There are two big Tuesday evening WNBA games on the west coast tonight. Let’s go through them below.
Seattle Storm (6-3) vs. Chicago Sky (3-5)
When: Tuesday June 12 at 10 p.m. EST
Where: KeyArena | TICKETS
How to watch: WNBA League Pass (worldwide streaming) | MSG (New York City area TV)
Injuries: For the Storm, Crystal Langhorne (ribs) is questionable. For the Sky, Stefanie Dolson (hamstring) is out.
Storylines to follow
Will Seattle right the ship? After racing to a 5-1 start, the Storm have lost two of their last three games against the Wings and Dream. The Wings and Dream certainly figure to be in the playoff picture, but they aren’t the Sparks, who the Storm did defeat last Thursday.
Can Jordin Canada regain her shooting form? The rookie point guard looks like the heir apparent to Sue Bird on the passing end. But as a shooter, Canada has gone two straight games without scoring a field goal. The Sky’s backcourt rotation won’t be easy to defeat, but Canada has to start making buckets more consistently as well.
Los Angeles Sparks (5-2) vs. Atlanta Dream (5-3)
When: Tuesday June 12 at 10:30 p.m. EST
Where: STAPLES Center | TICKETS
How to watch: NBA TV (national TV) | Spectrum SportsNet (Los Angeles area TV) | WNBA League Pass (worldwide streaming)
Injuries: For the Sparks, everyone should be good to go. For the Dream, Brittney Sykes (foot) is doubtful.
Storylines to follow
Will Maria Vadeeva make her debut? After getting her work visa last week, the Sparks’ first round pick arrived in time for Sunday’s game though she didn’t play. If you are wondering whether head coach Brian Agler will play her much, that probably won’t happen right away.
According to HERO sports, Agler mentioned that Sparks have “a lot of really good players” and that her “integration will be slow depending on how she does.” Agler also said that she will get an opportunity, but it doesn’t sound like that opportunity is imminent.
Can the Dream extend their winning streak? Atlanta won three games in a row, including games against the Storm and Sun. After a sluggish start, if the Dream win tonight, this would be huge for them.