Four teams play tonight in two games, but unfortunately, none of these four teams are Eastern Conference teams that are in the playoff race. In fact, three of the teams playing tonight will not play in the post season. Meanwhile, here is a very mundane preview and my take on these games.
Game 1: Washington Mystics (6-27) at San Antonio Silver Stars (16-16)
TV: NBA TV at 8 PM Eastern, 7 PM Central
What is at stake:
For the Stars, even though they are guaranteed to be the 4th seed in the West no matter what happens. Last year, though they made the playoffs as the third seed, they were a pathetic 14-20. Right now, the Stars are given a gift for their last two games, as they play the Mystics tonight AND the Shock tomorrow, though it's on the road. Great opportunity to finish the season over .500, and if I were Dan Hughes, I definitely would like to be 18-16 to close out the year. They don't start the playoffs until next Friday, so this push is worth it to me.
For the Mystics, the players and the coaches would like to finish the season on the right foot. Today actually isn't the last event for the team this season, because there is a season ticket holder appreciation event on Monday evening for season ticket holders that renewed for 2012, so it would be so much nicer for the Mystics to win this last game and kick off Monday's event with something positive to talk about.
Game 2: Chicago Sky (14-18) at LA Sparks (14-19)
TV: NBA TV at 10:30 Eastern, 7:30 PM Pacific
What is at stake:
For the Sky, this is the first of a two game road trip in the West. Though they won't be in the playoffs this year, it is still an opportunity for the team to go for a franchise best regular season record, and a chance for Sylvia Fowles to go head to head against two of the best low post players in the Western Conference, starting tonight with Candace Parker. Also, even though the Sky won't be able to alter the playoff picture for anyone else, this is still an opportunity for them to end the season on a good note, and a great opportunity for Fowles to continue her otherwise MVP-caliber play.
For the Sparks, this is their season finale. They certainly would like to finish it with a win, even if they are lottery bound. Given that this is a home game, it is doubly important that the fans can leave with their heads held up high, unlike what we saw in Washington this past Sunday on "Fan Appreciation Night."
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