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WNBA playoff picture: New York moves half game ahead of Chicago, Seattle clinches berth

After a big win in New York on Friday, the Chicago Sky dropped a road game against the Connecticut Sun today to fall back .5 games behind the Liberty in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Meanwhile, the Seattle Storm clinched with the Mercury's loss. More on the impact of today's results at LoveWomensBasketball.com (linked above). For the full WNBA standings, check out WNBA.com. And of course, if you have more to say about today's games, check out our game thread.

The Seattle Storm's Best. Trade. Ever.

Inspired by dasharpshoota's entry for SB Nation - NBA's Best. Trade. Ever. theme day, Kevin Pelton of StormBasketball.com has weighed in on the Seattle Storm's best trade ever. That was an easy one, but what would be the best trades ever for other WNBA teams?

Jayda Evans' Live Game Thread: Seattle hands Minnesota first loss of 2012

Jayda's blog with a running courtside account of the Seattle Storm's 65-62 win over the previously undefeated Minnesota Lynx. From the Storm: The Lynx's 62 points were 16 below their previous season low (78, 6/15 at PHO). Their 37.5% shooting and 25.0% on threes were also season lows. Minnesota's 10 first-quarter points were the fewest the team has scored in a quarter this season (previously 11) and tied the fewest allowed by the Storm.

Sky Runs Storm Out of The Building, 74-58

From reading this box score and recap of a game that wasn't available on LiveAccess, nor ESPN, nor NBA TV, four Sky players scored in double digits, led by Sylvia Fowles' 16 points and 15 boards including 7 on the offensive glass. The only bad stats I saw were that Courtney only made 1 of 9 shots, Swin was 2 for 10, and Epiphanny Prince only scored 17 points. But when the Sky scored 20 points against the Storm's 8 in the fourth quarter, all's well that ends well. For the Storm, only two players, Ann Wauters and Tina Thompson, both post players who are out of their prime scored in double digits with 12 and 13 points respectively. Sue Bird did get 10 dimes but this dollar wasn't worth it when she was 0-3 in three point shots, and only managed to score 8 points overall, along with this loss. Victoria Dunlap added 38 minutes of bench time. Sounds familiar like last year... The Sky goes to 7-1 but it will face a tough road trip now starting this Saturday against the Fever and next Saturday against the Lynx. For the Storm, it goes to 1-7 and like a team out East, going old didn't help them one bit. Fortunately, Sue's old crew will play five of their next six games or the rest of their June games against teams with losing records. Four of these games will be against teams with a sub .400 record, and three of these games will be against the Shock or Mystics. In fact, the Storm has a back to back against the Mystics. If the Storm can't win most (if not all) of these competitive games (can't call them cupcakes anymore unfortunately), it won't make the playoffs to say the very least.

LA Sparks Home Opening Night Game Delayed to Tuesday May 22 due to NHL Stanley Cup and NBA Playoff Overload in LA

This may be old news now, but the first regular season home game for the Sparks next Sunday has been delayed. This is because the 8th seeded Kings are battling the Phoenix Coyotes in the Western Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the Lakers and Clips also have their second round NBA playoff matchups against the Thunder and Spurs respectively. Pretty crazy that all these things would be happening at once, but they are. While this is great for the Kings, Lakers, and Clips fanbases, if you're a Sparks fan who doesn't support either of these three teams, or a Storm fan, this may not sit well with you. Sorry. The new date for the game is next Tuesday, May 22 at 7:30 PM local time (10:30 PM Eastern). That's the reality of the WNBA, in particular with teams that don't own their arena.

Shock beats the Storm 86-60

13 of the Shock's 14 players score in the game and two players, Glory Johnson and Riquna Williams scored 10 each to lead Tulsa. Seattle outshot Tulsa 47 to 44%, but the Storm gave up 35 TO's to the Shock's 19 TO's. The Storm had 10 assists while the Shock had 14 assists. Basically this is where the game was decided. For Seattle, Victoria Dunlap led all scorers with 13 points, and also grabbed 5 boards and dished 2 assists. As you probably know, Lauren Jackson isn't with the team now due to her commitment to Team Australia, and Sue Bird is with Team USA preparing for tomorrow's contest vs. China at KeyArena. Still for the Shock, this is a good win and wins are contagious.

Seattle Re-Signs Its Starting Backcourt and adds Ann Wauters

The Storm made its biggest news this week by re-signing Sue Bird and Tanisha Wright. The team also adds Ann Wauters to shore up the low post to hold the fort while Lauren Jackson is gone. The Wauters signing doesn't quite go with "adding youth" which is what the Storm needs more of, but it's also safe to say that the Storm isn't done yet, and looks a lot better now than it did in January.

Seattle Times: Serious Talks For New Arena in the Works

Apparently talks have been underway for the past eight months to lure an NBA or an NHL team to Emerald City. The Sacramento Kings are an NBA team that Seattle would like to target since there still isn't a new arena there yet. I'm not surprised this has happened to be honest. If a new arena was built, does this help or hurt the Storm? Could you see this team being bought by a new ownership group for the Seattle NHL team or the new Seattle Sonics?

Seattle Storm Trade Swin Cash, Le'coe Willingham, Second Rounder To Chicago Sky For #2 Pick, Cap Room

For the Seattle Storm, this might seem like a lot to give up for the #2 pick in a draft with a lot of question marks surrounding its top prospects. But after the disappointing loss to the Phoenix Mercury in the first round of the playoffs, it was clear that the championship window for the current roster had closed: Lauren Jackson will be out for half of this season and the team isn't getting any younger after that. So there might be two questions for the Storm: 1) Which prospect has caught their eye in the 2012 draft? 2) Who are their free agent targets with the newfound cap room? For the Chicago Sky, playoffs or bust.

Three Keys To Winning Game Three For The Seattle Storm - SB Nation Seattle

The big question about this game really is about the Mercury: Can they bring the same defensive intensity in Game 3 that they did in Game 2? But independent of that, three keys for the Storm to win and return to the Western Conference Finals.

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