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Hoops Happening: Today in women’s basketball — Friday May 4, 2018

Crystal Ball Edition: Read on to learn which WNBA team you should be following based on your astrological sign!

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The artwork ‘Crystal Ball’ by artist Ai Weiwei on display at Art Space in Sydney, Australia on March 13, 2018.
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It’s Friday and the 2018 WNBA preseason starts in two days. Welcome to this very special Crystal Ball Edition of Hoops Happening!

If you’re new to the WNBA and unsure which team to follow, we’ve got you covered with these astrological sign-WNBA team pairings. (I consulted with my crystal ball, so this is totally legit.)

Astrological sign / WNBA team you should be following:

Taurus (April 20 - May 20) / Phoenix Mercury: It’s Taurus season, and one of Mercury’s biggest stars is none other than Diana Taurasi. Reliable, patient and stubborn, she also happens to the WNBA all-time leading scorer. Her bullishness will no doubt remind you of your own.

Gemini (May 21 - June 20) / Las Vegas Aces: Eagerness and curiosity are the strong suits of this sign, but inconsistency and indecisiveness can be the downfall for Gemini people. Any better way to describe an effervescent team full of rookies led by #1 draft pick A’ja Wilson?

Cancer (June 21 - July 22) / Seattle Storm: Tenacious, imaginative, loyal ... and private: Traits that aptly describe Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart, two of the Storm’s biggest stars. Bird has played under the Space Needle her entire career and both women are known to be tight-lipped about their private lives.

Leo (July 23 - August 22) / Connecticut Sun: Passionate and creative, yet arrogant with a propensity towards laziness, Leos are the most irksome sign in the zodiac. But it is ruled solidly by the sun, which makes this the Connecticut Sun an obvious choice for Leos.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22) / Minnesota Lynx: Analytical, detail-oriented and hardworking — traits of the reigning WNBA champion Lynx. Multiple championships don’t come easily, and they never come without strong coaching and players, like Maya Moore, who are as meticulous about their craft as their coach is.

Libra (September 23 - October 22) / Chicago Sky: Cooperative, diplomatic and social (but with totally unmentionable shortcomings), Libras should follow the Sky. In a rebuilding year, Chicago features new energy and fresh-faced rookies. Ahem — a breath of fresh air.

Scorpio (October 23 - November 21) / Indiana Fever: A deadly spider with a propensity for violence. But Scorpios are also resourceful and passionate in productive ways and the color red is their thing. So, the Indiana Fever — led by 2014 WNBA champion Candice Dupree (and rounded out with rookie hopeful Victoria Vivians) — is for the spiders.

Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21) / Washington Mystics: People born under the sign of Sagittarius are known to be impatient and promise more than they can deliver. This sums up the Mystics — a team with weapons and potential, but one that hasn’t quite kept its promises. But with Elena Delle Donne and Kristy Toliver, it doesn’t mean they won’t.

Capricorn (December 22 - January 19) / Dallas Wings: Capricorns have a reputation for being condescending know-it-alls. But they also have some great qualities, like a keen sense of self-direction. Seasoned vets Glory Johnson and Skylar Diggins-Smith are two of the fittest women in the league and the team’s star rookies, Kaela Davis and Allisha Gray, snagged Co-Rookies of the Year awards in 2017. Masters of self-control, indeed.

Aquarius (January 20 - February 18) / Atlanta Dream: Visionaries of the zodiac, Aquariuses are known to be progressive, humanitarian, intellectual and ahead of their time — traits that describe some of the Dream’s most familiar faces: Angel McCoughtry, Layshia Clarendon and Imani McGee-Stafford. It’s a good thing the forward-thinking, justice-minded traits counterbalance the whole aloofness thing that is common with this sign.

Pisces (February 19 - March 20) / Los Angeles Sparks: Pisces are considered artistic, intuitive and wise, but with a slight desire to escape reality. These traits could describe LA’s on-court execution, or its star player: Candace Parker (but who could blame her wanting to escape this). Colors associated with Pisces are lilac, purple and violet, so there you go.

Aries (March 21 - April 19) / New York Liberty: Anyone who has ever met an Aries knows they are confident, enthusiastic and optimistic ... yet short-tempered, moody and impulsive. These qualities seem to fit New York City, herself. Plus, players with some of the coolest names in all of sports (Epiphanny Prince, Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, Sugar Rogers, Mercedes Russell, Shoni Schimmel, Amanda Zahui B and Shavonte Zellous — right?!) makes this a fit.

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