Everyone is racing around Mohegan Sun Arena, putting the final touches on the WNBA’s ninth All-Star game this afternoon. Bass is booming from the group RichGirl, who’ll perform during halftime. They actually asked for the bass to be turned up, so get ready if you’re traveling here.
The players went through a dress rehearsal for the Pre-Game Challenge, which brings us to our first thing to watch this afternoon (in no particular order):
1. Storm PG Sue Bird will participate in the Three-Point Shootout. And I’ll bet that trey is nice and warm after making three in the third overtime of a win against LA on Wednesday. Bird is shooting 37.7 percent from that range this season.
2. Storm F Swin Cash will participate in the All-Star Skills Challenge. This is a variation from the past where three players are on one sort of relay team. Cash will team with Sacramento F Nicole Powell and Minnesota Lynx C Nicky Anosike.
3. It’s all about the shoes at All-Star games and Nike has busted out some cool ones. But see if you can spot the finer details. Like FOWLES written on the back of C Sylvia Fowles’ kicks and the standard Aussie flag on F Lauren Jackson’s sneakers.
4. Atlanta F Sancho Lyttle is someone to watch today and on into the remainder of the season. A first-time All-Star, she started playing basketball as a freshman in college to get scholarship money. A native of British West Indies (with a sweet accent), she has an all-around game “but I’m trying to add a consistent jump shot.”
5. President Donna Orender said she walked in to the East locker room and shouted, “Sly throw one down today,” so maybe Fowles will dunk like she did in the Euro All-Star game in Paris last winter. Fowles does have a tender knee, but it would be exciting.
BONUS: East G Katie Smith is undefeated in the All-Star game, playing for both the East and West in her career. “I’m the lucky charm,” she said. “I’m going to try to keep it going.”