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WNBA Playoffs: Candace Parker late-game benching leads her furious in Sparks elimination game

The Los Angeles Sparks had another disappointing postseason run on Sunday after the club was swept by the Connecticut Suns in a 78-56 Game 3 elimination loss. With the Sparks in need of all the help they can get, LA had to do so without their two-time league MVP and 2016 WNBA champion, Candace Parker.

With her team trailing by 14 points late in the third quarter, Parker, 33, was benched by head coach Derek Fisher despite the game still in reach. With Parker benched in the second half, the odd move may cause the conversation for a change in the offseason.

“I’m physically, mentally… everything’s fine,” Parker said after the game. “There’s nothing wrong with me.” When asked if she was surprised she didn’t play more, Parker responded, “That ’s for Fish.”

In the loss, Parker finished the game with four points on 2-for-6 shooting from the field with three rebounds and two assists. The five-time WNBA All-Star ended the year averaging 17.9 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 1.0 block across 31 games.

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