The Chicago Sky and the host Los Angeles Sparks are in a good battle for the eighth and ultimate playoff spot as they meet Tuesday night time.
The Sparks (15-19) maintain a 1 1/2-game lead over the Sky (14-21) for the No. 8 seed with lower than two weeks remaining within the common season. The Sparks are a half-game behind seventh-place Atlanta.
However the Sky have received two of the three head-to-head conferences with the Sparks so a victory Tuesday wouldn’t solely pull them inside a half-game of Los Angeles, however give them the tiebreaker.
“We wish to get within the playoffs and so do they, so we all know it’ll be a tough struggle,” Chicago guard Dana Evans mentioned.
The Sky have received simply two of their final eight video games, each of which got here in opposition to Seattle within the final three video games. Chicago outscored the visiting Storm 22-10 within the fourth quarter to win 90-85 on Sunday.
“This is without doubt one of the most proud moments for me,” Chicago coach Emre Vatansever mentioned. “Total we have been taking part in actually good video games. We confirmed massive character (Sunday). They’re taking part in exhausting and obtained rewarded by the outcome.”
The Sparks had received a season-high six video games in a row earlier than dropping to the Connecticut Solar 83-68 on Sunday in head coach Curt Miller’s return to the place the place he coached for the final seven seasons.
Miller mentioned the go to was “just a little bit overwhelming” after he guided the Solar to playoff appearances in every of the final six seasons, together with Finals appearances in 2019 and 2022.
Now he is making an attempt to carry Los Angeles again to the playoffs after a two-year absence.
“To start with of the yr we had a whole lot of adversity with individuals being injured,” guard Jordin Canada mentioned. “However towards the tip of the season we’re actually beginning to discover our stream and our chemistry and we’re connecting. We’re beginning to click on on the proper time, which is tremendous essential once we’re preventing for a playoff place.”
—Area Degree Media