Are we in for another high-scoring slugfest between two teams at very different ends of the playoff conversation? Here’s how to watch and find out.
Dallas Wings (12-9) vs. New York Liberty (7-14)
When: Tuesday, July 17 at 1 p.m. ET
Where: College Park Center | TICKETS
How to watch: Twitter (worldwide streaming), FOX Sports Southwest Dallas Plus (Dallas-area TV), MSG+ (New York-area TV)
Injuries: Nothing to report.
Storylines to follow
Last meeting: Wings 97, Liberty 87 (July 8)
The Wings’ five-game win streak ended Saturday at the hands of the Storm, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to roll over for this upstart Liberty team.
Not only is the season series between these two teams tied, but in the Liberty’s last two games — both immediately following the July 8 loss to the Wings, and both wins — they’ve shown they have exactly what they need to beat Dallas again: balanced scoring and holding firm late in games.
In these teams’ last meeting, the Liberty shot just 40 percent to the Wings’ 49.2 percent and relied mainly on Tina Charles’ 26-point game to keep them in the contest. Meanwhile, Skylar Diggins-Smith and Liz Cambage combined for 51 points, with Cambage grabbing 12 of Dallas’ 40 rebounds.
But New York showed in their May 29 win against the Wings that they can overcome a huge combined effort by these two players, edging out Dallas by five points in a game that saw 48 combined points from Diggins-Smith (who shot just 37.5 percent) and Cambage (who picked up half of Dallas’ 32 rebounds).
Of course, letting these two top the scoring and dominate the boards is not an ideal scenario, but a positive outcome is possible.
One key that will help New York toward a win: Marissa Coleman is slated to return to the Liberty on Tuesday after missing nine games with an ankle injury. Coleman had 12 points and four steals in the May 29 meeting, and her return to the lineup could certainly add a spark to this team that has already worked out some kinks during their two-game winning streak.
The Liberty still have to keep an eye on Azurá Stevens, too, who scored in double figures in both games against them and is very much on the rise. So the Liberty will have their hands full trying to limit Stevens and the usual suspects of Diggins-Smith and Cambage.
But if Charles can put up yet another high-scoring game and get some help from fellow recently hot shooters Shavonte Zellous and Amanda Zahui B, then New York has a real chance to snag the season series win and put Dallas back on the playoff bubble.