Playoff race brings unexpected results

Everything you might have thought was going to happen today, didn’t.

The Shock handed the Fever their third straight loss, 76-70, and clinched a playoff spot in the process. Odyssey Sims put up a whopping 30 points for Tulsa, as the franchise prepares to leave town for Dallas.

The Sun edged the Sky, 72-68, keeping their playoff hopes alive…..

especially since the Storm downed the Mystics, 69-59.

Check out these standings. So very very close in the East.

But the most eyebrow-raising game might have been between two teams who have already clinched playoff spots.

The Lynx rallied past the Mercury, 71-61. Minnesota was behind at halftime, and they were without starters Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen. Yet, they exploded in the third quarter and never looked back.

The Lynx haven’t been successful in their gut checks lately, so tonight’s win is significant. To begin playing like they used to, without two of their main guns? That’s a good sign for them. If they advance far into the playoffs, they might just look back on this game as the one that turned them around.

But Whalen is out until the playoffs……

In the fifth game of the day, the Sparks beat the Stars, 60-52 in commanding fashion. Jantel Lavender lead LA with 24 points, while Kristi Toliver had 15, and Candace Parker recorded yet another double-double: 10 points and 11 rebounds.

It was a star-studded affair in Los Angeles, which hosted “We Are Women” night. I’ll have pictures and interviews up later.