The Silver Stars are FINALLY back in action tonight as they host the visiting LA Sparks at the AT&T Center. It’s been one week since they last played and after tonight, they will get another 5 days of rest before their next game.
Here are some articles about tonight’s game
LA Sparks – http://www.twcsportsnet.com/articles/2013/05/31/preview–la-sparks-vs-san-antonio-silver-sparks
San Antonio Silver Stars – http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/silver_stars/article/Silver-Stars-look-to-shore-up-defense-4567897.php
Official Preview(AP) – http://www.wnba.com/games/20130601/LASSAN/gameinfo.html#nbaGIlive
This is the first of 4 meetings between the teams. They will play again in LA on June 15th. The game will be at 8 pm local time and be televised on TWC Sportsnet and on WNBA LiveAccess.
LAST TIME OUT
The Silver Stars are coming off a bad loss against the defending WNBA champs in the Indiana Fever. They started off the game on the right foot, but eventually let Indiana back into the game and could not sustain the energy and effort in the first half. Indiana went on to win and did so in a convincing matter.
The Los Angeles Sparks are coming off a blowout win against the Seattle Storm. The game was close throughout until the third quarter started, with LA outscoring Seattle 31 to 12. The Sparks were led by Kristi Toliver who scored a game high 17 points.
PROBABLE STARTING LINE UPS
PG – Danielle Robinson, SG – Jia Perkins, SF – Shameka Christon, PF – Delisha Milton Jones, C -Jayne Appel
PG – Lindsey Harding, SG – Kristi Toliver, SF – Alana Beard, PF – Nneka Ogwumike, F/C – Candace Parker
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Defend the interior or paint – Last time, the Fever had a field day with the paint, and were able to score easily inside against the players. If the Stars don’t defend well inside, both Candace and Nneka will be able to score easily and effectively.
2. Make the “others” beat you – Candace Parker, Nneka Ogwumike and Kristi Toliver all will play well. But in order for the Sparks to win, they will need contributions from other players such as Jenna O’Hea, Marissa Coleman and the others. If the Silver Stars can make those players a non factor, they have a great shot of winning the game.
3. A potent offense – The Silver Stars struggled with their offense last game and need to run better plays and sets for Jia Perkins and Danielle Adams. Danielle Robinson will need to be better at getting the ball at the right spots to the right people.
WHO WILL WIN?
The Sparks ultimately will prevail because they just simply have too many weapons to counter, but it will be a close game, as the Silver Stars should be fresh and ready after a week long layoff. LA by 10
Notes* – Becky Hammon is still injured and is out for the month. Sophia Young is out indefinitely.