1. Washington Mystics (1-1) at Connecticut Sun (1-2), 7:00 PM
Mike Thibault and the Washington Mystics head to the Casino to play the first of four matches against the Connecticut Sun. The big story line will be that Coach T is heading to his old stomping grounds and though he's saying publicly that he's pretty pragmatic about it, is he also looking for revenge given that he was shown the door last year? Still I consider DC an underdog here.
Check out our preview from Mike Schwarzenbach by clicking here.
2. New York Liberty (2-1) at Atlanta Dream (3-0), 7:30 PM ET
In Atlanta, you can see this on SPSO. Both of these teams started strong and look to continue the momentum tonight. Also, I don't think many expected the Dream to start out as strong as it did in my opinion.
Check out Ray's preview by clicking here.
3. Chicago Sky (3-0) at San Antonio Silver Stars (1-1), 8:00 PM ET
In Chicago, turn on WCIU-2 and in San Antonio, turn on Fox Sports Southwest. The Sky started out on the right foot with a coach who was feeling the hot seat, just like Atlanta. Can the Sky continue their strong start, even without Epiphanny Prince who is expected to miss this month anyway due to Russian national team commitments, but also injured her right ankle in an exhibition for the team?
4. Tulsa Shock (0-4) at Seattle Storm (1-1), 10:00 PM ET
I don't think many expected the Storm to be 1-1 right now at this point in the season, and almost everyone would have expected to see the Tulsa Shock at a record better than 0-4. While the season is relatively early, the Shock could very easily drop to 0-7 or 0-8, maybe worse if they can't win tonight at the Key. Many of us, including I have been high on their prospects, but to see the Shock in a similar spot as it has been ever since its relocation yet again, even this early, isn't something that we wanted to see.
Random SB Nation Jukebox "Songs" of the day: Change - Which coaches are closest to losing their jobs due to poor job performance compared against team expectations?
I've talked about some of the coaches who were on a "Hot Seat" to start the year: Chicago's Pokey Chatman, Seattle's Brian Agler, and Atlanta's Fred Williams and that a subpar performance could cost them their jobs. But all three either have met or exceeded baseline expectations so far in the young season.
But two other teams have head coaches who have started on the wrong foot as compared with expectations: Phoenix's Corey Gaines and Tulsa's Gary Kloppenberg. I know coaches aren't totally responsible for team performance, but is it possible that they're getting closer to meeting this fate midseason?
My gut tells me that Coach Klop is not in danger of losing his job for now and really, he shouldn't lose it this year for basketball reasons. And taking my optimism for Tulsa away, it's not totally unexpected if the Shock is a lottery team this year, even 6th in the West this year, because this team's performance will largely depend on how Skylar Diggins performs, and her performance this year has been unsatisfactory so far.
But for Corey Gaines, starting out this season 0-3 with all of his major players minus Penny Taylor back can't possibly sit too well with Robert Sarver. In theory, let's say this team starts out 0-5, 0-6. If that happens, I think he could be terminated midseason, as unthinkable as it sounded back a couple months ago...
I will give you one more song about Change, but it's not about firing people, it's a bit more altruistic, with 2Pac's posthumous "Changes" song, and yes, language has been edited:
So that's all for today. Enjoy the basketball games tonight.