Week 3 Recap: Los Angeles Sparks

The Los Angeles Sparks are currently 4-1 after week 3. Candace Parker is back from injury, and Jantel Lavender returns from overseas play.

The Los Angeles Sparks are currently 4-1 on the season, with their only loss coming against the young Connecticut Sun. So far the Sparks’ schedule has been fairly light. They’ve played two games over a stretch of eight days, winning both.

The Sparks had an impressive 80-70 win over the Phoenix Mercury on May 27. Scoring 50 points in the first half of play, they were able to hold off the surging Mercury. The Sparks were led by veterans Chelsea Gray and Nneka Ogwumike, who combined for 41 points. They also received some help off the bench from point-forward Candace Parker, who was returning from a minor back injury.

One week later, the Sparks were able to fight off a familiar foe in the Minnesota Lynx with a 77-69 win; they lead the season series 2-0. Now that the Sparks have last year’s team back together, expect them to keep rolling. Jantel Lavender returned to the team from overseas play and was 1-1 from the floor in a little under three minutes of play. She'll play a vital supporting and bench role throughout the season. 

Coming up: Los Angeles is in a middle of a five-game homestand. They will play the red-hot Seattle Storm, followed by the Chicago Sky and the Atlanta Dream before heading back on the road against the Washington Mystics on June 15.

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