Houston (USA), Aug 31 (EFE) .- The fight to get a place in the playoffs and thus avoid the first round in the championship of the Professional Women’s Basketball League (WNBA) is closed again with the arrival of the last weeks of competition.
As the Connecticut Sun, Las Vegas Aces and Seattle Storm teams compete for the coveted first-round double goodbye, the rest of the other five teams that will compete in the postseason are undefined.
The Suns have everything going for them with a one-game lead over the Aces and a three-game margin over the Storm.
Only one of Connecticut’s remaining six opponents has a winning record. That doesn’t mean Sun coach Curt Miller takes anything for granted.
“It’s about matchups in this league,” Miller recalled. “We were beaten by the Indiana Fever and they tore us apart. They compete well with us. LA Sparks do the same. We’re going to take it one at a time and the Washington Mystics is the next opponent and that’s all we have to worry about.”
The Mystics are one of four teams battling for the final playoff spots.
Washington is expected to be without star guard Tina Charles for a few more games as he recovers from a left glute strain.
Forward Elena Delle Donne returned for a couple of games after being off the court for nearly two years with back problems. He had to stay out in the team’s last meeting, an 18-point rally against Dallas, because back problems bothered him again.
Washington, New York Liberty, Dallas Wings and the Sparks are all four teams within a game of each other for the last two playoff spots.
While the Minnesota Lynx, Phoenix Mercury and Chicago Sky are the other group of teams competing for fourth to sixth position in the postseason.
Finishing fourth would knock a team out of the first round of the playoffs.