Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/17/14

BEIJING - AUGUST 11: Candace Parker #15 of the United States looks on prior to playing against China in a women's basketball preliminary game on Day 3 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the Wukesong Indoor Stadium on August 11, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
In the midst of another impressive season, former WNBA MVP Candace Parker could bring home a second piece of hardware if she can keep it up. Parker and the visiting Los Angeles Sparks aim for a third consecutive victory overall and a third straight win over the injury-plagued Phoenix Mercury on Saturday night. After uncharacteristically missing out on the playoffs last season - due in no small part to Parker's injury-shortened year - Los Angeles (9-3) is looking like a contender in 2012 thanks largely to its now-healthy star. She ranks third in the league with 19.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, and is also averaging a WNBA-leading 3.1 blocks. Parker had a huge game Wednesday in a 95-79 win over Tulsa, recording 33 points, a career-high nine blocks, eight rebounds and four assists. "I'm going to be able to go home and whip out my thumb to my husband a little bit," said Parker, married to NBA player Shelden Williams. "He prides himself on the defensive end. It's always fun to ...
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