Alternative universe day

Strange basketball day today:

The Dream ignited in the third quarter to defeat the Sun, 90-77. Angel McCoughtry and Reshanda Gray each had 18 points for Atlanta. (Go, Too Tall!)

The Mystics beat the Lynx, 77-69, behind Ivory Latta’s 20 points. Houston, we seem to have a problem in Minnesota.

The Sparks dominated the Sky, 76-64. Candace Parker lead the way for LA with 21 points and 10 assists, and Chicago shot so poorly they probably would have missed the ocean if they tried.

The Fever knocked down the Mercury, 75-63. The non-odd part of this game: Fever forward Tamika Catchings grabbed nine rebounds to put her career total at 3,079, and move her past Tina Thompson on the league’s all-time rebounding list. Amazing.

The Seattle rookies took over to vault the Storm past the Stars, 72-63.

These results mean that we have nutty situations in both conferences. Thestandings at the moment…..

Eastern Conference

Liberty: 16-7, .696

Fever: 14-9, .609

Mystics: 14-9, .609

Sky: 15-11, .577

Sun: 12-12, .500

Dream: 9-15, .375

Western Conference

Lynx: 18-7, .720

Mercury: 15-9, .625

Shock: 11-14, .440

Sparks: 8-16, .333

Stars: 7-18, .280

Storm: 7-19, .269

East thoughts/questions

Last night the Sky needed one win to at least tie for first in the East; now they’re fourth. That’s just wild.

The Mystics and Fever have come on quietly and with great stealth, haven’t they?

I’ve heard fans doubt the Liberty, but I still say the East is theirs to lose. They have too much chemistry going on right now.

West thoughts/questions

What’s going on in Minnesota? “They have all that talent, yet…” sounds like what fans say about the Sparks.

Speaking of Los Angeles, I’m not doubting they’ll take at least fourth in the conference. But will they surpass the Shock for third?