WNBA 2K13 Thread

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    May 25, 2013 4:22 PM GMT
    The ladies hit the hardwood floor again starting this weekend!

    1. With a lot of hype around this year's rookies, who are you most interested in seeing play? Griner? Diggins? Delle Donne? Tayler Hill? Someone else?

    2. With games on the line, will Candace Parker demand the ball... and will her L.A. Sparks teammates get it to her?

    3. How many dunks will we see this season? (my over/under is 5)

    4. Will Erlana Larkins lead the league in rebounding... and does Indiana have enough depth to repeat as champions?

    5. Is Seattle sunk without Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson?

    6. Will Chicago FINALLY make the playoffs? How about Tulsa?

    7. With so many stronger competitors in the West, can Maya Moore still will the Lynx to the WNBA Finals?

    8. How many games until Angel McCoughtry combusts again?

    9. Will Bill Laimbeer breathe new life into the Liberty, or is he pulling too many old strings?

    10. Can a glare from Cheryl Reeve cut through steel? icon_razz.gif
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    May 25, 2013 7:29 PM GMT
    My Power Rankings

    1. Los Angeles Sparks - Candace Parker can dominate games if her teammates get her the ball. They finally have a point guard (Lindsey Harding) who can do that.

    2. Phoenix Mercury - Brittney Griner will need a minute to live up to her own expectations. Diana Taurasi and Penny Taylor will carry this team in the interim.

    3. Indiana Fever - Everybody's sleeping on the defending champs. It's exactly how Tamika Catchings and company like it.

    4. Minnesota Lynx - The two-time Western champs will be a tough out. Maya Moore seems ready to average 30+ per game.

    5. Chicago Sky - The tools are there to finally make the postseason. But Courtney Vandersloot needs to lead the way at point guard.

    6. Atlanta Dream - Good news is, there's just one player capable of stopping Angel McCoughtry. Bad news is, that player is Angel McCoughtry.

    7. New York Liberty - C-C-C-Cappie and the Shock. The old Detroit Bad Girls bringing the band back together behind Bill Laimbeer.

    8. Tulsa Shock - Waffling center Liz Cambage's return is just in time for the new Diggins & Wiggins backcourt.

    9. San Antonio Silver Stars - Grow-up Time for a number of young players, without Sophia Young available..

    10. Connecticut Sun - Reigning MVP Tina Charles will really miss Asjha Jones.

    11. Washington Mystics - A healthy Crystal Langhorne surrounded by subpar talent; Coach Thibault needs to provide a defensive makeover.

    12. Seattle Storm - No Sue, No LJ? See you next year!
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    May 25, 2013 10:28 PM GMT
    I'm definitely not much of a WNBA fan, but it's nice to see some actual sports talk on here! I think it'll be interesting what the three rookies can do. It'd be awesome for them to play at an elite level from the beginning and generate some excitement for the league. Who knows when the league will see three players of that caliber come into it again. They are also three players that the average or non-fan could very well get into watching. The league definitely needs them right now though, and I think they could very well give the league the boost its been looking for for a while.
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    May 26, 2013 1:05 AM GMT
    Janelle McCarville is back playing with Whalen and the Lynx. When I do watch the WNBA (rare, but occasionally) I do cheer for the Lynx. Huge Maya Moore fan, huge Candace Wiggins fan, MASSIVE Seimone Augustus fan. They seem ready to take it this year.
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    May 26, 2013 1:23 PM GMT
    running11 saidJanelle McCarville is back playing with Whalen and the Lynx. When I do watch the WNBA (rare, but occasionally) I do cheer for the Lynx. Huge Maya Moore fan, huge Candace Wiggins fan, MASSIVE Seimone Augustus fan. They seem ready to take it this year.


    Won't change your Lynx fandom one bit, but Candice is now with Tulsa (part of the deal for Janel).
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    May 26, 2013 1:40 PM GMT
    nckbob2011 saidI'm definitely not much of a WNBA fan, but it's nice to see some actual sports talk on here! I think it'll be interesting what the three rookies can do. It'd be awesome for them to play at an elite level from the beginning and generate some excitement for the league. Who knows when the league will see three players of that caliber come into it again. They are also three players that the average or non-fan could very well get into watching. The league definitely needs them right now though, and I think they could very well give the league the boost its been looking for for a while.


    The top rookies (I'm including Tayler Hill and Kelsey Bone in the mix) can play on a diversity of casual fans' interests with their backgrounds and styles of play. Hopefully, many of them will develop into stardom quickly for the benefit of the league, but also they're not rushed at the expense of their teams' immediate needs. This influx does have the transformative potential of doing for the WNBA what the late 1970s introductions of Magic and Bird did for the NBA.
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    May 28, 2013 6:56 PM GMT
    dayumm saidThe ladies hit the hardwood floor again starting this weekend!
    3. How many dunks will we see this season? (my over/under is 5)


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    Welp! So much for trying to be modest! icon_lol.gif

    Looks like I'd better up my over/under! How about 50?

    Elena's first half of her debut was fantastic, too!
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    May 30, 2013 3:12 AM GMT
    Still mad my girl Amber Holt got cut by the Shock. Hoping my friend Alysha Clark can get some more playing time with the Storm this year.
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    Sep 18, 2013 7:08 PM GMT
    Playoffs Power Poll Time!

    1. Minnesota Lynx (26-8 ) - I keep on underestimating this balanced squad, to my peril! Lindsey Whalen's still got the steadiest hands in the league by far. Maya Moore's incredible second-half surge has made the West's top seed a truly tough out. But can their frontcourt hold up in the Conference Finals?

    2. Chicago Sky (24-10) - First time ever in the postseason, with the Rookie of the Year (Elena Delle Donne) and maybe the MVP (Sylvia Fowles, if it isn't Moore) in tow. Not placating Notre Dame fans by taking EDD ahead of Skylar Diggins paid major dividends. Will the postseason inexperience help or hurt them? Strong guard play from Epiphanny Prince and Courtney Vandersloot will give them the edge.

    3. Los Angeles Sparks (24-10) - Candace Parker can pretty much do it all, but it's 2012 Rookie of the Year Nneka Ogwumike that's the X-Factor for their chances to come out of the West. Streaky guards Kristi Toliver and Lindsey Harding can either shoot them into the Finals, or shoot them right out of contention.

    4. Phoenix Mercury (19-15) - What a turnaround for the Merc after replacing head coach Corey Gaines with Russ Pennell. Their chances for upsetting L.A. will hinge on how committed Britney Griner is to rebounding. And no one wants to deal with Diana Taurasi in crunch time with a playoff game on the line.

    5. Indiana Fever (16-18 ) - The defending champs fought injuries all season long, and with Katie Douglas back, the Chicago-Indiana matchup will be the most grueling and entertaining of the first-round matchups. 2012 playoff surprise Erlana Larkins can't sneak up on anybody now, but Shavonte Zellous (2013 Most Improved Player?) just might.

    6. Atlanta Dream (17-17) - After a scintillating 11-1 start, the Dream season sunk when Sancho Lyttle went down. Team speed and transition ball is their calling card. Poor three-point and free throw shooting hurts them routinely. Great seasons by Angel McCoughtry and Erika DeSouza, but they're not getting to the Finals without Lyttle healthy.

    7. Washington Mystics (17-17) - WNBA's winningest coach, Mike Thibault will take every advantage of this postseason opportunity to stick it to the Connecticut Sun team that fired him, and have now taken their place at the bottom of the league. Smart move to bring Ivory Latta into the mix. She'll be eager to stick it to her old team (Atlanta) too.

    8. Seattle Storm (17-17) - Go ahead and hand the Coach of the Year hardware to Brian Agler, whose Storm made the postseason without Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird. A career-capping accomplishment for leading scorer, rebounder, and lipstick user Tina Thompson, who will retire as the league's all-time scorer.

    9. New York Liberty (11-23) - Bill Laimbeer probably wasted a lot of time bringing in old Detroit Shock players as spackel on a roster full of holes. But their season got sunk for sure once Essence Carson went down in June.

    10. Tulsa Shock (12-22) - The future remains bright for the team that got breakout contributions from Glory Johnson, Riquna Williams (51 points! Garbage time, but still!) and Liz Cambage, while Skylar Diggins gets a full offseason to improve. Whether Gary Kloppenburg will remain around to see it all is unclear.

    11. San Antonio Silver Stars (12-22) - Losing Becky Hammon twice was a bad break, but Danielle Robinson was a revelation as a passer. The biggest issue going into 2014 is what to do with homophobic star Sophia Young when she gets healthy.

    12. Connecticut Sun (10-24) - No one wants a do-over quite like the Sun after dumping Thibault as coach in favor of Anne Donovan. But a solid draft pick and some healthier returnees around 2012 MVP Tina Charles could have them bouncing back quickly.
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    Sep 24, 2013 5:34 AM GMT
    Brittney Griner's biggest shot of her career... and it wasn't even a dunk... sent MVP Candace Parker home early! Minnesota versus Phoenix will be mighty tasty! Can Russ Pannell outwit the best coach in the game in Cheryl Reeves?

    Meanwhile, the Fever's playoff mettle was too much for a green Chicago Sky squad. Lin Dunn can out-strategize the Dream, but they're under-(wo)manned with Katie Douglas unavailable again, plus they'll have to win one on the road in Atlanta to do it.

    The league MVP, coach of the year, defensive player of the year, and rookie of the year are already bounced out of the playoffs. Should be a wild run to the Finals!
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    Oct 02, 2013 1:42 AM GMT
    Minnesota and Atlanta with the sweeps for a rematch from 2011... any takers for the Dream to pull off the upset this time around? The series should be much more entertaining than two years ago.
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    Oct 16, 2013 12:08 PM GMT
    Belated congrats to the Lynx! The team played like a true champ through the whole playoffs, going undefeated and earning their second WNBA title.