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WNBA Energy Rankings: Will Chicago or Las Vegas win Commissioner’s Cup remaining?


The Commissioner’s Cup debuted final yr with a championship matchup between the Seattle Storm and Connecticut Sun that, on the time, was regarded as a possible WNBA Finals assembly. It did not prove that manner as neither crew superior to the championship collection.

This yr’s model once more feels very very like a Finals preview. The Chicago Sky and Las Vegas Aces are the highest two groups within the league standings and ESPN’s WNBA Energy Rankings, and have been among the many hottest groups because the All-Star Recreation.

Chicago hosts Las Vegas on Tuesday (Eight:30 p.m. ET). The Commissioner’s Cup championship sport is on Amazon Prime, which was a part of the deal the WNBA reached with Amazon in 2021 as one other income supply for the league.

Each groups misplaced this previous week, however these had been the one losses the Sky and Aces have had since Staff A’ja Wilson gained the All-Star Recreation on July 10. Each are 5-1 in that stretch, however Chicago has achieved it with out All-Star level guard Courtney Vandersloot, who has missed the previous 4 video games whereas in concussion protocol.

The Sky’s 83-80 loss on the New York Liberty on Saturday was their third sport in 4 days, plus that they had journey delays on the best way to the Massive Apple. Chicago coach James Wade dismissed questions on fatigue, saying it’s simply a part of what all groups take care of. Regardless of the obstacles, the Sky nonetheless nearly gained that sport.

Las Vegas has had defensive considerations in latest weeks, however coach Becky Hammon was proud of the best way the Aces performed in beating Los Angeles 84-66 on Saturday, calling it one in every of their higher all-around efforts on each ends.

The Aces are actually in for a journey check: Their subsequent six video games, beginning with the Cup remaining, are on the highway. They are going to go from Chicago to Indiana (two video games) to Washington to Dallas to Seattle. The place will they be within the WNBA standings on the finish of this stretch, headed into the ultimate week of the common season?

“Truly, we have been higher on the highway than at house, so hopefully that pattern continues,” Hammon mentioned of the Aces’ 10-Three mark away from Las Vegas in comparison with 10-5 there. “I’ve to do job of getting them the correct relaxation vs. maintaining them sharp. We are actually making a complete circle round the US. It hits each crew sooner or later. However I believe the highway has been good for us with that foxhole mentality.”

The Sky and Aces have cut up their two regular-season conferences in 2022, every profitable on the opposite’s house court docket. They are going to meet another time, Aug. 11 in Las Vegas. Their matchup June 21 in Las Vegas was one of many stranger video games of the season, with the Aces dominating the primary quarter however then Chicago making the largest comeback in league historical past (28 factors) to win 104-95.

That loss despatched Las Vegas in a little bit of a tailspin — the Aces misplaced 5 of seven going into the All-Star Recreation — nevertheless it appears to be over now.

Chicago has had the league’s most superior depth (even with out Vandersloot) this season. Las Vegas has been the WNBA’s finest offensive crew, main the best way in factors per sport (90.four) and offensive ranking (108.Three). The Sky are proper behind in scoring common (85.6), and so they have the sting in defensive ranking: fifth at 98.Zero to the Aces’ sixth at 101.Three.

Individually, Las Vegas’ Kelsey Plum (20.1 PPG), Wilson (19.four) and Jackie Young (16.Three) are all within the high 10 within the league in scoring. Seven Sky gamers are averaging between 14.Eight and 9.Zero factors, led by Kahleah Copper. Chicago’s Candace Parker has two triple-doubles this season.

No slight towards the opposite groups, however this appears to be the right showcase for the Commissioner’s Cup championship, and a particular style of the postseason.

Earlier rankings: Preseason | Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11

1. Chicago Sky
File: 21-7
Earlier rating: 1

The Sky beat Seattle and Dallas final week earlier than the loss at New York. It has been a enjoyable season for Sky followers, with the All-Star Recreation and the Commissioner’s Cup remaining each at Chicago’s Wintrust Enviornment. The defending WNBA champions will look so as to add one other title with Tuesday’s Cup remaining, and we are going to see if Vandersloot is again. There is no such thing as a must rush her, in fact; this sport has no affect on the standings and home-court benefit for the playoffs. Crucial factor is having Vandersloot in pretty much as good a form as potential for the stretch run and postseason. By the way, since Vandersloot’s final sport, July 14 vs. Los Angeles, the Sky have nonetheless averaged 22.5 assists, with ahead Emma Meesseman averaging 6.Zero assists in these 4 video games.

This week: vs. Las Vegas (Tuesday), vs. New York (Friday), at Connecticut (Sunday)


2. Las Vegas Aces
File: 20-Eight
Earlier rating: 2

The Aces did not look sharp in a loss to Atlanta, permitting the Dream to shoot 51.6% from the sphere and 62.5% from behind the arc (15-for-24). However they adopted that with wins over Indiana and Los Angeles. The latter victory was their fourth over the Sparks this summer season, and it was exhibiting to have earlier than their prolonged highway journey. The Aces’ reliance on their starters this season has been a lot mentioned, however this upcoming stretch would possibly necessitate extra contributions from the bench. Wilson continues to make her MVP case, having scored not less than 20 factors the previous seven video games.

This week: at Chicago (Tuesday), at Indiana (Friday), at Indiana (Sunday)


Three. Connecticut Sun
File: 19-9
Earlier rating: four

It was an excellent week for the Solar, save for brand spanking new addition Bria Hartley struggling an harm in Sunday’s win at Minnesota. Coach Curt Miller did not have an replace on her after the sport. Hartley suffered a season-ending ACL harm in late August 2020 with Phoenix, and was restricted to 6 video games final yr. She was traded to Indiana, enjoying 10 video games with the Fever earlier than being waived and signing July 18 with the Solar. She is a veteran guard presence who is anticipated to assist with the absence of Jasmine Thomas (knee), so it could appear the Solar are snake bit at that spot if Hartley is out a major time. Nonetheless, they went Three-Zero this previous week and lead the league in web ranking (Eight.four). And like Chicago and Las Vegas, the Solar are 5-1 because the All-Star Recreation.

This week: vs. Seattle (Thursday), vs. Chicago (Sunday)


four. Washington Mystics
File: 17-11
Earlier rating: 5

Washington had a light-weight week, getting a victory in opposition to New York. For a lot of the season, the Mystics and Seattle have been shut within the Energy Rankings, and it is a massive week for that matchup as they meet twice at Washington. Elena Delle Donne has led the Mystics in scoring the previous 5 video games, averaging 23.four factors and capturing 56.7% from the sphere in that stretch.

This week: at Dallas (Thursday), vs. Seattle (Saturday), vs. Seattle (Sunday)


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Tina Charles joins Diana Taurasi, Tina Thompson and Tamika Catchings because the fourth participant to ever attain 7,000 profession factors as she nails the three.

5. Seattle Storm
File: 18-10
Earlier rating: Three

The Storm fell at Chicago and at Phoenix this previous week, the latter an emotional potential final assembly between Sue Bird and the Mercury’s Diana Taurasi. Seattle additionally discovered it is going to for certain be with out middle Mercedes Russell for not less than the remainder of the common season after she underwent a process to deal with recurrent complications. However signing Tina Charles final month was a part of the technique in coping with Russell’s absence. Charles had her finest general sport of the season in Sunday’s victory over Atlanta, with 27 factors, 15 rebounds and 4 blocked pictures, as she crossed the 7,000-point threshold for her WNBA profession. That type of efficiency from her is an enormous enhance to the Storm.

This week: at Connecticut (Thursday), at Washington (Saturday), at Washington (Sunday)


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Skylar Diggins-Smith sends her defender sliding throughout the ground with a crossover transfer, then knocks down the jumper.

6. Phoenix Mercury
File: 12-16
Earlier rating: 9

The Mercury had per week to arrange for Seattle after which thrilled the 14,000-plus followers who got here to Footprint Middle to see them win. Skylar Diggins-Smith continues to have a implausible season; she led the best way in opposition to the Storm with 35 factors. Taurasi had 28 factors, seven rebounds and 7 assists. This type of sport makes you say, “The Mercury’s small-ball model actually can work.” However inconsistency has plagued Phoenix, which is why the Mercury have been throughout within the Energy Rankings — as excessive as fourth and as little as 11th. They have not gained back-to-back video games because the finish of June and must put not less than a bit streak collectively to assist their playoff aspirations.

This week: vs. Los Angeles (Thursday), at New York (Sunday)


7. Los Angeles Sparks
File: 12-15
Earlier rating: 10

It was crucial for the Sparks to finish their lengthy house stand with two wins, and so they acquired them by beating Indiana and Atlanta. That was adopted by a loss at Las Vegas, however the Sparks helped themselves this previous week and jumped again into the highest eight. Guard Chennedy Carter returned to Los Angeles’ lineup in opposition to her former crew, the Dream, on Thursday after final enjoying July 1. Middle Liz Cambage additionally was again after lacking two video games (well being and security protocols).

This week: at Phoenix (Thursday), vs. Minnesota (Sunday)


Eight. Atlanta Dream
File: 12-16
Earlier rating: 6

The Dream went 2-2 on their West Coast swing, together with a win at Las Vegas this previous week. That was adopted by losses at Los Angeles and Seattle. Issues have modified fairly dramatically for rookie ahead Naz Hillmon, who has performed not less than 30 minutes in every of the previous 5 video games after not hitting that mark her first 20 video games. On this stretch, she has pulled down double-digit rebounds 3 times. Subsequent, the Dream have 4 in a row at house with an opportunity to make a playoff push.

This week: vs. Minnesota (Thursday), vs. Dallas (Saturday)


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Allisha Grey with the ring & hurt

9. Dallas Wings
File: 12-15
Earlier rating: 7

It looks as if the Wings are treading water after a 1-1 week with a loss to Chicago and a win over Indiana. However that is not essentially a horrible factor; Dallas continues to be within the playoff logjam. The Wings really want to place a few wins collectively to assist their place, however that hasn’t been straightforward for them to do all season. Middle Teaira McCowan was a mixed 15-of-20 from the sphere in her previous two video games, signal.

This week: vs. Washington (Thursday), at Atlanta (Saturday)


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Sabrina Ionescu offers the Liberty the lead with an and-1, then Candace Parker cannot convert on the opposite finish, giving New York the win.

10. New York Liberty
File: 10-17
Earlier rating: 11

After falling at Connecticut and Washington to increase their shedding streak to 5 in a row, the Liberty had been in a position to maintain on to an upset over Chicago. If that one had gotten away — the Sky’s potential profitable shot was brief with four.2 seconds left — it actually would have stung. Regardless of shedding seven of its previous 9, New York continues to be within the playoff combine. One concern is the offense has been in every single place: Throughout July, the Liberty have scored as many as 116 factors and as few as 63.

This week: at Chicago (Friday), vs. Phoenix (Sunday)


11. Minnesota Lynx
File: 10-19
Earlier rating: Eight

The Lynx actually wanted to win not less than one in every of two video games at house in opposition to Connecticut this previous week, however did not get both. They’ve misplaced 4 of their previous 5. Whereas they don’t seem to be out of playoff competition but, it is wanting like a increasingly more tough path with simply seven video games left on their schedule.

This week: at Atlanta (Thursday), at Los Angeles (Sunday)


12. Indiana Fever
File: 5-25
Earlier rating: 12

The Fever went Zero-Three once more this previous week and have misplaced 12 in a row. Guard Kelsey Mitchell had a season-high 34 factors, plus six assists, within the loss to Dallas on Sunday as she continues to have the very best of her 5 seasons in Indiana. So there’s that brilliant spot for the Fever.

This week: vs. Las Vegas (Friday), vs. Las Vegas (Sunday)



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