The Minnesota Lynx are surging into the postseason and head into Sunday’s regular-season finale towards the host Washington Mystics aiming to tie up the third seed within the WNBA playoffs.
The Mystics, in the meantime, are locked in a three-way wrestle for the eighth and last playoff berth and wish a win to edge out each the Los Angeles Sparks and New York Liberty.
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Minnesota (21-10) moved forward of the reigning league champion Seattle Storm after posting its eighth win within the final 9 video games, a 92-73 rout of the Indiana Fever on Friday.
Sylvia Fowles led the best way with 21 factors and 10 rebounds for the Lynx.
“Extraordinarily happy with these younger girls, simply placing their our bodies on the market on the road to only get it get completed any approach they’ll,” Fowles stated of her group. “Simply from the begin to now, to see the place we have come from, I am very excited. I am very proud.”
Minnesota opened the season with 4 straight losses whereas coping with quite a lot of personnel points, together with Napheesa Collier’s quarantine whereas getting back from taking part in in France. Aerial Powers solely lately returned from thumb surgical procedure, however has offered a dependable scoring punch through the Lynx’s late-season cost.
“We needed to ensure we might management our personal future,” Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve stated in her postgame press convention. “Every thing we bought, we needed to actually earn.”
Whereas Minnesota clinched a first-round bye on Friday night time, Washington (12-19) didn’t lock up a playoff spot regardless of having the chance to take action. The Mystics dropped a 91-80 choice to New York, who should hope each Washington and Los Angeles lose on Sunday to grab the eighth seed for their very own, regardless of not taking part in.
The Sparks, then again, should beat the Dallas Wings on the street (who’ve already secured the seventh seed) and hope Minnesota maintain off Washington to say the ultimate playoff spot for their very own.
“We did not are available able to play,” Washington guard Natasha Cloud advised the Washington Publish. “We did not are available prepared for the sport scheme. And we did not purchase in utterly. That is irritating when our season is on the road.”
Tina Charles has had an MVP-calibre season for the Mystics, averaging a league-leading 23.7 factors per sport along with 9.4 rebounds. Washington, nevertheless, have struggled to seek out consistency amid a rash of accidents.
Former league MVP Elena Delle Donne returned from a virtually two-year absence in August earlier than going again to the sideline after simply three video games and the group are simply 2-4 within the final six video games, together with a 93-75 loss to Minnesota on September 4.
On Sunday at 8pm, nevertheless, they may have revenge on their minds and their season on the road.