Los Angeles Sparks Rout Chicago Sky
By Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com
The Los Angeles Sparks welcomed the Chicago Sky to the Staples on Sunday afternoon. Having won only one of their five previous games, the Sparks were looking to turn their last win into a winning streak. They would have to remain committed to their multiple efforts that it would take against a team like this,” as per Head Coach Derek Fisher.
Due to the early afternoon start time, the Sparks would not conduct a shootaround practice prior to the game. Even without a pre-game shoot around both teams game out shooting over 50% from the three-point line in the first quarter. Riquna Williams led the Sparks with 9 points by going 2 out of 3 from the arc. The Sparks also led both teams with 6 assists the opening quarter.
The Sparks then extended their lead in the second quarter by hitting a couple early fast-break threes from their backcourt. However, Diamond DeShileds kept the Sky within striking distance by scoring 11 points in the half. The Sparks bench scoring was their differentiator as each of the Sparks bench players scored when they came into the game, led by Syndey Wiese, giving them at 12 point at the half.
Having not scored a pint in the first have, Sparks Terra Rufin-Pratt erupted for 8 in the quarter. three quarter DeShields led the Sky with 17 points while here teammate chipped in 10 points. Yet, the Sparks were led their 47.4% shooting from the 3-point line in addition to Riquna’s 17 points and Parker’s 12 points lead the Sparks to 21 points lead at the end of the 3rd quarter.
In each quarter of the game, except the first quarter, the Sparks held the Chicago Sky to under 20 points. Conversely the Sparks scored 20+ points in each quarter of the game. By the time final buzzard sounded, each of the Sparks starters scored in double figures in the game to lead them to their 2nd consecutive win and their 6th victory of the Season. What are your thoughts about Los Angeles Sparks? I’ll be interested in seeing how, this Derek Fisher coached team handles their week off before playing again.
In his post-game press conference, I asked Coach Fisher about the conversation he had with his team in regards to defending the three pointers the Sky were making early in the game, Fisher’s message was for his team to, “stick with our defensive principles.” As well as to understand, “You can’t take away everything from professional basketball teams, they will score somehow. We just feel like making teams score far from the basket at time is best.” This philosophy aided the Sparks to a 25 pint win on Sunday afternoon.
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