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The Daily Swish: The Dream clinched the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference

The rest of the conference however? They're treadmilling, except Chicago perhaps.

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Happy Thursday! Here are some links for your day:

Wednesday final scores

Atlanta Dream beats the Phoenix Mercury, 96-82 - - Shoni Schimmel scored 20 of her 24 points in the second quarter for Atlanta in the win. But so you know, Phoenix Mercury point guard Diana Taurasi didn't play, along with Penny Taylor. And for the Dream, Angel McCoughtry also took a rest. This win gives the Dream the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. Link to James' recap.

Sylvia Fowles and Elena Delle Donne answer the bell to lead the Sky over the Mystics, 72-69 - Chicago won five of its last six games and is now in prime position to get the second seed in the East. The Mystics still need one win to clinch a spot. But after two really bad losses, it's better to sit the vets and let the young players determine what happens from here, whether they make the postseason or not. Albert's recap.

Other links

Mystics head coach Mike Thibault gives his postgame thoughts on the Wednesday loss to the Sky - from Monumental Network. And he acknowledges that the loss is partly due to ... a lack of talent.

Stefanie Dolson celebrates her first WNBA career start - and she air fives herself during intros. Dolson had a shaky first quarter in the Mystics' loss to the Sky, but she ended up with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists in 35 minutes of playing time. But remember about her statistical woes in regards to taking care of the ball? How did she do there? She had...

ZERO turnovers! TAKE THAT TOV%! It has now dropped to 22.9% from 24.2% heading into the game. Remember, it was much, MUCH worse early in the season. And while Dolson had five personal fouls Wednesday while defending Sylvia Fowles, she still dropped her foul rate from 5.3 to 5.2 fouls per 36 minutes played. So....

BOOM! (even though this photo is two weeks old)

...yeah, but we still liked her performance Wednesday. And games like those won't be her last.

Where will the Phoenix Mercury be 12 months from now? - The SB Nation NBA network held the first of its annual theme day series today answering the question, "Where will your team be in 12 months?" Pat has a quick take for you here on where the Merc figure to be.

Why did the New York Liberty lose to the Phoenix Mercury on Tuesday? - - One major reason was because Tina Charles did not get much help from her teammates. And Phoenix was remarkably balanced. Here's Ray's take.

Former WNBA player Tamika Williams joins Kentucky as an assistant coach - Williams' last gig as an assistant coach was at Kansas from 2008-2011. She played six seasons for the Minnesota Lynx from 2002-2007, and the Connecticut Sun in 2008. During her college career, she was at UConn in the same class as Sue Bird, Swin Cash, and Asjha Jones. Link from

"Fox & Friends" Host Eric Bolling asks female Little League Baseball pitcher Mo'ne Davis about "Female Friendly" sports like soccer - We finish this post with a non-basketball link. Bolling asked a question that could have been worded better. His cohost, Elizabeth Hasselbeck did give him a "light punch" after that comment so I think Bolling got the picture. Anyway, Davis did reply that she does play soccer, but she likes baseball more. In the link, Bolling has been on the record on separate gender roles and sports, for what it's worth.

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