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US Olympic group expects aggressive recreation vs WNBA All-Stars

Each the U.S. Olympic group and the WNBA All-Stars count on a aggressive recreation within the league’s showcase Wednesday.

Often there may be not a lot protection performed in All-Star video games till the fourth quarter, however this one may very well be totally different with the Olympians having restricted time to prepare for the Tokyo Video games.

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“It’s not a lot an All-Star recreation for us, however a preparation recreation for the Olympics,” stated Breanna Stewart. “Will probably be much more aggressive as a result of we’re really going to play … earlier than it’s a been slightly little bit of a large number.”

The previous seven WNBA All-Star video games have been determined by single digits, together with the one in 2019 that was a three-point contest.

It is the primary time since 2000 the WNBA has held the All-Star recreation throughout an Olympic 12 months.

“It is a good way for the USA group to prepare,” stated five-time Olympian and 12-time All-Star Sue Hen. “Nice technique to put together for us. nice technique to showcase the highest expertise. The nationwide group is 12 of the highest gamers and so is the WNBA facet of it. Twenty-four of the highest gamers going on the market, … All in all we’re making an attempt to placed on a great present.”

Diana Taurasi, who may even be taking part in in her fifth Olympics, stated she most definitely will not play within the recreation as she’s recovering from a hip pointer. She missed the Mercury’s final three video games due to it.

“My purpose is to be prepared for the Olympics,” Taurasi stated. “Preparation is vital. So at this level in my profession, I feel being prepared for Tokyo is what’s greatest for our group and me. So I’m taking it day-to-day. I’m getting higher, and I’ll be nice as soon as the true video games begin.”

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BY THE NUMBERS

There shall be eight first-time All-Stars within the recreation whereas Sue Hen shall be taking part in in a WNBA-record twelfth. … The Las Vegas Aces have probably the most All-Star picks with 4 gamers (Liz Cambage, A’ja Wilson, Dearica Hamby and Chelsea Grey).

TRASH TALKING

With so many WNBA teammates on totally different groups within the recreation Wednesday there was some playful banter backwards and forwards between them.

Dearica Hamby stated she wished to get a steal off Chelsea Grey. Grey’s former teammate Candace Parker stated she wished to again down the purpose guard within the put up.

The very best trash-talking was between Dallas Wings ahead Satou Sabally and her teammate Arike Ogunbowale, who requested whether or not she’d dunk on Brittney Griner within the recreation. Sabally answered “yep.” Griner laughed it off when she heard the feedback later when talking wit the media. The 6-foot-8 Mercury star was reminded by teammate Skylar Diggins that she’s been there and finished that, having dunked in Dallas earlier this 12 months.

3-POINT SHOOTOUT

Chicago Sky guard Allie Quigley will attempt for her third 3-point shootout title at halftime of Wednesday night time’s All-Star recreation. She gained the occasion in 2017 and 2018. Different opponents within the subject: Jewell Loyd (Seattle), Sami Whitcomb (New York) and Jonquel Jones (Connecticut).

“It’s the Allie Quigley Invitational,” Parker stated laughing.

The occasion will characteristic 5 racks of balls with one spot being price two factors for every shot made. There is also a brand new gimmick this 12 months with two photographs from means behind the arc price three factors every if they’re made.

HONORING THE PAST:

The WNBA will honor the 1996 U.S. Olympic group that began off the run of six consecutive gold medals that the People have gained. Lisa Leslie, who helped win the primary 4 golds, will co-coach the WNBA group with Tina Thompson. Daybreak Staley who was on the 1996 group with Leslie, is the U.S. Olympic coach.

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