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The Los Angeles Sparks took control of the season series against the Minnesota Lynx with a convincing win at Staples.
For most of the WNBA season, the Lynx have been the best team in the league. Technically with a record of 24-7, they still are; but the Sparks sit at 24-8 and just beat Minnesota 78-67 at home to take control of the season series 2-1.
That means in the event L.A. ends up with the same win total as the Lynx, the Sparks hold the tiebreaker.
With their latest win Los Angeles also officially notched their spot in the semifinal round of the playoffs. Last year marked the first season of the WNBA’s new playoff format where the first two rounds are single-elimination games and the best two teams in the league receive byes into the semifinal round.
So as for now, with the Sparks and the Lynx both securing their first-and-second-round byes, history is repeating itself from last year and the two teams look as if they’re on a collision course to a WNBA Finals rematch.
Candace Parker led the way for L.A. against Minnesota dropping 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. After the game espnW’s Mechelle Voepel quoted Parker on her performance and looking toward the playoffs.
“I hope things are clicking going into playoffs. I know that I have to be aggressive and assertive, and I’m able to do that now. I’m healthy, moving well, and I feel good.”
Furthermore, Sparks Head Coach Brian Agler said,
“I’m starting to get a better feel for our team.”
With how dominant the Lynx were early on in the season, they resembled the Golden State Warriors where it seemed every other team had no shot of taking them down.
They started the season 13-1 and had only lost two games all year by the end of July. But August has been a rough month for the league’s best as they’ve dropped five of their last ten games.
With Minnesota’s recent struggles and the Sparks’ latest surge, which includes five consecutive wins, L.A. is headed into the postseason with confidence and a good feel for where they are as a team while the Lynx are heading into the playoffs with questions to answer.
The Sparks have two games remaining on their schedule and Minnesota has three. Both teams have solidified their spots in the semis and are now playing for home court.