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The acquisition of free-agent point guard Shannon Johnson (pictured) was supposed to provide Sue Bird occasion to let loose her scoring potential. Instead, it's had the added benefit of enhancing Bird's powers of playmaking. She leads the league in assists with 7.4 per game. That's a near one assist improvement on the career-high 6.5 apg she set in her second season, in 2003.

Next three: 6/26 vs. Los Angeles; 6/28 at Los Angeles; 7/1 at Phoenix

Text: Andrew Lawrence/SI
Photo: AP

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