With the Atlanta Dream’s 102-90 victory over the Indiana Fever Tuesday evening, the Sky officially clinched a playoff berth for the second consecutive year.
Sitting at 11-6, and in the No. 5 seed of the playoff picture, the Sky clinched with five games to play in the WNBA’s truncated, 22-game 2020 regular season, which is being held inside a bubble campus at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
It’s another positive headline for a team that looked in flux a short time ago following a two-game losing streak and brutal spate of injuries. The Sky got off the schneid with a commanding 100-77 win over the Fever Monday, a game in which point guard Courtney Vandersloot shattered the WNBA single-game assist record with 18. The next day, Vandersloot was named a WNBA player of the month for August, further cementing her status as a Most Valuable Player candidate.
Before last season, when the the Sky broke out in 2019 Coach of the Year James Wade’s first campaign at the helm, the team hadn’t made the playoffs since 2016. The Sky’s current .647 regular-season winning percentage in 2020 is the second-best in franchise history. This year’s playoff appearance will be its sixth.
Its 2019 postseason run ended in heartbreaking and improbable fashion when Dearica Hamby of the Las Vegas Aces launched a last-second, long-range heave to win the elimination-round matchup for Vegas. The Sky is 2-0 against the Aces this season in games decided by a total margin of four points.
The Sky's next game is Wednesday night at 6 p.m. CT against the Minnesota Lynx, who lead Chicago by 0.5 games in the standings. On Sept. 6, a matchup with the Los Angeles Sparks, who lead the Sky by 1.5 games, looms.
The Lynx and Storm are the only two teams in the W that the Sky has yet to defeat this season.