Positive vibes only. On a day the Brooklyn Nets won free agency, the New York Liberty were looking to put a win of their own together. They went down to Atlanta to face the Dream and came away with an impressive 16 point win on Sunday afternoon. They've got one more game to go on the road after this before they head back home.
The opponent tonight will be the Seattle Storm. The Storm have been the banner franchise in the WNBA in recent years, but the roster looks different than what we've been used to. They’re still second in the Western Conference, but did lose their last game on Sunday against the Phoenix Mercury.
Where to follow the game
League pass has you covered. Day time affair here as tip off will be after 3 p.m. ET.
Jewell Loyd injured her ankle on Sunday and will be out indefinitely. Sue Bird has been dealing with knee issues and has yet to play this year. Breanna Stewart ruptured her Achilles in international play and will miss this season.
In addition to being one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Sue Bird is also one heck of a writer. She published an article in The Players Tribune, and here's one of the highlights:
I feel that in my bones, increasingly, over these last several months — having seen my colleagues in the W show we mean business on a new CBA.
I feel that in my bones, increasingly, over these last couple of years — having seen our NBA counterparts start (START!) to stick their necks out for us, more and more, in solidarity and out of respect.
And I feel that in my bones, increasingly, right f*cking now — having seen these indestructible USWNT women stand up for themselves and (this seriously can’t be stressed enough) crack a LAWSUIT over the heads of U.S. Soccer while they go out and grind for a freaking World Cup.
Be like Sue.
It's been a heck of a run for Asia Durr. She's shot 50 percent or better from the field in seven out of her last games. The rookie has quickly bwcome acclimated to the pros and as she continues to develop, she and Kia Nurse will make for a dynamic duo as the Liberty continue to progress.
Player to watch: Mercedes Russell
With the injury to Stewart, Russell has had to step up and take on more responsibility. Russell has started 10 games and is averaging a career high 25.6 minutes a game. Russell is one of the league's best offensive rebounders and it helps immensely as she finishes shots at the rim. The Storm have the second best defense in the W, and a lot of that is thanks to Russell. Here's interim coach Gary Kloppenburg:
She knows where to be defensively on the screen and roll and that can be difficult for a big. She’s usually pretty good as far as the schemes and being in the right place. And she’s mobile enough to trap certain situations.
Tina Charles will once again keep things percolating for the Liberty on the inside. Charles still leads the team in scoring, but still requires a lot of shots to do so. Charles is NY's best inside scoring option, so they're going to need her to go for 20 plus points if they want to pull off the upset.
Tomorrow’s the fourth of July, so let’s cool out