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Open Thread: Finals rematch in the afternoon, one more ESPN 2 game at night, plus my Eastern and Western Conference All-Star Teams

Good morning all. Two games are on today, one is a matinee on the East Coast, and the other is a prime time game on the West Coast.


So, here are the games:

The Random SB Nation Song of the Day: Playing "Summertime" by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. It's a summer day!

1. Minnesota Lynx (9-4) at Indiana Fever (4-7), 12:00 PM ET

Watch this on LiveAccess. This is a rematch of last year's Finals, and even with the Fever suffering an number of injuries, it's still a shame to me that this is a matinee game instead of an evening match.

2. Los Angeles Sparks (8-4) at Tulsa Shock (3-11), 9:00 PM ET

Watch this on ESPN2 on TV or ESPN3 if online. The Shock hasn't played in over a week, having last played a game on July 2. They also played more games than any other team so a long break during the year was inevitable. In addition, this team can use any and every way to get its season back on track. As for the Sparks, they will have about as "easy" of a chance as any to get their first win on the road tonight.

All-Star Team voting

So, more of the writers here will probably give their picks for the game, and Zack actually had a great post on what a potential Eastern Conference All-Star team could look like based on a simple statistical measure. But here are my All-Star starters for each team plus reserves.

Western Conference Team


Guard - Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury - DT after a 2012 season where she sat out most games due to injury has had a bounceback season and is playing some of the best basketball of her career, averaging 21.5 points and 5.7 assists per game for games up through July 7. In addition, she has made 49.2% of her shots, 40.2% of her threes (35 makes out of 87 attempts.

Guard - Lindsay Whalen, Minnesota Lynx - I was pretty solid on Seimone Augustus as the other starting guard, but after thinking it through, I'm going with Whalen who is averaging 14.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game. She is also averaging nearly 49% of her shots.

Frontcourt - Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks - Parker is the most versatile forward in the west and arguably the league. She is averaging 17.7 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 2.7 blocks, and 1.2 steals per game. It's not just stats, but the Sparks are 8-4 right now. I know it's flawed, but she still has been the major force behind their record.

Frontcourt - Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx - Moore is the leading scorer for the WNBA's top team in the West, and arguably the best in the league with 17.5 per game. She is also averaging 6.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists as opposed to just 1.25 turnovers. She's not just efficient at ball handling, but she is making over 46% of her shots overall, and over 46% from three. She's the real deal.

Frontcourt - Glory Johnson, Tulsa Shock - I was tempted to add Rebekkah Brunson here instead despite staying with Johnson as a starter all year, but I'm sticking with GloJo. She is the best player on a Shock team that would otherwise not have too much to root for this season, and that's even with Skylar Diggins. She is averaging 16.5 points and 10.6 rebounds a game, the latter which is tops in the West.


Guard - Seimone Augustus, Minnesota Lynx - Augustus is making over 51% of her shots and averaging 15.5 points a game for the West's top team.

Guard - Danielle Robinson, San Antonio Silver Stars - In light of Becky Hammon's absence first because of a broken finger, and now because of a torn ACL, Robinson has shined on an otherwise underperforming Stars team. She is leading the league in assists with 6.6 per game and is also leading her team in scoring. In addition, she's leading the West in steals per game with 1.7 per game.

Guard - Lindsey Harding, Los Angeles Sparks - Harding is third in the league in assists with 5.4 per game. She's also scoring 13.1 points per game on over 48% shooting

Frontcourt - Rebekkah Brunson, Minnesota Lynx - She is averaging a near double double with 9.6 points and 9.3 rebounds per game and is playing on the best team in the West. Another solid selection for this team.

Frontcourt - DeWanna Bonner, Phoenix Mercury - Bonner is second on a rebounding Mercury team in scoring with 15.8 points per game and is leading her team in rebounding with 6.7 per game. She's also averaging 2.7 assists per game as opposed to 1.38 turnovers.

Frontcourt - Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury - Griner leads the league in shot blocking and is a very efficient scorer by averaging almost 60% of her shots and she scores 14.9 points per game.

Notable snubs - Nneka Ogwumike, Kristi Toliver, Temeka Johnson.

Eastern Conference Team


Guard - Epiphanny Prince, Chicago Sky - She is the second leading scorer on the Sky with 17.9 points per game and making over 47% of all her shots and over 45% of her threes.

Guard - Ivory Latta, Washington Mystics - In 12 games through July 6, Latta leads DC in scoring with 15.4 points and assists with 4 per game. she is also making nearly 47% of her threes (22 makes out of 47 attempts). Without her play, let alone her presence in a DC uniform, the Mystics would probably be the last place team in the East right now, and that's enough to make her an All Star, and also for homerism reasons, she's a starter.

Frontcourt - Angel McCoughtry, Atlanta Dream - McCoughtry is averaging 19.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5 assists, 3.5 steals, and almost 1 block per game, while leading ATL to a 10-2 start. That earns her a starting spot.

Frontcourt - Sylvia Fowles, Chicago Sky - Fowles is leading the league in rebounding with 11.6 per game and is also averaging 2.4 blocks per game. And she's averaging 13.5 points per game too. All on the 2nd place team in the East, and she's an easy starter.

Frontcourt - Elena Delle Donne, Chicago Sky - Of the rookies, let alone the Big Three (I REFUSE TO USE THE OTHER TERM!), EDD is the best of them all at least right now. She's leading the Sky in scoring with 18.9 points, and is also averaging 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1.9 blocks per game. She gets the third starting frontcourt spot out East.


Guard - Cappie Pondexter, New York Liberty - You can easily swap Latta out of the starting lineup for Pondexter, but she is on this team for averaging 18.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game. She leads in scoring and assisting for NY.

Guard - Matee Ajavon, Washington Mystics - Ajavon earns an All-Star bid because she is shooting the ball at a career high rate of 41.7% considering that she is a volume scorer. She also is averaging nearly 3 assists per game and is averaging just over 10 points in a little under 21 minutes per game. I know her bid is questionable, but she's played every game for DC, while many other guards in the East are injured and therefore have an insufficient resume to beat her out, or they're not putting up the numbers Ajavon is.

Frontcourt/Guard - Shavonte Zellous, Indiana Fever - Zellous has been a bright side for Indy considering their otherwise rough start this season. She is averaging 16.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game, and is also scoring at an efficient clip, especially from three (44% on 22-50 attempts).

Frontcourt - Erika de Souza, Atlanta Dream - de Souza has been a steady front court presence for ATL, averaging 10.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game. With Atlanta leading the way in the East and with her being a major part of it, she gets the nod.

Frontcourt - Tina Charles, Connecticut Sun - The reigning MVP is averaging a double double with 18.6 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. The knock on her from being a starter in my eyes is in part because we've seen her play at her best like last season, and this year, she definitely is not playing at the same level, but who isn't going to want a player of Charles' caliber?

Frontcourt - Tamika Catchings, Indiana Fever - While the Fever hasn't been playing at expectations, Catchings still has played at a high level, averaging 18.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 2.9 assists, 1.1 blocks, and 3.2 steals per game. She has also played a very important part in the Fever's current three game winning streak to get back in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Notable snubs - Sancho Lyttle, Monique Currie, Crystal Langhorne, Tiffany Hayes, Kara Lawson (maybe)

So there you have it. The games for lunchtime/this morning as well as tonight. And feel free to give your All-Star picks.