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Opals in camp, #1 Boomer in town

THE Australian Opals national women's team has gone into camp on the Gold Coast ahead of the FIBA World Cup later this month and Patty Mills, the architect of the Boomers' Bronze Medal success opens his "UNEARTHED" tour tonight. The bad news? Steph Talbot and Ezi Magbegor are still playing WNBA semi finals. 

In Game 3 of their best-of-five semi final series, their Seattle Storm slipped behind the higher-ranked Las Vegas Aces 1-2 today, beaten 110-98. But it took overtime for the Aces to do it and they only used seven players to achieve that win.

A'ja Wilson delivered 34 points at 70 per cent for Las Vegas ... but played every one of the 45 minutes it took for the Aces to break the regulation 92-92 deadlock and achieve victory in the extension.

Wilson appeared to get away with an extra step on her layup with 2.9 seconds left in regulation which gave the Aces a 90-89 lead.

Sue Bird then quickly topped that with a corner 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds remaining, Seattle ahead 92-90.

Any Storm celebrations in front of a loud and raucous home crowd were short-lived though as WNBA Coach of the Year Becky Hammon drew up another clutch play, this time for 2022 Perth Lynx WNBL import Jackie Young.

She tied the game at 92-92 with a buzzer-beating layup, creating the overtime scenario.

Looking ahead to Game 4, Seattle spread the minutes far more judiciously, with nine players contributing on the hardwood and six of them scoring in double figures.

Those included Opals and Tokyo Olympians Talbot (12 points on 57 per cent shooting with 3-of-4 threes, four boards and two assists in 21 minutes) and Magbegor (10 points on 4-of-4 shooting, 3 rebounds, an assist and two blocks in 18 minutes).

But there is nothing between these two teams and the deeper Seattle goes into these playoffs, the longer before its Opals duo can get home to prepare for the World Cup.

MEANWHILE in Brisbane tonight, Patty Mills' "UNEARTHED" tour starts with the first of four speaking engagements.

"Speaking My Language" is Patty in his own words, speaking from the heart as he shares his experiences, lessons, reflections and truths to audiences.

This is the man who spearheaded Australia to Bronze at the Tokyo Olympics last year and drove the cultural experience for the Boomers' many new faces.

After tonight's Brisbane experience from 7pm at Fortitude Music Hall, Patty's "Speaking My Language" can also be seen in Sydney on Sunday, September 11, Perth on Saturday, September 17 and Melbourne on Tuesday, September 20.

He also will be conducting a number of coaching camps during his time at home in Australia, before the 2022-23 NBA season with Brooklyn Nets.

For further details of events on the tour, hit this link for access.

Sep 5

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