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Chicago Sky continue upswing in Candace Parker’s return


The Chicago Sky’s turnaround is in full swing.

Since Candace Parker returned from injury, the Sky have gone on a four-game win streak and are now 5-0 with their star healthy. Without her, they lost seven of eight.

Perhaps most telling is that their fifth win with Parker on the floor came against the Connecticut Sun, currently third in the league standings.

The numbers give a little more insight into Parker’s impact. In eight games without her, the Sky scored 613 points to their opponents’ 647, a point differential of 34.

In her four games back, Parker has averaged 12.5 points per game, more than enough to make up that difference. That included hitting a 3-pointer with less than three minutes to go in Thursday night’s game to give the Sky a 14-point lead over the Sun.

Add in Parker’s first game before the injury and she’s averaged 13.2 points in five games this season. She’s also averaging 8.5 rebounds and four assists in her four games back, providing an extra offensive boost.

Parker’s veteran leadership is another benefit to the Sky. At halftime against the Sun, Chicago was down by five. Donning their Rebel Edition jerseys, they came back to win 81-75 and improve to 6-7.

“Sometimes you’re going to have games where you just have to grind it out,” Parker said afterward. “The teams that can find ways to win these types of games are going to be successful.”

Having Kahleah Copper and Courtney Vandersloot certainly helps, but Parker appears to be the glue holding the Sky together.