Along with the "Candace Parker is good at basketball" meme that kept circling around in my head, I made a few observations while watching Wednesday night's Tulsa Shock vs. Los Angeles Sparks basketball game [BOXSCORE]:
- Candace Parker is really super awesome great. She finished the night with 33 points on 14-of-21 shooting, nine blocks, eight rebounds and four assists. Any time that you are three measly stats away from a triple-double, you've earned your keep, at least in my book. But there is not a need to close the night by talking about how she is a candidate to cross over to the NBA. Why even go there? Let's just keep enjoying what each CP3 does in their own respective league and leave it at that.
- Yes. I know Kristi Toliver did amazing things to slay the Shock in their first meeting with the buzzer beater. Yes. I also know that she had an exorbitant amount of turnovers in that game and only three tonight. Yes. I know. Thanks for reminding me, though. But really, the 14-of-14 from the line is what was more noteworthy to me. And the fact that Tulsa didn't press Toliver and the Sparks much at all despite their success in the early goings of the season.
- I really like Nneka Ogwumike. When I saw her at Stanford IRL last winter I developed a mini basketball crush on her. And now that she's thriving in the league, she continues to make me smile when I watch her play. She is unequivocally the 2012 Rookie of the Year, and I think when all is said and done she might deserve some serious consideration for other league-wide and not rookie restrictive awards. I see great stuff from the youngster every time I get a glimpse of her on the court and tonight was no different (12 points, 4-of-7 FG%, 4-of-6 FT, six rebounds).