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Sunday Open Thread: The Eastern Conference Tries To Sort Itself Out

Last night was all about the Western Conference and today is all about the Eastern Conference, with the Minnesota Lynx and Tulsa Shock along for the ride.

With a win over the Shock, the Atlanta Dream can clinch a playoff berth and set the field...and from there, who knows what the seeding will eventually look like.

Tulsa Shock at Atlanta Dream

The Dream are playing some of the best basketball in the league this year and looking to clinch a spot in the 2011 WNBA Playoffs with a victory today over the Tulsa Shock at Philips Arena. The Tulsa Shock are trying to get that fourth win. Both teams have something to play for. More interesting though: the Dream still have a chance to win first at only 2.5 games behind the first place Fever.

3 p.m. ET |  WNBA LiveAccess

WNBA.com preview | SBN Atlanta Storystream

Minnesota Lynx at New York Liberty

Both of these teams are already headed to the postseason, but the Liberty are still jockeying for playoff position. The biggest question for the Lynx: will they go all out in resting starters with home court throughout the playoffs locked up.

4 p.m. ET | WNBA LiveAccess

WNBA.com preview | Ray Floriani's pre-game analysis

Connecticut Sun at Washington Mystics

It's Fan Appreciation Day at the Verizon Center! With Monique Currie back in the lineup, the Mystics are definitely more talented, which is definitely a nice way to reward fans. We'll see how festive a mood Tina Charles is in today

4 p.m. ET | NBA TV | LiveAccess

Mystics.com preview | Video: Thank You to the fans

Indiana Fever at Chicago Sky

As Richard Cohen wrote recently, it's sad to see the Sky's season go down in flames; it looks like they will have to wait at least another year for the franchise's first trip to the playoffs. But they're still technically alive and need to get this win and hope that the Shock can beat the Dream.

6 p.m. ET | LLiveAccess

WNBA.com preview

 

Feel free to add your own insights, links, and well wishes to the Chicago Sky in the comments.

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