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Jayda Evans covers college and pro women's basketball. While its her first year on the Washington beat, she has covered the Storm since its inception. She'll offer observations, critiques, occasional off-beat tales and answers to select e-mail inquires. Evans also has written a book on the Storm and women's hoops, called "Game On!"

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June 21, 2008 10:17 AM

Another off day

Posted by Jayda Evans

Don't worry; the Storm's 6-0 mark when having at least two days of practice will still be intact as far as rest goes leading into Tuesday's game against Los Angeles. But the Storm is off today after defeating Indiana on Friday. They'll return to the practice court on Sunday.

Storm C Yolanda Griffith sat in her locker at KeyArena with ice around both knees and her left ankle after playing 20 minutes against the Fever. She contributed five rebounds and six points from the free throw line, but missed all three of her field goal attempts and had three turnovers. She said she's going to rest today and go from there.

F Lauren Jackson also said she's going to rest and then she'll be "fresh" for Tuesday, noting it's going to be a battle. The Sparks feature C Lisa Leslie and phenom Candace Parker, who are making me eat my own personal dish of crow by leading the Western Conference with a 8-3 record. If you recall, I wondered if the GMs were nuts for picking the Sparks in a landslide to win the WNBA title.

But, if we're being honest, my complaint was more that Leslie and Parker hadn't proven themselves (they've done enough now), especially since one is 34 and returning from a first pregnancy and the other is a rookie with a bum shoulder. And my full thought was that I think San Antonio will come out on top in the West. The Silver Stars (8-4) are on a five-game win streak, defeating LA on Friday. So, the dish is more like a Tapas.

Plus, Detroit, my early pick to win the title, is rocking. G Deanna Nolan scored 44 in an overtime win against Minnesota on Friday. The Shock (9-3) is second to Connecticut (10-3) in the East.

But let's remember Jackson and Phoenix G Diana Taurasi scored 47 points apiece in their careers. Taurasi needed three OTs in a WNBA classic win against Houston in 2006 to reach the mark while Jackson needed just one OT in a loss at Washington last season.

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