Four four four. On Wednesday night, the New York Liberty went to Chicago hoping to stop their current losing streak. Unfortunately for them, they couldn't bring it home in the fourth and the Sky handed them their fourth straight loss. New York currently sits at fourth in the Conference.
The opponent tonight will be the Seattle Storm. The champs have managed to hang in there despite some heavy losses and are in decent position to defend their title come playoff time. They won on Thursday night against the Dallas Wings to snap their three game losing streak. They'll be on the East Coast for a while as they're heading to DC to face the 2018 Finals runner up Washington Mystics before heading north to face the Connecticut Sun.
Where to follow the game
NBATV is the place to be. Tip off after 3 PM.
Nothing here for NY. (8/11/19 update: Amanda Zahui B is out with a concussion while Asia Durr is out with a groin injury.)
Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart are still out.
This one's pretty important for the Liberty. This is their only appearance in Barclays Center and a win in front of the Brooklyn would serve the dual purpose of ending their losing streak as well as give the home fans a chance to see their favorite players up close and personal. New owner Joe Tsai might even be in the house, but who knows on that front.
The matchup at the four could determine this one. Tina Charles set some season highs on Sunday against the Sun. She shot a season high 55 percent from the field while also dishing out a season high six assists. Unfortunately, she set a season high with six turnovers as well. The team has caught the turnover bug lately and it's why the losses have been piling up. Natasha Howard has been the focal point of the Storm offense and while her shot isn't always there, she manages to affect the game in other ways. There still hasn't been an update on her domestic violence situation, so we'll keep an eye out on that story as it continues to progress.
Player to watch: Jewell Loyd
When you lose an all time great backcourt player, it pays to have another All Star that can help steady the ship. With Bird out, Jewell Loyd has stepped up even though she had to miss time due to an ankle injury. She missed about a month and has gradually been building herself back up.
Asia Durr got the start on Wednesday, and she might as well be out there for as much as possible the rest of the way. Having Durr start and play 20+ minutes would give coach Katie Smith a chance to see how the rookie can run an offense.
Now that Durr is out again, Kia Nurse will have to pick things up for Katie Smith's squad. Ever since she dinged her elbow against the Connecticut Sun the game before the All Star break, her shot has failed her. She's only shot 31 percent from the field since the break and for a team prone to go into scoring droughts, it's been a killer.
Was in a Bobby Caldwell mood recently. Can never go wrong with that
- New York Liberty Game Notes - New York Liberty