one of three undefeated teams in the East, the New York Liberty. The Liberty are 4-0 at home this season, and the Silver Stars will try to end their win less road streak by a win this afternoon. This is the first of two meetings between the two teams. It is not clear if Jayne Appel will play, so the Silver Stars will have to try to get their first road win with those who are available.
The official game day preview courtesy of AP — http://www.wnba.com/games/20130623/SANNYL/gameinfo.html#nbaGIlive
A fellow blogger`s take on Silver Stars game preview — http://silverstarstream.com/2013/06/22/game-preview-san-antonio-heads-to-new-jersey-to-take-on-the-liberty/
The Silver Stars will need contributions from everyone as they attempt to steal a road game. The Liberty are also looking for a third straight win despite being without one of their best players in Essence Carson. Cappie Pondexter`s scoring is down this season, but she is averaging around 3.5 assists a game.
Here are the keys to the game
1. Make Cappie just a scorer – If San Antonio can defend and make Plennette Pierson, Leilani Mitchell, Katie Smith, Kelsey Bone, etc into non factors, it will force Cappie into becoming just a scorer which will take out the other options that NY has. It will also make defending Cappie a little easier for the Silver Stars.
2. Defend the paint. New York has alot of post options to pass the ball inside too, and if SA wants to win the game, they need to take away paint points from the likes of Plenette, Kara and Kelsey
3. NO X Factor. The Silver Stars need to make sure that sure that a player on New York doesn`t get hot and impact the game. Last game, it was Noelle Quinn who struggled before and had 12 points and 6 rebounds.
Possible Starting Lineups for the Silver Stars
PG – Danielle Robinson
SG – Jia Perkins
SF – Shenise Johnson
PF – Delisha Milton Jones
C – Danielle Adams (if Jayne Appel can`t go)
Possible Starting Lineups for the New York Liberty
PG – Kamiko Williams
SG – Cappie Pondexter
G – Katie Smith
PF – Plennette Pierson
F(c) – Kata Braxton
I haven`t watched much of the Liberty this season, but they struggled early in the season while they were getting used to one another. That is not the case anymore.
The game will be on MSG + and on LiveAccess. It will tip off shortly at 3 pm EST, 2 pm local time and 12 pm PST.
This is also the last time that the Silver Stars will play in Newark, New Jersey as next season the Liberty head back to Madison Square Garden after a 4 season hiatus.
Becky Hammon MIGHT make the trip. This is not yet confirmed.