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Ray Floriani

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Nadirah McKenith on new role with the Lynx

After spending her rookie year with the Washington Mystics, Nadirah McKenith is transitioning into a new role with the Minnesota Lynx. Swish Appeal interviewed her about her new role and learning from one of the game's all-time great point guards.

Preview: N.Y. takes its winning streak on the road

The New York Liberty are starting to find some confidence after winning three games in a row. Tonight, they try to win four in a row with a win in San Antonio.

NYL rebounding key to extending streak

The New York Liberty have won three games in a row for the first time since September 2012. The numbers show that rebounding was a significant factor.

Video: Charles' dominant game against the Lynx

Video above of highlights from Tina Charles' career-high 32 point performance in the New York Liberty's win over the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday.

Liberty-Lynx early possessions

New York City - The 'Minnesota Lynx enter MSG with a 13-5 mark. New York is 6-11. Both have won three of their last four while the LIberty have two straight and are at home to make things...

How Pondexter bounced back after scoreless game

The New York Liberty host the Tulsa Shock tonight after a gratifying win against the Connecticut Sun on Sunday. With a win tonight, the Liberty would have their first consecutive wins of 2014.

Stats breakdown for Liberty's win against Sun

After a poor performance on Friday, Cappie Pondexter bounced back to lead New York to a victory on Sunday.

The Liberty's defensive struggles against the Sun

After losing a home-and-home set to the Sun this past weekend, the Liberty face the Sky in Chicago for a matinee game today. Although the Liberty have been plagued by a number of problems, defense was a significant issue for Bill Laimbeer.

Liberty searching for leadership, chemistry

The New York Liberty are a talented team on paper, but coach Bill Laimbeer says the team lacks the leadership and chemistry to win consistently.

Offensive consistency continues to elude New York

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After seemingly making productive changes, the Liberty still have problems to address.

The Liberty's offensive adjustments paid off

The New York Liberty face the Tulsa Shock today after ending a three game losing streak on Sunday. An offensive adjustment designed to help their guards was part of what made the difference.

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Mystics invade the Garden

New York City - Attempting to snap a three game slide, the New York Liberty host the Washington Mystics. Entering the afternoon contest at Madison Square Garden the Mystics strength is defense....

Q&A with Kayla McBride: The rookie year adjustment

Swish Appeal caught up with rookie Kayla McBride to discuss the adjustment to the WNBA and her career at Notre Dame.

No easy games in sight for New York

The New York Liberty suffered a disappointing loss to the San Antonio Stars on Thursday. Coach Bill Laimbeer was more perplexed than angry.

Early observations from NYL-SAS

Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer spent a good part of pre-game warmups passing to Tina Charles on the blocks.

Liberty look to build on solid defensive effort

After an impressive defensive performance on Tuesday night against the Storm, the Liberty head out on the road this weekend looking to continue improving.

Liberty's defense key to beating Storm

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The Liberty almost dropped a home game against the Storm on Tuesday, but an impressive defensive performance earned them a victory.

Efficiency statistics are tough on guards

New York City - The knock on NBA/WNBA efficiency is that its unforgiving to backcourt players. Up front the theory is, and often stands, players can accumulate efficiency points on rebounds...

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Efficiency grades are in: Backs to the wall edition

It is now do or die. By virtue of a 102-96 loss to the Heat at Barclays Center, the Nets trail 3-1 in the series. The Brooklyn starting five efficiency. Efficiency P...

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Nets 104 Miami 90: The efficiency grades are in

We have a series. The Nets ‘held serve’ to borrow tennis vernacular with a 104-90 victory over the Heat Saturday at Barclays Center. The Net starting five efficiency. Efficiency ...

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Heat 94 Nets 82: Game two efficiency (and lack of)

The grades for the Nets starters in game two of the series. Efficiency Livingston 17 Johnson 13 Garnett 13 Pierce 11 W...

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NIT: A final word, or two

NEW YORK CITY- The recently completed National Invitation Tournament is now more along the lines of history. That’s fine as yours truly wrote a book on NIT history (Arcadia Publishers, 2006). The...

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Minnesota 65 SMU 63: NIT Champions

New York City - Minnesota is the champion of the NIT. The Gophers edged SMU by virtue of a late game comeback. In over 90 , say 95 per cent of the time, the team 'winning' efficiency wins the game....

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Minnesota 30 SMU 27 at the half

New York City- The Gophers took a one possession lead into the break. The efficiency numbers saw 29 possessions for Minnesota, 28 for SMU at what is a pedestrian pace with a number of trips on both...

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NIT Final: Minnesota- SMU the first five possessions

New York City- A possession by possession look at the vital 'first four minutes'. Coaches see that juncture as important to getting a good start and building from there. 'Wining' the first four...

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Pre-game NIT numbers

New York City - A few tempo free numbers on the Seminoles . Looking at conference competition, where the most consistently demanding games are played. Florida State averaged a pedestrian 63...

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UCONN 60 Michigan State 54: The Four Factors

NEW YORK CITY- UCONN is headed to the Final Four. The Huskies punched their ticket by virtue of a thrilling 60-54 victory over Michigan State at Madison Square Garden. The Four Factors: ...

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UCONN - Michigan State from the Garden

New York City - in the course of tempo free and possession breakdowns, it has been said by many coaches the first four minutes of each half are vital. The first half saw UCONN get out to an 8-2...

Seton Hall coming together as a team

Aside from surviving and advancing in the WNIT, Seton Hall coach Tony Bozzella is proud that the team has bought in to what it takes to play winning basketball.

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