Super Sparks down depleted Detroit

Updated: June 6, 2009, 11:15 PM ET
By Mechelle Voepel
Los Angeles pounded a depleted Detroit team 78-58 on Saturday in the WNBA's opening game. They meet again, this time in Detroit, on Monday.

And that will be that for the Sparks-Shock rivalry in 2009, unless the two meet in the WNBA Finals. What we saw Saturday in L.A. would suggest the Sparks have a very strong possibility of making it that far … but there has to be some healing, among other things, for the Shock.