Saturday, September 12, 2009
The New Season Begins: LA Sparks Playoffs 2009!!!
SparksNation stand up! We fought, clawed, scratched and have made it to the WNBA playoffs. Now everybody's record is 0-0...and this is where it counts the most. This is where chemistry must already be developed, the intensity must be up from the coaches to the last player on the bench. Where we as Sparks fans remind the WNBA why the GM's picked the Sparks to win it all at the beginning of the season. First up-The Seattle Storm!
The above picture shows where the "drama" between these two teams started, in USA basketball! In Sydney Australia at the 2000 olympics, Lisa Leslie became Lauren Jackson's nightmare. She played Lauren to a "T" and frustrated her, to the point where Lauren pulled out Lisa's ponytail, swatting it across the court. It was funny because you could tell that Lauren did not know it was fake, because when it came off, Lauren had this petrified look on her face...lol. But Lisa being the champion she is simply stated one fact: "you can have the hair, I want the gold"...and the rest is history. Since then Lauren has went on to lose twice more to Lisa in the olympics...and she can't stand it! That's what makes this upcoming playoff series so intriguing.
The Seattle Storm are to my Sparks, what Boston is to my Lakers...a true rival! When that "green" makes it's way to Staples on Friday night, immediately the "hate" turns on! It's the one time where, shaking hands and being all smiles goes out the window. In head to head matchups the Storm is ahead 14-11(even though 4 of those wins came in a sweep the year Lisa sat out on maternity leave)...during the regular season, but they have NEVER BEATEN LA IN A PLAYOFF SERIES! Lauren Jackson wants to change this so bad she can taste it. She just wants to beat Lisa at least once before Lisa hangs them up...but sorry LJ it won't happen. Lisa Leslie will finish her illustrious career on top...with the 2009 WNBA Championship!
I love Lauren's competitive edge, and the back and forth she and Lisa do on the court. I love everything about a Sparks vs Storm matchup. I just hope that Coop remembers that Harrower (fellow aussie) cannot stop Sue Bird (proven in olympics) and uses Lennox and Bobbitt to chase her around screens. It's time now for the MVP to reign supreme. Well actually she already doing that. How you miss almost 2 months of the season, and still lead the league in block shots (2per gm) and double doubles with 14? Simply that's what MVP's do.
Sparks "here dey come" by MrFloz