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So, of course, the sport is there a lot even when she sleeps.She thinks the game very well; shes one of the most intelligent players Ive been around, Los Angeles coach Brian Agler said. If you think of people Id compare her with, its like Sue Bird, Katie Smith, Diana Taurasi, Candace Parker -- those guys really see the game and understand it.They see things before they happen and can analyze it from a team perspective and talk about what we need to get better. Kristi sees the game like that.Toliver, 29, has long been viewed as a shooting guard who plays the point out of necessity, but thats not a fair way to describe it. With eight years experience as a professional, Toliver has been pretty great at being a combo guard and all that entails.This year has illustrated that. During the regular season, Toliver had 122 assists -- the second-highest total of her career -- and 45 turnovers. Her turnover average of 1.3 was the lowest of her career. Efficiency was the key word for the Sparks offense, and Toliver played a huge role while averaging a team-high 32.1 minutes per game.She also shot the 3 better than ever: Toliver made a career-high 81 from long range. And her 42.4 percent from behind the arc was fourth-best in the WNBA and the fourth season in which shes shot better than 42 percent from behind the arc.As the Sparks enter Game 3 of the WNBA Finals on Friday (ESPN2, 9 p.m. ET), a lot as always will be riding on Tolivers shoulders. The Sparks will look to her to initiate offense and score herself. After Los Angeles was so thoroughly beaten on the boards in Tuesdays Game 2 loss at Minnesota, the Sparks guards will need to do more to help with rebounding, too.And everyone will be waiting for Toliver to hit 3-pointers. In her career, shes made 416 treys in the WNBA regular season, and 33 in the playoffs. Eighteen of those have come in six postseason games this year.I know thats what people expect me to do, she said. But I also use the fact that I am a shooter to my advantage as a decoy. You can use that whether youve got the ball or not.The long ball is her signature, and always has been. But we know -- weve seen for some time now -- that there is a lot more to Tolivers game.She can pretty much do everything, Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen said. She can drive, she can put it on the bounce and shoot. And if she gets hot from outside, look out. Shes a tough player who has really improved her game every year. So you just do what you can to stay on her. She makes it hard, though; shes one of the reasons theyve had such a great season.Toliver started her career with Chicago, which drafted her at No. 3 in 2009, but she and then-coach Steven Key didnt necessarily see eye-to-eye. Cheap Los Angeles Dodgers Jerseys. In 2010, the Sky traded her for a 2011 second-round pick (Angie Bjorklund, who played in just seven WNBA games). Key was gone after the 2010 season himself, but by then the damage had been done by giving Toliver away for nothing.Los Angeles has reaped the benefits. Parker, the Sparks No. 1 pick in 2008, remembers when the team told her there was a chance to get Toliver.I got excited because shes one of the best shooters in the WNBA, said Parker, the only current Sparks player whos been with Los Angeles longer than Toliver. Shes a combo guard, but shes learned to play the point-guard position: run the offense and figure out when its her time. Shes mastered that and has a good balance of getting other people involved.If you ask an expert true point guard about the different mentality between the guard positions, you have a greater appreciation for how well Toliver has done dual duty.When Im the point guard and Im dribbling down the court, Im calling a play, and trying to get my teammates in place, Seattles Sue Bird said. Youre looking to set things up. When I do play shooting guard, though, immediately in my head, the first thing when I touch the ball is, I get to try to score.So I think when you are naturally a shooting guard, and you get put at the point spot, its a little uncomfortable. When youre trying to find that natural balance, its hard for some players.Over the years, someone who is as natural a shooter as Toliver has struggled at times with the balance. But shes spent many years to refine all the skills she needs for both jobs.Kristi, when she can put the ball on the floor and create a little distance to get her shots off, shes probably at her greatest strength, Agler said. But she has really worked to evolve her game so she could be an effective point guard; her assist-to-turnover ratio this year was really good.Toliver said after this long in the league, she is relishing a chance to play in the WNBA Finals for the first time and is suitably dialed in. Shes averaged 14.3 points in this postseason, including 19 in the Sparks Game 1 victory over Minnesota.I dont think Ive ever been so focused, Toliver said of the 2016 playoffs. I know that everyone is just willing to do anything. Watching the extra film, doing your homework. Knowing its going to take everything we have.And basketball does seep into her subconscious. Toliver said she does plenty of shooting in dreamland. The most famous 3-pointer of her career, which tied Duke late in the 2006 national championship game and paved the way for Marylands overtime victory, sometimes even replays in her mind.Does she ever miss in her dreams? Toliver gives you a perish-the-thought look and smiles.Oh, no, she said. It always goes in. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys AuthenticWholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '