Thursday and Friday Open Thread

There is only one game on Thursday and three this Friday. The Thursday game is yet another matinee which as I mentioned before, makes it harder for us to watch during work hours. Here they are:

Thursday Game: LA Sparks (10-5) at San Antonio Silver Stars (5-5) 12:30 PM ET/11:30 PM CT and Local Time/9:30 AM PT

It is camp day for the Stars, hence the matinee game. In addition, for the Stars, this is a home and home for them (last game vs. the Sparks was on Sunday, while the Sparks look to rebound from two straight losses, including Tuesday's loss against the Shock. Fortunately for them, it wasn't on TV or LiveAccess.

Watch this game on Fox Sports Southwest if you're in the Alamo.

The 2012 NBA Draft | Hornets Draft Site | Cats Draft Site | Wizards Draft Site | SB Nation StoryStream

It will start at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT and you can watch it on ESPN. The New Orleans Hornets are picking first and are expected to draft Anthony Davis, a forward from the University of Kentucky, where he helped lead the Cats to their first NCAA title since 1998. The Charlotte Bobcats will pick second, and the Washington Wizards third. All of this is subject to change if trades happen and it sounds like they just may tonight.

It is also a good thing that there are no WNBA games tonight, since I'd be more into the draft tonight to be honest.

Friday Game 1: Connecticut Sun (9-3) at Washington Mystics (2-9), 7 PM ET/4 PM PT | Mystics Preview | Sun Center Tina Charles Nominated For an ESPY!

The Sun comes off a real bad loss to Indiana last Thursday and hasn't played in over a week. The Casino Crew comes to the Phone Booth against a Mystics team that suffered another four game losing streak with a veteran roster.

Update: The Mystics' season has sucked so far to say the least. Here is a pregame video from Wednesday with Mo Currie in regards to keeping positive about the season. Her body language didn't look good and I can understand why if it was truly bad body language unless my rose colored glasses are on... Meanwhile, the very same day, here's a video for the Wizards in regards to anticipation for the Draft, obviously made by the same folks. That basically tells you that the Wizards and Mystics' morale is going in opposite directions, Wizards on the upswing, Mystics on the downswing. If you are a Mystics fan who doesn't particularly care for the Wizards, it just shows a further confirmation of "Why is our team not being treated fairly"? I would imagine that new Wizards guard Brad Beal will make an appearance tonight given that he should be in DC for a press conference at 2 PM.

If you're in DC/Baltimore, turn on Comcast SportsNet Mid Atlantic to watch the game.

Friday Game 2: Atlanta Dream (6-7) at Tulsa Shock (2-11), 8 PM ET/7 PT CT and Local Time/5 PM PT | Shock Preview | Dream's Angel McCoughtry is nominated for an ESPY as well

Both teams come off of good wins. The Dream finished its pre-Olympic home game schedule with a matinee win vs. Indy and its first winning streak. The Shock got a marquee win of the season by beating the Sparks on Tuesday. Hope to see a great match here.

Update: It is Faith and Family Night at the BOK Center. Looking forward to this game and it's my game of the night despite the record disparity. If Tulsa wins and DC loses tonight, we have a new frontrunner in the "Griner Sweepstakes."

Friday Game 3: Phoenix Mercury (3-9) at Chicago Sky (7-4), 8:30 PM ET/7:30 PM CT and Local Time/5:30 PM PT and Arizona Time | DT is nominated for an ESPY too, but she won't be playing

Both teams are struggling overall, due to recent injuries to star players. The Sky has lost three straight as a matter of fact. This is a good opportunity for both teams to turn the tides in their favor once again. If the Mercury loses, they will get a treat this Sunday against Washington, but they need to focus on this game first.

Update: Maybe my original blurb on this game was too optimistic for Phoenix. This game is a much easier chance for Chicago to win to be honest with you considering the Mercury's injury concerns. That said, Sammy P has impressed me given the injury woes the Mercury have, and the team can only be better once DT and Candice and Nakia are back. Or am I being way too optimistic here?

Turn on CN100 if you're in Chicago.

Those are the games for the rest of the working week. Enjoy the basketball ladies and gents!

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