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September 6, 2013

Shock coming down home stretch

A chance at the postseason has come and gone for the Tulsa Shock. Sitting at 10-20 with four games left, the Shock has to look toward 2014 for potential playoff glory.

But Tulsa can still play a menacing role with a couple of games left, Shock coach Gary Kloppenburg said following Tulsa's practice at Sequoyah High School earlier this week.

"With a young team, we just want to take the approach of, 'hey, this is our playoff time,'" Kloppenburg said. "We want to win all of our games, and maybe we can hurt some other teams' chances of making the playoffs, just like we did against New York (on Sept. 1)."

Knowing that a chance at the WNBA title has waved goodbye, that could have been crushing to the Shock. But Kloppenburg said his team has been resilient.

"All in all, I think the ladies are playing extremely hard," he said. "I think they want to win, no matter what the situation is."

Tulsa will play out the string of regular season games without leading scorer Elizabeth Cambage, who departed for Australia earlier this week to rest her ailing ankle. The scoring load will be left for Glory Johnson (15.2 points per game), Riquna Williams (14.2) and Candice Wiggins (10.2).

The Shock hosts Los Angeles tonight at the BOK Center. Then Tulsa will head to San Antonio for a game on Sunday, and a home-and-home series with Seattle will close out the regular season.

As for his offseason plans, Kloppenburg said he doesn't have too much planned, other than some relaxation before the season gears up again.

"Usually it slows down for a couple of months," Kloppenburg said. "Then we'll get out and start doing some scouting and try to prepare for the following year."

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Ben Johnson has been the sports editor at the Tahlequah Daily Press since 2009. He's a Broken Arrow native and a graduate of Oklahoma State University. He's also an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs.

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