We’re now entering the last two weeks of the WNBA regular season, meaning that teams are doing whatever they can to make their way into the playoffs. So far, only five teams have clinched a spot, leaving seeds 6-8 up for grabs.
Prepare to see some good basketball played as the remaining teams fight for a spot in the playoffs. Here’s how they rank amongst each other this week.
1. Las Vegas Aces
The Las Vegas Aces won their first WNBA Commissioner’s Cup championship against the Chicago Sky in what was an impressive game from their big three. It was easily their best game of the season as they led from start to finish and played well on both ends of the floor. A game like that should help prepare them for what is to come on their journey to a championship. They would go on to beat the Indiana Fever in back-to-back games to finish the week.
2. Chicago Sky
The Sky had a tough loss to the Aces in the Commissioner’s Cup championship game. The loss didn’t count against the standings; they responded with two wins over the New York Liberty and the Connecticut Sun, without Candace Parker. Kahleah Copper had a 13-point 4th quarter and 27 total against Connecticut. Courtney Vandersloot had 23 assists combined between the two games and a 23-point game against the Liberty.
3. Connecticut Sun
The Connecticut Sun beat the Seattle Storm and lost to the Sky in overtime this past week. We all know that the Sun are one of the league’sleague’sams in the WNBA, but they have to be better at finishing games. They will be a problem for teams in the playoffs and have a good shot at the WNBA title this year, but they have to utilize their strengths.
4. Seattle Storm
The Storm went 1-2 during a rough stretch of games. They played the two teams ahead and behind them in the standings in, the Sun and Mystics. They lost to the Sun and then split the back-to-back with the Mystics. Breanna Stewart, Jewell Loyd, and Tina Charles combined for 51 points in the first game against Washington. The Storm, Sun, and Mystics will continue to fight for position to ensure they dondon’tt stuck in the 4-5 matchup.
5. Washington Mystics
The Mystics went 2-1 in a very important week. They beat the Dream without Elena Delle Donne, where all five players in the starting lineup scored in double figures. As mentioned earlier, they split their two games with Seattle. Ariel Atkins led the way in the second game with 23 points, Delle Donne added 17 points, and Natasha Cloud had a double-double with 11 points and 10 assists.
6. Phoenix Mercury
The Mercury went 1-1, beating the Sparks and losing to the Liberty. Two games that are very important for the WNBA playoff picture. Diana Taurasi had another 30-point performance, and Skylar Diggins-Smith added 27 points. They struggled against the Liberty in a game they really ccould’veused to take more control of their playoff spot.
7. Dallas Wings
Dallas seems to be in a spot where their inconsistency could end up helping them. If they can continue to split their record each week, theythey’ll up making it. On any given night, they can beat the top teams, but the next night there could be a complete no-show. What Dallas team will we get the last two weeks?
8. New York Liberty
The New York Liberty have had a rollercoaster of the season. This past week they lost to the Chicago Sky and beat the Phoenix Mercury by 20. They are a couple of games away from making it back to the playoffs and can’can’tord to lose many more of the remaining games they have this season. This has been a good year for guard Sabrina Ionescu and just a learning moment for everyone. As the core of this team develops, theythey’lla problem for the league for years to come.
9. Minnesota Lynx
The Minnesota Lynx won both of their games this past week. They still have a chance to make the WNBA playoffs but will have to be nearly perfect to do so. The rest of the season looks pretty tough for the Lynx as they have to face the Storm, Mercury, and the Sun.
10. Los Angeles Sparks
The Los Angeles Sparks are on a three-game losing streak. They have the chance to bounce back and solidify their spot in the WNBA playoffs. Chennedy Carter has played well as of late. She has been good for the Sparks off the bench. With seven games left in the season, will the Sparks hold on to their spot in the standings?
11. Atlanta Dream
The Atlanta Dream have now lost their last four games. They will have to turn things around if they want to make it into the playoffs. Right now, they are behind the Sparks in the standings and can’can’tord to lose much with six games left in the season.
12. Indiana Fever
Kelsey Mitchell is now out for the last stretch of games with a torn plantar fascia. I mentioned last week that they may look even more to the future and to Victoria Vivians and Tiffany Mitchell, considering they are free agents at the end of the season. Destanni Henderson has taken advantage of the opportunity, and hopefully, she gets some starts to end the season.