Thursday, August 24, 2006
Playoffs heat up for WNBA
Well, the girls in the WNBA started their showcase last week after finishing the 34 regular game season.
The top team was the Connecticut Sun with 27 wins and 7 losses. The closest team to them in the Eastern Conference was the Detroit Shock with a mark of 23-11. The two other teams making the four-team boat in the East were the Indiana Fever and the Washington Mystics.
In the Western Conference, the team with the best record was the Los Angeles Sparks at 25-9. Others clinching first round spots in the West were the Sacramento Monarchs, Houston Comets and Seattle Storm. The Monarchs are the defending champions. So, if the Sparks go over Seattle, they still have to meet the champs.
I suppose that one could say that the official dominance of the Houston Comets over the WNBA is finally over, for now. In their best of series with Sacramento, they were beaten handily in the first game on Thursday (93-78) and even worse on Saturday (92-64). They set a new WNBA record with the point spread at halftime in game one.
In the game on Saturday, coach Van Chancellor got into a shouting match with one of the officials at the beginning of the game. Not cool, coach. Ironically, the Comets had beaten the Monarchs in three of the four regular season games. Go figure.
The Shock swept the Fever in a contest which was pretty close all the way. But Indiana, too, fell on Saturday by a final score of 98-83, giving the Shock the ticket to move on. One might think this odd, but the Sun also swept the Mystics.
The Los Angeles Sparks who fell in the first game to Seattle (84-72) on Friday, bounced back to win on Sunday and send the series to a third game on Tuesday evening.
There is a reluctance to throw this out, with the Sparks (who also won a championship) with a chance of eliminating the Storm, but yours truly likes the Sun’s chances.
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