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Open Thread: Four Friday Games starting at 7:30 PM ET

Yeah, LeBron and Dwyane Wade were both in "attack mode" and set good examples on how the Washington Mystics' top draft pick should play this Sunday against the Indiana Fever which has another rookie guard who is showing some signs why she is a steal at her position. Wait, that's for Sunday's Dad's Day Thread! Anyway, TGIF everyone! Four games are on tap for tonight from East to West, all on LiveAccess ($14.99 for the year), so here they are.


1. Connecticut Sun (2-3) and New York Liberty (3-2), 7:30 PM ET

The Sun avoided a 1-4 start to its already disappointing season so far with a win over the Defending Champs. Tina Charles, Kara Lawson, and the gang get to face off against a New York Liberty team that isn't the best in the East, but it isn't the worst team either. Can this team convince the fans that they're no longer just "mediocre?"

If you're in the NYC area, turn on MSG Plus to watch this on TV.

2. Seattle Storm (1-2) at Atlanta Dream (4-1), 7:30 PM ET

The Storm's last loss to the Tulsa Shock kind of reminded me of what happened last year all season with the Washington Mystics. The team had nothing to play for, and yet the younger players didn't all get a collective opportunity to show what they could do. How Tianna Hawkins earned 37 minutes of bench time is beyond me. If I have to get Tom Green in a Green jersey to say "UNLEASH THE T-HAWK!" I will. If the trend continues next couple games with Stricklen and Hawkins as cheerleaders instead of ballers, maybe Nate should throw out a classic rant.

Sure, it's possible that the Storm could find its way to a fourth seed or better mathematically. But when the top two stars who are getting their AARP and Social Security benefits as players , and there doesn't seem to be any clear indication of who's the future of the team, you gotta play the youngsters! Only bench them when they're totally clueless and apathetic!

As for the Dream, this match should be a win for them. And if you're in Atlanta, turn on SPSO to watch it on TV.

3. Minnesota Lynx (3-1) at Tulsa Shock (1-5), 8:00 PM ET

This should be the Game of the Night as one of the Big Three in Skylar Diggins gets to face off against the best lineup in the league. Hopefully there's a nice homecourt advantage at BOK Center as well despite the disappointing start.

On paper, the Shock will lose, but if the Minnesota Lynx didn't learn their lesson from what happened in DC last week, it could be another long day for Coach Reeve's jacket.

4. Los Angeles Sparks (2-1) at Phoenix Mercury (1-3), 10:00 PM ET

Brittney Griner may come back for this game, where she would face a tough test against Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike, the #1 picks in the 2008 and 2012 Drafts. Even if she does, this is still Diana Taurasi's team.

In Phoenix, turn on Fox Sports Arizona Plus and in LA, turn on TWC Sportsnet to watch on T"V.

"Random" SB Nation songs of the day

We've talked about Russell Westbrook last week and his affinity for the crutch air guitar. This video is just awesome and it would've been even better if it went the whole length of the song! If they make "22" an Opening Theme for any NBA team, let alone the Oklahoma City Thunder, that would be pretty fun, and this video below shows a case for that.

Three more quick videos and I hope that it won't kill your page load times and this is going to be a good debate or a good way to make fun of me. Which of these boy bands are the best? Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, or One Direction? They're like the three biggest boy groups of the last decade and right now!

Backstreet Boys... I'll play "The One":

'N Sync with "It's Gonna Be Me." I remember these two aforementioned groups were neck and neck for much of the very early 2000's:

And here's One Direction with "What Makes You Beautiful.":

So there you have it, music, and basketball, two great things to kick off your Father's Day Weekends! Tomorrow, we'll play some girl bands/groups. Either way, you probably don't want to buy Dad One Direction CD's though. Just saying.