The Minnesota Lynx have already clinched a playoff berth and there’s still a third of the season left to play.
The Lynx (19-2) tied the franchise record for fewest games needed to secure a postseason spot when they beat Seattle on Sunday. Minnesota, which remained atop The Associated Press WNBA power poll Tuesday, matched the mark set in 2012 when the team also needed 21 games.
The Lynx will most likely secure a top two seed for the second consecutive season soon as well, giving them a bye till the semifinals of the playoffs.
It was announced this week that the team will play its playoff games at the University of Minnesota because of potential conflicts with the Minnesota Wild and other building events at the Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota moved out of its normal home, the Target Center, this year because of renovations.
“We’d like to thank the city of St. Paul, Mayor Coleman and the fine folks associated with the Xcel Energy Center for being tremendous hosts during our 2017 regular season,” Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said in a statement. “Our fans have responded and then some with our move to St. Paul and we expect nothing less from them as we take our tremendous home court advantage to the University of Minnesota.”
Williams Arena doesn’t have air conditioning, so the Lynx will pay for temporary systems to be put in place for fan comfort.
POWER POLL: Minnesota and Los Angeles are poised to secure the top spots in the playoffs. Here’s a look at this week’s WNBA poll.
1. Minnesota (19-2): Sylvia Fowles continues to have an MVP-caliber season leading the Lynx.
2. Los Angeles (17-6): The Sparks defense has improved throughout the season, making them more dangerous.
3. Connecticut (14-9): The Sun keep winning and are track to return to the postseason for the first time since 2012.
4. Washington (14-9): Injuries continue to bite the Mystics; Natasha Cloud is sidelined now with a partial plantar fascia tear.
5. New York (12-10): The Liberty have two more games left on a five-game road…