Five thoughts on opening weekend

1. Elena Delle Donne came to play this season.

The Chicago Sky forward has begun the year like a beast, lighting it up for 31 points Friday night and throwing down a career-high 40 yesterday. Apparently she missed playing in 2014.

MVP this year?

2. Who are these teams that you call the Mercury and the Storm?

Wow, what transformations. Literally only three players from last season taking the court right now for each squad. With Seattle it was necessary, but I’m still trying to figure out why Phoenix dismantled one of the most precise and synchronized WNBA teams I’ve seen in years.

I hope fans know who the players are without having to look at the program.

3. The Mystics may have something this year; the Dream may not.

Many picked the Dream to top the Eastern Conference this season, but they are 0-2 in preseason after some mediocre performances (not to mention missing players). The Mystics, on the other hand, looked crisp in their two wins. Is that what coach Mike Thibault was cooking?

4. Did the Shock figure out how to keep a lead?

Tulsa held off Chicago yesterday to take an eight-point win, and they looked solid doing it. Maybe the Shock finally figured how to take and lead and hold off an opponent. They look more fluid together.

5. Is there any team deeper than Minnesota?

Not by a long shot.

The Lynx already have trophies in their eyes – you can see the glimmer.

Today’s result:

The Sun surged in the third quarter to down the Dream, 75-70.

Fever:

Canada’s Natalie Achonwa made an impact in her WNBA debut yesterday.

Indiana set the world record last night for most glow sticks lit simultaneously.

Lynx:

Lindsay Whalen has embraced her leadership role.

Liberty:

Sugar Rodgers discusses her upcoming autobiography.

Rookie Kiah Stokes blogs.

Storm:

…have a new intro video for home games.

USA Basketball:

The U18 3X3 team captured the silver medal at the world championships today.

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