Sparks win Western Conference semifinals

The Sparks dominated from beginning to end, and despite some valiant runs by the Storm, LA kept them in check.

Thanks for all the years, Shannon Johnson.

I really wish the Sparks and Storm were playing one another in round two. I don’t care at all who wins tomorrow night in Western Conference semifinal two, because I strongly dislike both Phoenix and San Antonio.

Whomever wins, the Sparks will play at least one game at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion instead of the Staples Center, due to scheduling conflicts. Some are already bitching about Pauley, but it’s not bad at all. It beats the hell out of Anaheim, where the Sparks were shuffled for playoff action in 2006.

Here’s what my email from the Sparks says:

If the Sparks play the No. 1 seed Phoenix Mercury, the Sparks will host Game 1 on Wednesday, September 23 at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion. Please visit to confirm the tip-off time.

If the Sparks play the No. 4 seed San Antonio Silver Stars, the Sparks will host Game 2 on Friday, September 25 at STAPLES Center and if necessary, Game 3 on Saturday, September 26 at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion.

Go San Antonio! *gag*