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Open Thread: Two Saturday Games at 7:00 PM ET with the Dream and Shock plus the Liberty and Sun, and Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference Finals with the Grizzlies and Spurs

Tonight two more games in the W with the Shock and Dream, and the Libs and Sun starting at 7:00 PM Eastern all on LiveAccess. Then at 9:00 PM Eastern, watch Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference Finals as the Memphis Grizzlies try to get out of a 2-0 deficit vs. the San Antonio Spurs.

Angel McCoughtry is the first A-List star player that Skylar Diggins gets to face tonight.
Angel McCoughtry is the first A-List star player that Skylar Diggins gets to face tonight.

NY Liberty at Connecticut Sun, 7 PM ET

These two rival squads already have had a home and home in the preseason, but this time, the match counts.

Atlanta Dream at Tulsa Shock in Philips Arena, 7 PM ET

This isn't a typo above. This piece from last weekend is why. Some folks have disagreements regarding my diatribe against Atlanta, but this is just.... wow. Sorry James and pilight for taking shots at the Dream, but they're not on McCoughtry's and de Souza's abilities to play basketball. They're on marketing the other team than the home team.

In seriousness, the Tulsa Shock with a new backcourt for the 2nd straight year will be traveling to the ATL, which enters its first full year with Fred Williams. Can Angel McCoughtry and Erika de Souza turn a potentially larger than average crowd back on their side by the end of the game? I hope I can answer yes to that question!

To keep the hometown crowd happy, I'll play the state song:

San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies for Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference Finals, 9 PM ET

The Grizzlies in my opinion should have won Game 2 in San Antonio as they made a furious comeback in the 4th quarter. But Tim Duncan unleashed the nasty in over time scoring six of the Spur's eight points in the extra five minutes which gave then the victory; he had 17 points overall, plus 9 boards, 3 dimes, 2 steals, and 4 swats... Tony Parker was a magician with 15 points and 18 assists. For the Grizzlies, Mike Conley and Jerryd Bayless had 18 points each.

I still think this series can go either way. Last year, remember that the Spurs had a 2-0 lead vs. the Thunder in the Western Conference Finals, but lost four straight. We could see de ja vu again if the NBA Gods are smiling over Elvis' hometown.

Music Requests

Not too many votes yesterday, but someone wanted the Crowd Chant, which you can play after your team wins!

And someone wanted Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called to Say I Love You," so here it is.

So that's it.

Enjoy tonight's basketball games!