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Saturday Open Thread: Mystics & Shock Face Off Looking For First Win, Mercury Host Sparks

If basketball is basketball, then maybe there are three games on tonight worthy of paying attention from basketball fans.

Or maybe just two. We'll leave that up to you.

Game 1: Washington Mystics vs. Tulsa Shock, 7 p.m. EDT

WNBA.com preview

How Much Did The Tulsa Shock Improve During The Offseason?

The Washington Mystics have the most to lose tonight of any team thus far in this young season.

If they win, all they did was beat a Tulsa Shock team at home that went 3-31 last season and is playing this season without their top two players from that campaign. If they lose, it will be to a Tulsa Shock team at home that went 3-31 last season and is playing this season without their two top players, but arguably their top four contributors.

Maybe that at least adds a dramatic narrative to a game that might otherwise be expected to be not so entertaining.

Game 2: Los Angeles Sparks vs. Phoenix Mercury, 10 p.m. EDT

WNBA.com preview

SB Nation Arizona storystream (preview and updates)

Bonus game: Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 8 p.m. EDT

Eastern Conference Semifinals, Game 7

SBN Boston storystream (preview & in-game updates)

SBN Philadelphia storystream (preview & in-game updates)

Obviously, the vast majority of the basketball world will be focused on this series, which has been ugly thus far. I'm waiting for it to end, as does Jeff Clark of SBN's Celtics Blog in writing, "This feels like the longest series ever. So many ugly, low scoring, painful to watch games." Still, it exists and I will root for Ray Allen to remain in the playoffs.

Also, it's actually on TV, which is always nice.

Feel free to discuss any of the three games above in the comments below and by all means add your own links, insights, and general brilliance as well.

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