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Thursday Open Thread on the Cusp of Title IX's 40th Anniversary: Three Games Including Game 5 of the NBA Finals starting at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT

Yesterday was a late night for me, but it was primetime for our west coast posters and lurkers. All WNBA games on LiveAccess, unless I say otherwise.

Game 1: Connecticut Sun (9-2) at Indiana Fever (5-4), 7 PM ET/4 PM PT

WNBA.com | Fever Preview

This is the second game of a home and home for both teams from last Tuesday, with Connecticut winning at home 88-85 in OT. Erin Phillips made her return back from Europe and hopefully can continue to post solid numbers like the 11 points she scored in her season debut in the aforementioned Tuesday game.

It's also Title IX Night for the Fever, with events starting at 5:30 PM. Not a huge surprise to me, but Phoenix Suns and Mercury VP Ann Meyers Drysdale will be there, because she earned a tryout for the Indiana Pacers and also did broadcasting work for them as well. Even with the pregame celebration of Title IX's 40th anniversary, this game, rather than the pregame events will be the ultimate celebration and showcase on what Title IX stood for.

If you're in the Hoosier State, turn on Fox Sports Indiana to watch this clash of Eastern Conference powers.

Game 2: NY Liberty (4-7) at Minnesota Lynx (10-1), 8 PM ET/7 PM CT and Local Time/5 PM PT

WNBA.com | Liberty Preview | Lynx Preview

The first time these two teams met, it was really early in the season when the Libs started out 0-5. Since then, they are 4-2. The Lynx just came off a loss to the veteran Seattle Storm on the road, but they did almost win the game in the closing minutes. Let's see if Seimone Augustus, Lindsay Whalen, Mama Taj, and Maya Moore can get back to their usual butt kicking ways tonight.

It's not Title IX night for the Lynx, because they will host the Sky on Saturday and wear their commemorative IX jerseys in a nationally televised match on ESPN.

Game 3: Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat for Game 5 of the NBA Finals, 9 PM ET/6 PM PT

Miami leads 3-1

NBA.com | Thunder Practice Pressers | Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra Practice Presser | SB Nation Coverage

This is my game of the night due to the significance of this game, but the Sun/Fever game is the WNBA game of the night.

Well, it's pretty simple. It's a must win for OKC because if the Thunder loses, the Heat wins its second NBA championship, and LeBron James gets the championship monkey off his back. Not to mention, James will likely win the Bill Russell Finals MVP trophy too. Given how this series has gone, it seems like this is what will happen.

If the Thunder wins, the next game, and maybe the one after that is back in OKC, and given how the press is to LeBron, you know he's going to be picked on once again for not closing it out. At least every game of this series has been entertaining to say the least.

Watch this game on ABC here in the US. If you're abroad, check your local TV provider, but you may be able to see it on ESPN3.

So that's my take.

Enjoy posting your comments on the games tonight. I will be attending another commitment so I won't be able to watch the WNBA games today at least, but it should be another great night of basketball in the week.

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