It’s Time … almost.
With Sacramento falling earlier tonight in San Antonio, the playoff matchups in the Western Conference are set. The Monarchs finish fourth and will turn around and play again in the AT&T Center for Game 1 later this week. Meanwhile, the loss clinched third place for the Los Angeles Sparks, who will match up with your Seattle Storm … after the two teams play tomorrow in a relatively-meaningless game to close the regular season.
I asked Storm Head Coach Brian Agler before last night’s game about going against the postseason opponent ahead of time.
“I don’t know how either team will play that situation,” he said. “It’s sort of ironic that the other two teams, there’s a great chance that Sacramento and San Antonio will be in the situation. I will say this – all four of our teams will use that chance to study each other.”
The only thing the Storm has to play for in terms of positioning is home-court advantage for a potential WNBA Finals matchup with the Detroit Shock. A Detroit loss or Storm win would give the Storm the WNBA’s second-best record. The Shock plays at New York tomorrow at 1:00 p.m., just before the Storm and Sparks tip off at 1:30 p.m.
We may hear tonight on dates and times for the Storm’s series, and naturally those will appear first on storm.wnba.com.