The Chicago Sky and Washington Mystics have everything to play for at 3pm ET on Sunday as the Mystics fight for their playoffs and the Sky wants to end the season on a high note.
The Mystics have experienced an up and down season and are still concerned about Elena Della Donne. She missed Friday night’s game against the Dream and missed five games in a row. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. The Mystics are currently 11-18 and hang on for only half a game to the eighth seed.
The Mystics are still in control of their own destiny. As long as they keep winning, they make the playoffs. However, it will not be easy, as they play the Sky star list on Sunday. But while Tina Charles is taking the lead, the Mystics need to feel good about their chances.
The Sky is just a lock to stay at the sixth seed, but it’s still an important match to win. The Sky has had a turbulent year and is finally healthy for the first time in a while. They have no injuries to report, which is good news for Skytown. Can they pick up this health and put together some wins to end the season strong?
The next game on Sunday is a repeat of Friday night’s game, where the Minnesota Lynx blew out the Indiana Fever 89-72. These two teams are experiencing opposite seasons, as the fever has only yielded six wins in a season they will soon forget while the Lynx are leading 19-10, with opportunities to end the season as high as the second seeded.
For the Fever, the rest of the season is about ending the positives they can. Whether it’s a series of matches, to find out who should be part of the team’s rebuilding, or to give other players a longer look. Kelsey Mitchell was a bright spot amid the darkness, averaging 16.7 points per game. The Fever will need a big game from her if they are to secure their seventh win of the year.
The Lynx has everything right. They have won seven of their last ten and have been selected only half a game out of the third. Winning will not be easy as it is difficult to beat any team in rugby matches. We’ll see if Minnesota can get another great performance from Aerial Powers. She was spectacular in Friday’s win, scoring 20 points in 20 minutes.
The final game of the weekend is an interesting West Coast game with the Seattle Storm facing the Los Angeles Sparks. The Storm are trying to maintain their playoff position and the Sparks are trying to earn a spot.
The Storm is at a crossroads. Despite their impressive 20-10 record, they have been mediocre since the Olympic break. They are 5-5 in their last ten games and have just received the bad news that Breanna Stewart will miss the rest of the regular season. Can the Storm still achieve their goals without Stewie? Will they fall on the standings with the Lynx, just half a game behind? They will have to keep winning if they want to earn at least a round of bees.
Despite Stewart’s loss, the Storm is still stacked. They will continue to get elite waiting from Sue Bird and Jewell Loyd, and maybe Katie Lou Samuelson can repeat the performance she had against the Mystics, where she scored 13 points? Defense must also remain consistent for the Storm; they kept their last five opponents to an average of 80 points per game.
The Sparks are playing their worst basketball of the year because they are struggling to do anything offensive and have lost six in a row. They have little bank production and are struggling to find success in the post-Candace Parker era. The road to victory seems difficult, but the Sparks can win if they dominate the boards, eliminate turnover and find someone other than Nia Coffey to get off the bench.
One player the Sparks are hoping to get back is Chiney Ogwumike, who left their last game early and is doubtful for the game Sunday night. Having a player like C. Ogwumike available will be a big boost in the last home game of the Sparks of the season.
Chicago Sky (15-14) vs. Washington Mystics (11-18)
When: Sunday 12 September at 15:00 ET
Where: Wintrust Arena in Chicago, IL
How to watch: ABC
Key to matching: The Mystics must control the boards and get enough offensive production to win on the road in Chicago. The Sky will feel like they have the advantage with their home crowd and an early Sunday game. The Sky needs to reduce turnover and benefit from their team that is ultimately healthy.
Mystics Injury Report: Myisha Hines (out; illness), Elena Della Donne (out; back), Erica McCall (probably)
Air Injury Report: No
Minnesota Lynx (19-10) vs. Indiana Fever (6-22)
When: Sunday, 12 September at 19:00 ET
Where: Target Center in Minnesota, MN
How to watch: NBA TV
Key to matching: The Fever is looking for any positive takeaways to do in the rest of the season. If the fever wants to win, they must try to contain the greatness of the Lynx and prevent them from dominating the game. The Lynx should just try to repeat their last win against the Fever, where they won by 17 points. They were offensively dominant with four players in double figures. If they get another 27 points off their bench, they should look at another win.
Lynx Injury Report: Layshia Clarendon (doubtful; right fibula), Damiris Dantas (out for season; right foot), Rennia Davis (out of season; left foot – tension fracture)
Fever Injury Report: Jessica Breland (out; left thumb), Kysre Gondrezick (out; personal leave), Bernadett Határ (out; right ankle), Chelsey Perry (out; right knee), Danielle Robinson (out; right ankle)
LA Sparks (10-19) vs. Seattle Storm (20-10)
When: Sunday 12 September at 21:00 ET
Where: Staples Center in Los Angeles, California
How to watch: NBA TV, Spectrum Sportsnet, JOE tv
Key to matching: The Sparks need to take something off their bench if they want to prevent them from losing their seventh consecutive game and keeping their playoff hopes alive. Can C. Ogwumike play, and if she does, can she be effective? The Storm will have to adjust for the rest of the regular season to have no Breanna Stewart, trying to retain their third place. If the Storm continues to get offensive production from their players and stays locked up in defense, they should be able to leave Los Angeles victorious.
Sparks Injury Report: Chiney Ogwumike (doubtful; right knee), Kristi Toliver (out; left hand), Jasmine Walker (out for season; right knee)
Storm Injury Report: Jordin Canada (off; right knee), Breanna Stewart (off; left foot)