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Preview: Liberty host Lynx, Storm host Sky on Friday night

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There are two games on Friday night, including the Liberty’s home opener against the WNBA’s defending champions. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. EST!

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There are two games on Friday. Here’s what you need to know about tonight’s games!

New York Liberty (0-1) vs. Minnesota Lynx (0-1)

When: Friday May 25 at 7 p.m. EST

Where: Westchester County Center | TICKETS

How to watch: WNBA League Pass (worldwide streaming) | MSG+ (New York local TV)

Injuries: For the Sparks, Candace Parker is questionable due to a back injury while Jantel Lavender is doubtful due to personal reasons. Maria Vadeeva has not reported to LA because she will not receive a visa until at least June 1. The Lynx have everyone ready to go.

Storylines to follow

Both teams want to win their first games of the season: The Liberty kicked off their 2018 season on the road with an 80-76 loss to the Sky last Sunday. The Lynx lost a 77-76 game to the Sparks thanks to a buzzer-beater by LA guard Chelsea Gray. Both teams will still be among the WNBA’s best.

How will the Liberty fan base be with their arena move? It is no secret that Madison Square Garden, Inc. wishes to sell the Liberty, so the move to a smaller arena in Westchester County certainly rubs fans the wrong way. The Liberty have played in other arenas in different parts of the New York City area, like the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Will the Liberty have a solid crowd tonight, even with the defending champions coming to town? And even if this game has a full crowd, will fans keep coming throughout the summer?

Seattle Storm (1-1) vs. Chicago Sky (2-1)

When: Friday May 25 at 10 p.m. EST.

Where: KeyArena | TICKETS

How to watch: WNBA League Pass (worldwide streaming) | JOE TV (Seattle local TV) | The U TOO (Chicago local TV)

Injuries: Tayler Hill is out for the Mystics due to knee rehab. Fever guard Shenise Johnson is also out due to knee rehab.

Storylines to follow

Will Stefanie Dolson get into form? In 2017, Dolson had a breakout year averaging career highs in scoring and threes. So far in 2018, Dolson is shooting 35.7 percent from the field and averaging 7.7 points a game. Maybe it’s a slow start, but she hasn’t looked particularly good since the Sky’s first game against the Fever.

How will Jewell Loyd follow up on her 29 point performance on Wednesday? Loyd shot 9-of-14 from the field last Wednesday in a win over the Phoenix Mercury. Loyd is also shooting 50 percent from three so far in the 2018 season. It’s early, but Loyd has improved her three-point shooting efficiency in each of her three previous seasons. If she can make over 60 threes and score 40 percent of her attempts from deep, Loyd will be on track for a truly special season in 2018.