1. Indiana Fever (1-6) at Atlanta Dream (7-1), 12:00 PM ET
In Atlanta, watch this on SPSO if you have time to.
This is a matchup of the best and worst teams in the East based on standings, though not on talent. The Fever can use anything and everything to get out of this bad start, while the Dream should not take the Defending Champs (yes, they really are) lightly.
Something else to add that should make Dream fans happy and we didn't put this in a formal post. Angel McCoughtry was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week yesterday, and her second in a row after scoring 34 points in a 78-77 win over Connecticut on Sunday. For the Western Conference, Tulsa Shock forward Glory Johnson got the honors, for being a double double machine and leading the black and gold to a 2-1 record last week.
2. Phoenix Mercury (4-4) at San Antonio Silver Stars (3-5), 8:00 PM ET
This is on ESPN 2 or Watch ESPN.
The Mercury has gotten out of a cold 0-3 start by winning four out of its last five games. The Stars earned a hard fought win over the Liberty on Sunday which also ended a four game losing streak. I just hope that ESPN's halftime analysis staff will talk about basketball like the LA Sparks' broadcasting crew on Time Warner Cable, but I'm not holding my breath. I fully expect"GRINER THIS, GRINER THAT, GRINER THIS, oh yeah, did you know that Brittney Griner like skateboarding and do you know that Brittney Griner is a Redskins fan because of RGIII?" With all due respect, I like how Griner is just altering defenses in a way that we have never seen in this league, but Danielle Robinson and the Stars should use what I said as motivation to show up tonight because this game is all about Griner.
Random SB Nation Song of the Day.
With a kids game today, I am obligated to give a kid song. Here it is below, because the series is going to have its 20th anniversary this fall:
Wow. I can't believe it's been 20 years since "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" first went on the air. The Power Rangers franchise is one of the longest running kids series of all time and has had strong staying power despite cast changes, which happen annually.
With Power Rangers turning 20, the current incarnation of the series: Power Rangers: Megaforce, the series will return 11 former rangers back to the series which is almost certain to draw adults who haven't watched this series since they were kids back.
While none of the original five power rangers will return (which include Amy Jo Johnson, the first Pink Ranger, who actually ended up with some decent roles, including for Flashpoint, a Canadian police tactical team drama that ran for five successful years), Jason David Frank, who played the original Green Power Ranger (and is the best sixth man of all time - get my puns?) and who is widely considered to be the Power Ranger of Power Rangers, will reprise his role as Dr. Tommy Oliver (I'll speak why in a bit if the word Dr. sounds weird to you).
Frank played his role over several Power Rangers series, where he also was the first White Ranger, a Red Ranger in two later series, and also a Black Ranger in Power Rangers Dino Thunder which was aired in 2004 where Tommy's character gets his Ph.D. and becomes a high school science teacher. Here's a blog post from IGN on more. There was some issues over other cast members coming back, you can read more on that by clicking here.
We'll talk more about kid shows throughout the week, but for today, how much Power Rangers did you like, if you were a kid when it was on? I loved the show until Tommy was gone several years later for the first time.
As always, enjoy the basketball games on today and tonight! And though I can't believe that I put Power Rangers into a basketball post, like I said, Tommy Oliver is the best sixth man of all time!