Storm 79, Sparks 75

What to say that I haven’t already said.

The Sparks have no defense and the Storm have crazy good defense. Who’s 1-7 and who’s 7-1?

Story. (Check out my slideshow/pictures on this link).

Storm players and their coach all talk about their defensive emphasis. Players talk about working together as a unit. This is the most cohesive they’ve looked since 2004, when the won the championship.

Game thread.

Box score.

Loved the Home Depot Center. Wish they could play there more.

Candace Parker was visibly flustered at times during the game. I would be too if I were busting my hump and no one on my team seemed to be able to help except Tina Thompson.

7 p.m., an hour before tipoff and the sun’s not set yet….the Sparks warm up.

7:01 p.m.

Lauren Jackson warms up on her end.

7:05 p.m., the entire team leaves except Candace Parker.

7:07 p.m., Tina Thompson comes out to join her.

CP watches her shot swish in.

Looking down at the venue from the top.

Sara Parker and baby Lailaa…..awwwwwwww

And with dad Shelden.

The Storm and the Spark kids dance together at a fourth quarter timeout.

Remarkable display of unity.