While the WNBA’s opening night tips off between the Liberty and the Fever at 7:00 pm EST, the Phoenix Mercury is set to be the third game of the night, facing off against the Minnesota Lynx, both teams being former WNBA Champions.
Who should you be looking out for?
Three Big Names
The Canadian player was traded to the Mercury in the offseason in a three-team deal that involved former DPOY Natasha Howard going to the Liberty. Nurse was drafted by the Liberty three years ago but is certainly ready to start a new journey in Phoenix. In their scrimmage against the defending champs Seattle Storm, Nurse put up twenty-six points on a dozen shots, making six of her nine three-point attempts. If her shooting can get hot like this consistently, it will greatly help their offence.
Kia Nurse in 25 minutes today:— Phoenix Mercury (@PhoenixMercury) May 10, 2021
🔥 26 PTS
🔥 6-9 3FG
🔥 4 REB
🔥 3 AST pic.twitter.com/3QGAYJq8Uz
Arguably one of the greatest in league history, the 38-year-old veteran is back and as eager as ever. She has confidence that as long as this squad puts in the work, they can do something special this summer.
Preview of Year 17 🐐 pic.twitter.com/M40iIHszED— Phoenix Mercury (@PhoenixMercury) May 13, 2021
Skylar Diggins-Smith proved to be a good fit with the team last year, and with the addition of Kia Nurse to add more depth to this roster, the Phoenix Mercury are looking like a solid team. Along with the super core of these three and Brittney Griner, the Mercury are definitely aspiring to win a championship this year.
“Just between Nurse, Taurasi (9x), Diggins-Smith (4x) and Brittney Griner (6x), the Mercury have a combined 20 All-Star appearances.” per NBA.com
This is a star-studded team, and you can find their TV schedule here.
(photo credit: Twitter/PhoenixMercury)