Storm guard Betty Lennox missed Tuesday’s practice for personal reasons and is a game-time decision for tomorrow night’s game against Phoenix. The Storm is homing to get Lennox back for the game – if not, Coach Anne Donovan said her replacement would be a game-time decision as well. Presumably, Katie Gearlds and Tanisha Wright are the most likely options, with a chance of Shyra Ely moving into the lineup and bumping Iziane Castro Marques to shooting guard.
For Sue Bird, this is a matchup against her good friend and former UConn teammate (and current teammate with Spartak) Diana Taurasi. That’s how the Storm-Mercury clash is naturally billed, though Bird and Taurasi don’t really guard each other any more. That task falls to Iziane Castro Marques, who realizes she’s in for a challenge and just wants to make Taurasi work.
Bird and Taurasi were joined in Spartak by Lauren Jackson for the playoffs, and they’re trying to convince her to spend all of next off-season in Russia. Jackson’s in a complicated situation because the Korean WKBL will be off next winter in preparation for the 2008 Olympics, but she is under contract. Jackson could be cleared to spend the season with another team, which would allow Spartak to have her all year.