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Seattle Storm 82, Los Angeles Sparks 60: Live Blog & Game Thread

Who: The Seattle Storm are hosting the L.A. Sparks

What: The Sparks are coming off just their second win of the 2010 season, after a last-second win over the defending champs in their last outing, while the Storm have a four-game win streak on the line - including a victory over the Sparks in the recent Sunset Showdown.

Where: Key Arena - Seattle, WA

When: 7:00 p.m. pst

TV/Radio/Internet: KONG 6/16 / 1150 AM KKNW / Live Access

Game recap from Jayda Evans: Storm routs Sparks

Links to previews and keys to the game after the jump, live blog in the comments.

Keys to the game:

Seattle Storm:

As Agler has said throughout the week, the Storm are focused on keeping up their defensive intensity for 40 minutes and not experiencing another letdown like they did in their last meeting with the Sparks.

Los Angeles Sparks:

Sparks coach Jennifer Gillom said before the game that the key to beating the Storm this season is matching their intensity and physicality. In contrast to the Storm, in the last game they played intensely for one quarter but Gillom said she hopes to get a full game -- "or at least three quarters" -- of that to earn a win.

She said the Storm matchup particularly well because they have a strong front line. She also spoke highly of guard Kristi Toliver who has been playing well with guard Ticha Penicheiro less than 100% and learning more about how to balance passing with her scoring instincts.

Gillom was not specific about whether Penicheiro would play tonight, only indicating that she's a hard nosed player who won't readily volunteer how much she is hurting.


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