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Preview: Los Angeles Sparks vs Chicago Sky

The Chicago Sky begin their title defense on Friday evening against Candace Parker’s former team, the Los Angeles Sparks.

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It is finally here, the WNBA season has officially arrived. Happy holidays to those who celebrate.

The Chicago Sky season opener has been lingering in the back of everyone’s minds all offseason. The Candace Parker revenge game is finally here.

The Sky host the Los Angeles Sparks at home on Friday evening, which will be Parker’s first game against her former team. Last season, an ankle injury sidelined Parker for all three games against the Sparks.

The Naperville native spent 13 seasons with the Sparks before signing with Chicago in 2022. During that stretch, she averaged 16.9 points on 48.2% shooting, 8.6 rebounds, and 3.9 assists. During her time in LA, she picked up a lot of hardware as well. She led the Sparks to a championship in 2016, won two MVP awards, won defensive player of the year in 2020, and was named rookie of the year in 2008.

A New Look Sparks Team

Entering her second season in Chicago, Parker and the Sky will start their title defense against the Sparks on Friday.

However, this is not the same Sparks team Parker left in 2020. Coach and general manager Derek Fisher had a successful offseason by acquiring Liz Cambage and Chelsea Gray. Those two, alongside Sparks’ star Nneka Ogwumike, gives them a whole new look.

Last season, without Parker, the Sparks missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011, the year before Ogwumike was drafted with the first overall pick.

As we look towards Friday evening, head coach and general manager James Wade announced Thursday that Allie Quigley is ruled out for the season opener. Quigley said there isn’t anything specific keeping her out of Friday’s game, just a lack of feeling 100%.

She expects to be ready by game three, as the Sky head to Minnesota to take on the Lynx on May 14.

How to Watch

Tonight’s matchup between the Sparks and Sky is at 7:00 p.m. CDT, on NBA TV and Marquee Sports Network.

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