August 13, 2014 Louisville, KY.
An Interesting Conclusion to The WNBA Season
While WNBA teams the Atlanta Dream, the Phoenix Mercury, and Minnesota Lynx have all clinched their way into the WNBA playoffs, there are still many teams who have yet to clinch playoff berths. The standings are very close, especially in the Eastern conference where 4 teams are currently in the playoff hunt. Each WNBA team currently has either two or three games remaining on their WNBA schedules.
The Washington Mystics are currently in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference standings. The Mystics have a record of 15-16 and have three games remaining on their schedule. Wednesday they will face Elena Delle Donne and the Chicago Sky, who currently are in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference standings. The Mysitcs also have a game against the Connecticut Sun and will close out the season against the New York Liberty on Saturday.
The Chicago Sky, who have played a lot of games without their star in Delle Donne, are currently sitting at 3rd place in the Eastern Conference. The Sky have been led by rookie Jamierra Faulkner, who has emerged as a great point guard, as well as All-Star Jessica Breland. The Sky currently have a record of 14-17, with games against the Indiana Fever and San Antonio Stars also.
The Indiana Fever are currently sitting at 4th place in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 14-17. All-Star Tamika Catchings has played well since her return from an injury earlier in the season. The Fever have two games against the New York Liberty, in addition to the game with the Chicago Sky. Coach Lin Dunn will look to get the Fever to the playoffs in her last season of coaching in the WNBA.
Lastly the New York Liberty are currently in 5th place in the Eastern Conference and have a record of 13-18. The Liberty are led by All-Star Tina Charles, who has averaged nearly 18 points and 10 rebounds per game this season. They have two games left in the WNBA regular season against the Indiana Fever and they must win both in order to advance to the WNBA playoffs.
The West doesnt seem to be as complex as the East, the Los Angeles Sparks and San Antonio Stars look to be the 3rd and 4th seeds in the Western Conference standings. The Sparks led by All-Stars Nneka Ogwumike and Candace Parker, have the 3rd best record in the west at 15-17. The Sparks clinched their way into the WNBA playoffs after a win against the Minnesota Lynx Tuesday night. The San Antonio Stars, led by Becky Hammon, have the 4th best record in the west at 14-18. The only way things would get interesting is if either of the Stars lost their remaining games and the Tulsa Shock or Seattle Storm win out.
This last week of WNBA regular season basketball should be very interesting and the atmosphere for these games should be playoff like. There will definitely be some playoff spots clinched by Sunday, as those games are the last of the WNBA schedule. With the playoffs near it is time for the stars of the league to shine.