Storm headed to Hollywood to face Sparks

 

By Jameelah Johnson

Nneka Ogwumike has guided the Sparks to a 4-1 record, despite Candace Parker missing time this season because of injury.

The Storm are off to a surprising 5-2 start thanks to the play of Breanna Stewart.

The two star forwards have been dominant and their battle will be an obvious one to keep an eye on when the Storm visit the Staples Center to take on the Sparks tonight at 10:30 ET on ESPN2.

Ogwumike leads the Sparks in points, rebounds and steals per game. Stewart leads the Storm in points, rebounds and blocks per game.

Parker sat out for the first three games but her 19-point, 10-rebound game against the Lynx rang reminiscent of the familiar one-two punch the Sparks are used to. With her back into the rotation, Seattle will have a difficult assignment.

The high-scoring Storm average over 90 points per game. One of Seattle’s strengths is its perimeter. Sue Bird missed the Storm's last game against the Wings due to rest, so her return to the starting lineup will help. Jordin Canada is greatly needed for the second unit.

Both of these teams have similar strengths, but Seattle will definitely benefit in forcing the Sparks to find their points outside of the paint, particularly from three-point range. Los Angeles is shooting just under 20 percent from deep. Seattle must also keep an eye on Chelsea Gray, the not-so-silent guard who is averaging close to 18 points per game along with seven assists and is known to knock down a clutch shot or two.

This will definitely be a fun matchup of two top teams.