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Rested Sparks face Chicago in WNBA semifinals

Rested Sparks face Chicago in WNBA semifinals

When the Sparks take the court Wednesday to start their playoffs, it will be 12 days since they last played a game.

The Sparks finished with the second-best regular season record in the WNBA, at 26-8, which netted them a double-bye to the semifinals of the playoffs.

Well rested, the Sparks will square off against the Chicago Sky at 7 p.m. the Pyramid at Long Beach State (TV: ESPN2) in the opener of a five-game series.

The fourth-seeded Sky beat the Atlanta Dream on Sunday to advance to the semis.

The last time the Sparks took time off was for the WNBA’s monthlong break for the Summer Olympics in Rio. The Sparks were 21-3 before the break, then lost two...