Monday, April 5, 2010

Outdoor Classic II: Sparks, Storm to "Play Outside" on June 5th

Maybe Phoenix vs. Indiana in 2011?

From the Associated Press via USS Today:

The Los Angeles Sparks will host the Seattle Storm in the WNBA's second outdoor game.

The Sparks said on Monday that the night game on June 5 will be played in the Home Depot Center's tennis stadium, which has a capacity of 8,000.

Before we begin open celebration of Outdoor Classic II, let's review Outdoor Classic I, which took place two years ago in July 2008 when the New York Liberty hosted the Indiana Fever at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, NY. Even though the court was the same, the conditions were very different - 90 degree weather in a stadium whose sightlines were built for tennis.

And we didn't exactly see the greatest basketball game in the world. The Liberty shot 28 percent from the field and were held to eight first-quarter points. They were held to seven third-quarter points. Both teams had over 20 turnovers and it was probably of one of the worst games played that year.

Shameka Christon shot 2-for-13. Janel McCarville shot 3-for-10. Tiffany Jackson led the Liberty with six rebounds. Indiana was shooting well from behind the arc, but 3-points don't bring people back.

I'm hoping that Outdoor Classic II is better than Outdoor Classic I. And if it threatens not to be, I hope it rains.

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