Five more games during the shortened work week. One game tonight and tomorrow (Wednesday), will have a game on NBA TV.
1. Connecticut Sun (19-7) at Washington Mystics (5-21), 7 PM ET/4 PM PT
Connecticut looks to further solidify its seeding in the playoffs tonight, and that's putting it nicely. DC tries to avoid a six game losing streak, which it hasn't done yet this season, as bad as it has been for Langhorne and her teammates.
2. LA Sparks (19-8) at Minnesota Lynx (21-4), 8 PM ET/7 PM CT/5 PM PT
This game will be on NBA TV, and is the game of the night. The Sparks look to get a sour taste out of their mouths from the loss against Chicago last Sunday, but the Lynx want to get back at LA after losing to them 96-90 last July.
1. Indiana Fever (17-8) at Atlanta Dream (14-13), 7 PM ET/4 PM PT
This is also an NBA TV game, and it will be dedicated to former Tennessee basketball coach Pat Summitt. This is the last of five matches between these two teams, with a 2-2 split so far in the series.
With Angel back in the fold for ATL, if she can keep her scoring efficiency close to what it was on Sunday, this could be another win for the Dream, not to mention that four of their last six games are on the road. Fortunately, two of those last six games are against the Mystics, so they should help ATL get those last wins to clinch another playoff berth.
2. Phoenix Mercury (6-19) at NY Liberty (10-16), 7 PM ET/4 PM Arizona and PT
This is on MSG if you're in the NYC area.
Last time these two teams played each other on August 23, Diana was still getting ready to get back into WNBA mode, if you will. Now, she's back and Phoenix has won two in a row, both against teams that will be in the playoffs. This is the first in a three game road trip for the Mercury and all against Eastern teams in the playoffs or at least with a good chance for them, so if Phoenix can grab two of three on this trip, that should be a positive reflection on the team as it heads for the offseason and hopes to get lucky in the Griner Bowl.
Tulsa Shock (6-20) at Seattle Storm (11-14), 10 PM ET/7 PM PT
It's been a full week since Seattle has played a game, and after the team lost four of its last five games, I think it's safe to say that Sue's Crew could have used it more than any other team with the exception of the Mystics.
Speaking about the Mystics, I see a little de ja vu for the Storm here. The Storm had a back to back against DC starting at home and ending on the road, where the team capped off a five game winning streak. Now, the team has a back to back in the form of a home and home against the Shock, where the team can start building momentum for its stretch run. The road Tulsa game is also the first of FOUR straight games on the road, including two eastern opponents in ATL and Indy. If Seattle can win its next two games which won't be that easy despite the record, it could build some momentum going forward.
As for Tulsa, this is an opportunity to play some spoiler ball. If the Black and Yellow Young Guns can beat the Green and Gold Grannies, especially if Phoenix can start building a big winning streak.... well... it's gotta feel pretty good sending a team like the Storm back to the lottery for the first time in nine years.
So those are the games for midweek. Feel free to trash talk, meme, and air grievances on your team's GM as needed.