WNBA: Four teams still fighting for two playoff berths in final weekend of regular season

August 12, 2022
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The GIST: With four teams fighting for two remaining playoff berths, the WNBA chose chaos heading into the final weekend of regular season play. Here’s a live look at us trying to decipher how it’ll all shake out.

Where things stand: The LA Sparks were eliminated from postseason contention following last night’s 93–69 loss to the Connecticut Sun, but that’s just about all that’s confirmed with only two game days remaining.

  • As for the already clinched squads, the Chicago Sky and Las Vegas Aces are duking it out for the No. 1 seed while the Seattle Storm and Washington Mystics fight for No. 4 (and crucial home-court advantage).
  • Meanwhile, the Minnesota Lynx, NY Liberty, Atlanta Dream and Phoenix Mercury (now playing without Brittney Griner, Diana Taurasi and Skylar Diggins-Smith) all have the same record and are in the hunt for two open playoff spots. Couldn’t have written it better.

What to watch: Everything, TBH. But if you have to choose, tonight's 7:30 p.m. ET and Sunday’s 2 p.m. ET matchups between the Liberty and Dream. If one squad wins both games, they’ll punch their playoff ticket. And if they split? Well, that opens up a whole can of worms.

  • And grab your tissues for tonight’s 9 p.m. ET meeting between the Storm and Lynx. Not only does it have major playoff implications, it also features two retiring legends, Seattle’s Sue Bird and Minnesota’s Sylvia Fowles.
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