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That they struggled to beat a short-handed Los Angeles squad at Key Arena last Friday, then suffered a blowout loss two days later at Staples Center does not reflect well on the Storm. If anything, it reveals just how hopelessly dependent they are on Lauren Jackson (pictured). That the Sparks were able to hold the two-time MVP to nine points on just 10 shots with their own long-limbed league MVPs Lisa Leslie or Candace Parker on the bench suggests there might be some chinks in the venerable Aussie's armor.

Next three: 7/1 at Phoenix; 7/7 vs. San Antonio; 7/9 vs. Sacramento

Text: Andrew Lawrence
Photo: AP

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