Breanna Stewart is eager for WNBA All-Star game to use as an Olympic tune-up

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Breanna Stewart is eager for WNBA All-Star game to use as an Olympic tune-up originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

The U.S. Women's National Basketball Team is going up for its fifth straight gold medal.

But as Team USA prepares for this year’s Summer Games in Tokyo, Seattle Storm forward and two-time WNBA Finals MVP, Breanna Stewart is looking forward to using Wednesday's WNBA All-Star game as a good tune-up for Olympic play.   

“We’re focusing on getting ready for the Olympics. The All-Star game is happening, but we’re Team USA and we’re playing the All-Star team and this is just another exhibition game to get ready,” Stewart said following Tuesday’s first official practice.

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USA Basketball named Stewart to her first Summer Olympics in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro after she was drafted No. 1 overall to the Seattle Storm that year.

Stewart, now being a veteran of Team USA, discussed what it’s been like watching the US Men’s Team get off to an 0-2 start in their exhibition slate.

“International basketball is nothing to overlook. These national teams are really good,” Stewart explained. “They have time together and they have chemistry together.”

But the Women’s team can also learn from the men’s squad.

We know that anytime we represent the USA, we have a target on our back. So I don’t know if it was a wake up call. I mean, we’re aware of it, I don’t know that we needed a wake up call, but we just know that anytime we step on that court – we have to take care of business.

-- Breanna Stewart

Stewart and Team USA will have three exhibition contests before preliminary play begins Sunday, July 25.