A bunch of Sparks celebrating during a contest against the New York Liberty. Photo courtesy of gettyimages.com
AN UPDATE AND A FEW WORDS ON THE LOS ANGELES SPARKS’ SEASON
2016 Record: 20-3, first place in the WNBA’s Western Conference, 1/2 game ahead of the Minnesota Lynx
- Their 20-1 start is tied for the best in league history
Nneka Ogwumike, G – 19.4 ppg, 9.0 rpg
Candace Parker, F – 16.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 5.0 apg
Kristi Toliver, G – 14.3 ppg, 3.7 apg
(ppg = points per game, rpg = rebounds per game, apg = assists per game)
Friday, July 22, at Washington Mystics
Highlights of the Sparks’ signature win in 2016 over the Minnesota Lynx on June 24th, ending their unbeaten season.
A Few Words:
Though they’ve dropped their last two games after that tremendous start, I don’t think anyone in the Sparks’ camp is panicking.
Not yet, anyway.
Friday’s game against Washington will be a key one, because as the WNBA is taking a break for the Rio Olympics that won’t see the players return to league action until late August, no Spark wants to go into that break with a three-game losing streak.
Which I know is starting the obvious.
Good shot of Nneka Ogwumike, the Sparks’ leading scorer and rebounder. Photo courtesy of gettyimages.com
That aside, these ladies have shown that their performance has been the best of any of Los Angeles’ sports teams so far this year.
But I must issue a word of caution:
A link, courtesy of YouTube.com, of Candace Parker scoring a team-high 34 points in the Sparks’ season opening win against Seattle on May 15th
As these Sparks are on the (very) short list of favorites for the WNBA title with has been their stellar play to date, they should keep this in mind…
Just like their male counterparts in the eastern portion of the San Francisco Bay Area, though they may have a great record, if this season doesn’t conclude with a championship, this 20-3 start will mean…
Candace Parker, the face of the Sparks, handing the ball against the San Antonio Stars. Photo courtesy of gettyimages.com
No matter how well they play during the regular season.
I am sure that Parker, Ogwumike and company know that; I’m just saying that they should remember what happened to that team from Oakland who broke the NBA record for most wins only to throw away a back-to-back championship by losing three straight games in the Finals.
While needing only one more victory to be able to have a parade no less.
Just something to think about…
Resting on the bench during a game. Photo courtesy of gettyimages.com