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A team photo that any athlete would love to take – the Sparks posing with their WNBA championship trophy after an epic Game 5 of the finals. Photo courtesy of goduke.com

 

A SALUTE TO SO CAL’S LOS ANGELES SPARKS AS THEY WON THEIR THIRD WNBA CHAMPIONSHIP

Final 2016 Overall Record:

32 wins – 11 losses

Beat the Chicago Sky in the semifinals, three games to one

Beat the Minnesota Lynx in the WNBA Finals, three games to two

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Candace Parker (left) going up against the Lynx’s Maya Moore during Game 5 of the WNBA Finals. Photo courtesy of fansided.com

 

Final Postseason Stats:

Candace Parker (WNBA Finals MVP): 19.3 ppg, 8.7 rpg

Nneka Ogwumike (WNBA Regular Season MVP): 17.9 ppg, 9.3 rpg

Kristi Toliver: 12.8 ppg, 3.0 apg

NOTE: ppg = points per game, rpg = rebounds per game, apg = assists per game

 

The last 23 seconds of Game 5 of the WNBA Finals, a 23 seconds that saw perhaps the best finish not only in women’s basketball history, but in basketball history, period. Courtesy of YouTube.

 

Just a few thoughts (I promise!):

You have to hand it to these Sparks, and I am only too happy to do so!

This team won their third title as a franchise in a most exciting – and as it turned out, controversial – fashion as they sunk the winning basket with 3.1 seconds remaining in the fifth and deciding game in Minneapolis against the top-seeded Lynx this past Thursday, taking the crown by a final score of 77-76.

Although it was discovered that a Sparks basket should have not counted because of a shot clock violation that the referees missed, which was ultimately the difference in the game (If I were those refs or any Sparks player, coach or anyone else in that organization, I would stay away from the Upper Midwest for the time being),

 

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The Sparks’ Nneka Ogwumike putting up a shot during a climatic Game 5. Photo courtesy of baxterbulletin.com

 

I don’t think that should take away the tremendous effort that Parker, Ogwumike, and the rest of those Sparks gave.

Nor should it take anything away from a championship that – in my opinion – cements them as the best among the three professional and twenty college basketball teams (male and female) that call the greater Los Angeles area home.

And oh, by the way: That Candace Parker, who was voted the Finals’ MVP, dedicated winning the title to her recently deceased legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt was an excellent touch.

 

The goal of any athlete: going through a trophy presentation like these Sparks are going through here. Courtesy of YouTube.

 

As for the obligatory celebrations, the Sparks will be throwing one at L.A. Live today (October 24th) at 3:00 p.m.

Since there’s not much else to be said, I’ll just close this by saying once again…

CONGRATULATIONS SPARKS!

#WeRise  #WatchUsWork #LASparksQueensofBasketball

 

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Magic Johnson holding aloft the WNBA championship trophy amongst a bunch of jubilant Sparks. Photo courtesy of parentherald.com

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