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Chicago Sky look to close out Mercury and win first WNBA title

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CHICAGO (AP) — Candace Parker isn’t anticipating one other rout that will full the right ending to her homecoming by bringing town of Chicago and the Sky their first WNBA title.

Parker and the Sky will attempt to win one of the best of 5 sequence in Chicago on Sunday after Friday’s Sport 3 blowout victory over the Phoenix Mercury. Chicago leads 2-1.

Standing in the way in which of that championship is the league’s all-time main scorer Diana Taurasi and the Mercury.

“Yeah, Sport 4. I believe it’s essential for us to proceed to have the identical mentality that we had coming into (Friday’s) recreation and even higher as a result of it’s going to be actually arduous, and if we predict it’s going to be straightforward, that’s a lie. Like there are nice gamers on the opposite finish,” Parker mentioned.

Parker, who scored 13 factors in Sport 3 will probably be attempting to win her second WNBA Championship, however successful in Chicago could also be simply as important as successful in Los Angeles with the Sparks in 2016. Parker was a highschool star at west suburban Naperville Central Excessive College, successful two state titles in 2003 and 2004 earlier than capturing the nationwide highlight at Tennessee.

Kahleah Copper helped Parker and the Sky get one step nearer to the championship by scoring 20 of her 22 factors within the first half that ignited the Sky to an 86-50 victory on Friday, which was essentially the most lopsided win in WNBA historical past.

“After a recreation like that, you’ll need to really feel crushed and hopeless. However on the finish of the day, you win by 40, you win by one, it’s one recreation and I’m positive they might in all probability say the identical factor,” mentioned Taurasi.

Taurasi, a three-time WNBA champion, mentioned she hasn’t misplaced a championship since her senior yr in highschool. She has piled up extra accolades than anybody within the sport with 5 Olympic gold medals and three NCAA championships, however Taurasi is undecided if she’s going to proceed her profession after this season.

Taurasi’s spouse Penny Taylor simply gave beginning to their second little one and she’s going to take time within the offseason to decide whether or not she’ll play out the yr she has left on her contract.

“Hopefully, I can fulfill my obligation which I dedicated to final summer time, however you by no means know,” she mentioned. “Like I mentioned, the offseason is absolutely lengthy within the WNBA, and never having abroad to play in it makes that eight months actually lengthy to remain game-ready bodily and mentally so it’s one thing I discuss with Penn and my household and actually do some soul looking out to see if that is one thing I need to proceed to do,.”

Teammate Skylar Diggins-Smith is able to assist Taurasi on no matter choice she chooses.

“We have to admire what we’re seeing from her as a result of we’ll in all probability by no means see something like that once more,” Diggins-Smith mentioned. “So I don’t take any second for grant it along with her on the courtroom. No matter occurs subsequent we are going to cross that bridge once we get there. No matter she decides. She doesn’t must show something, owe something to anyone, she has a ravishing household, no matter she decides to can we’re going to assist her.”

CONSISTENCY?

Mercury coach Sandy Brondello has been annoyed by the inconsistent officiating. “ Yeah, I don’t know. I imply, that’s not normally, I say nothing as a result of I do know it’s arduous. I do know I’m not good. However , I don’t suppose they’re at all times dangerous; it’s simply getting slightly extra consistency. I don’t know. Possibly — who is aware of. Preserving refereeing in our league, refereeing extra video games and never doing faculty, two totally different guidelines, I believe that helps. That’s one among them. You want cash for that, too,” she mentioned. “I’m not somebody to place blame on everybody else, to be fairly sincere. If I blame anybody, it could be myself. That’s simply how I’m. However yeah, officiating, some days are good, some days aren’t so good. It’s extra about simply being constantly good or dangerous, I don’t care.”

BOUNCE BACK

Phoenix is 4-0 in WNBA Finals video games after a loss. The staff discovered itself down 2-1 in 2007 and 2009 earlier than rallying to win the championship each years. In 2009, the Mercury received Sport 4 at Indiana. The Mercury have additionally gone 8-0 all-time since drafting Taurasi in better of three and 5 recreation sequence when the sequence was tied 1-1 after two video games.

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