By Mel Greenberg
WASHINGTON – While Congress continues to debate health care nearby on Capitol Hill, there was nothing debatable about the way the Washington Mystics took care of its own health issues Thursday night in enhancing their WNBA playoff hopes with a 78-67 win over the Seattle Storm at the Verizon Center.
Atlanta: Road (3): at Sacramento - Sept. 4; at Phoenix - Sept. 5; at Washington - Sept. 12.
Home (1) Connecticut- Sept. 11.
Washington: Road (3) at Chicago - Sept. 4; at Indiana - Sept. 5; at New York - Sept. 13.
Home (1) Atlanta - Sept. 12.
Chicago: Road (1) ar Detroit - Sept. 6.
Home (3) Washington - Sept. 4; Indiana - Sept. 10; Detroit - Sept. 12.
Connecticut: Road (1) at Atlanta, Sept. 11.
Home (2) New York - Sept. 4; Indiana - Sept. 13.
Detroit: Road (2) at Minnesota - Sept. 9; at Chicago - Sept. 12
Home (3) Indiana - Sept. 4; Chicago - Sept. 6; New York - Sept. 10.
New York: Road (2) at Connecticut - Sept. 4; at Detroit - Sept. 10.
Home (2) Indiana - Sept. 8; Washington - Sept. 13.
Summary: New York is closer to the draft lottery because the Liberty needs three teams in front to all slide, which mathematically can't happen bcause they meet each other toward the finish.
Here are best-case scenaio forecasts without regard to upsets. Wild card will be how Indiana finishes out. Also, remember that while each is looked at as team's best hope, those that success will be costly to others' best hopes.
Atlanta: 1-3 The Dream reduced one anticipated loss and easily could to 2-2 while 3-1 is not out of the question.
Washington: 3-1 but could easily be forecasted anywhere from 2-2 to 1-3.
Chicago: 0-4 but could steal here and there and get to 2-2. Definitely must beat Washington Friday night for a firmer grip.
Connecticut: lost a forecasted win and now could be either 2-1 or 1-2 with help needed. Being right behind a bunched ground of Washington, Detroit, and Chicago, the Sun may have to go 3-0 because Detroit does not appear likely to take a deep slide and Connecticut needs to minimize tie-breakers for the last spot.
Detroit: 4-1 picked up a steal from a projected loss but could also fall to 3-2 or 2-3.
New York: 0-4 but a a few steals could mean 2-2, which doesn't appear good enough when looking at the probables in front of the Liberty.
Western Group (and remember we're talking about qualifying, not placement):
Minnesota: Road (2) at Los Angeles - Sept. 11; at Sacramento - Sept. 13.
Home: (2) Seattle - Sept. 5; Detroit - Sept. 9.
San Antonio: Road (2) at Los Angeles - Sept. 8; at Sacramento - Sept. 10.
Home (2) Los Angeles - Sept. 5; Seattle - Sept. 12.
Sacramento: Road (0)
Home (3) Atlanta - Sept. 4; Sacramento - Sept. 10; Minnesota - Sept. 13.
Summary: It's still wild with long odds on Sacramento despite beating Connecticut.
Minnesota: 1-3 but could lose all 4. The Lynx really needed to beat San Antonio.
San Antonio: 3-1 is not out of question but more likely 2-2 although nothing is a lock in projected wins.
Sacramento: 1-2 but could go 2-1. However, won't be good enough to pass two teams in front.