A true friend would have never posted these pics. Despite enormous effort from her in the series, they lost 72—75 in Game 1 and 93—68 in Game 2 to the eventual champions the Phoenix Mercury, marking the second consecutive year the Mercury knocked the Sparks out of the playoffs in the semi-final round. Before the game, the team said they were playing at least in part for her. In her high school, she focused on playing basketball. We both play basketball as our chosen profession so sacrifice is something we do on a daily basis and it has brought us closer together. Parker, who was named Finals MVP led the Sparks with 28 points and 12 rebounds in what was an incredibly physical match-up. Regardless of whether she plays basketball or not, I want her to grow up and be a strong, educated, kind, giving, and confident African-American woman.