By Aaron Lommers Herald Writer
Opponent: Los Angeles Sparks
When: 12:30 p.m.
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles
TV: NBA TV (cable)
Fresh off Sunday’s win over Washington, the Storm (6-9) face a struggling Sparks team. With Sunday’s 72-69 loss to San Antonio, the Sparks (4-8) dropped into last place in the WNBA’s Western Conference.
The Sparks poor record is not indicative of the offensive talent on their roster. They have five players averaging double-figures scoring, shoot 45.5 percent from the field and are averaging 79.1 points per game.
So what’s the problem? Defense. The Sparks’ opponents are averaging 81.3 points per game and shooting 45.4 percent from the floor.
Despite the Sparks’ struggles on the defensive end, it’s hard to underestimate them. Center Candace Parker, in her seventh season, remains one of league’s most dominant players. She averages 20.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Team Parker with Nneka Ogwumike’s 12.8 points and 7.4 rebounds and Jantel Lavender’s 10.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game and Los Angeles has one of the most formidable front lines in the league.
The Storm and Sparks met in Seattle’s season opener on May 16 at KeyArena, with the Storm falling 80-69. Parker and Lavender combined to score 28 points and shoot 12-for-18 from the field.