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CJ McCollum accepts Steve Nash, Sue Bird’s #stayinthegame challenge

CJ McCollum accepts Steve Nash, Sue Bird’s #stayinthegame challenge

The indoors won’t stop athletes from working on their craft.

We’ve all been encouraged to pursue social distancing and staying inside to help flatten the curve amid the COVID-19 pandemic. There are only so many shows to watch, Netflix streaming parties, video games and other indoor activities that people can handle. But, in times like this, it’s time to get creative.

Seattle Storm All-Star point guard Sue Bird partnered with Home Court AI, an app for your iPhone or iPad.

HomeCourt uses just your iPhone or iPad to capture and analyze how you play—from your shots, to your dribbling, to your movements. Integrating NBA-backed instruction with engaging, guided workouts powered by AI, you’ll learn new skills in a way that feels less like training and more like a video game. HomeCourt captures all your activity and provides a complete picture of how you’re improving over time. You can share your skills within your community or even with the NBA through NBA Global Scout.

Safe to say, the 39-year-old, 16-year and 3x WNBA champion Sue Bird still got handles. 

In the post, Bird nominated 8x NBA All Star and 2x MVP Steve Nash and his wife Lilla to beat her score. 

Challenge accepted.

Then Nash nominated Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum.

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Like the others, McCollum is passing along the challenge to fellow NBA players JJ Redick and teammate Gary Trent Jr. along with his co-host of the Pull Up Pod Jordan Schultz and Nish Walsh.

This is a great way of practicing social distancing while still communicating with one another and remaining sharp on your skills.

‘I’m a lifer’: Sue Bird announces she will return to Seattle Storm for 19th season

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‘I’m a lifer’: Sue Bird announces she will return to Seattle Storm for 19th season

The Bird is back.

In a video via the Seattle Storm on Tuesday, three-time WNBA champion Sue Bird announced she has re-signed with the team and will take the court for a 19th season.

“It’s no secret how I feel about the city of Seattle and the Storm franchise. I’m a lifer and to be able to re-sign is extremely exciting,” Bird said in a statement via the Storm. “I’m looking forward to getting back on the court with my teammates, and playing in front of our amazing fans.”

Bird, who holds the franchise record for points, assists, field goals and steals, missed all of the 2018 season after undergoing knee surgery. The 39-year-old’s last appearance on the court was when Seattle won its third WNBA title.

In addition to her three championships, Bird has also earned four Olympic gold medals, four FIBA World Cup gold medals and one bronze as a member of the USA Women’s National Team.

The Storm will also return 2018 league MVP Breanna Stewart, who missed last season with a ruptured right Achilles. The Storm went 18-16 last season with both stars’ sidelined.

Seattle opens the 2020 WNBA season against Dallas on May 15.

Storm take a 2-0 series lead in WNBA semifinals

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Storm take a 2-0 series lead in WNBA semifinals

It took overtime, but Sue Bird and the Seattle Storm took down the Phoenix Mercury on Tuesday, 91-87, to take a commanding 2-0 series lead in the WNBA Semifinals.

Seattle led by as many as 17-points before the Mercury clawed back. Diana Taurisi hit a fade-away three from the corner with 3.6 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 79, but Seattle would regain composure in overtime to walk away with the victory. 

Breanna Stewart led the Storm with 27 points, while Sue Bird chipped in 19 points and six assists. (FULL BOX SCORE)

The series now shifts to Phoenix where it is do or die for the Mercury. The WNBA Semifinals are a best of five series, so the Strom just need one win to advance.

Game Three is scheduled for Friday at Talking Stick Resort Arena, tipoff is set for 7:00 pm. You can watch all the action live on ESPNews & NBA TV.