LJ Healthy for WNBA Play-offs For First Time in Years

LJ Healthy for WNBA Play-offs For First Time in Years

For the first time since 2007, Lauren Jackson is heading into the WNBA play-offs healthy. The Seattle Storm finished the regular season tied for the most wins in WNBA history having posted a record of 28-6, as the Storm’s play-off campaign kicks off tonight against nemesis the Los Angeles Sparks.

It is the sparks who also had 28 wins back in 2000 and 2001, but they posted only four losses in shorter seasons. But the Storm have one up on the Sparks, going undefeated at home this year, the only team to do that in WNBA history.

But there is one stat that Seattle are looking to rectify and that is their record of first-round play-off losses against the Sparks.  

Two years ago the Sparks knocked Seattle out in the first round in three games and then did the same again last year. But in both occasions Jackson was out injured. She had necessary ankle surgery in 2008 following the Olympics Games and then last year it was back problems.
Having Jackson healthy is a huge boost to Seattle’s chances.

Talking to USA Today, Jackson commented on the team’s current energy slump, as they have been less than convincing in the tail end of the season.

"We have definitely relaxed a little bit as much as you don't want to," said Jackson, who again posted MVP-like numbers, averaging 20.5 points and 8 rebounds during the regular season. "It frustrates you. We've performed all year. It wasn't a fluke that we won as many games as we did. We have to get back at it and play the game and play it the way we know how."

Favourite to take out this year’s League MVP, Jackson is looking ahead at a big month as her Opals teammates are waiting for her to join the squad before the World Championships in Czech Republic. Having achieved so much already in the WNBA, she will be hoping to join the Australian squad with a championship.