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How the Seattle Storm can lock up a top-two spot in playoffs on Wednesday

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There are just three games remaining in the 2020 WNBA regular season.

Seven out of the eight postseason playoff spots have been claimed while there are four teams all within striking distance of that final eight seed.

It is coming down to the wire.

Current WNBA standings:

1. Seattle Storm (16-3) --x

2. Las Vegas Aces (15-4) --x

3. Los Angeles Sparks (15-5) --x

4. Minnesota Lynx (13-7) --x

5. Phoenix Mercury (12-8) --x

6. Chicago Sky (11-9) --x

7. Connecticut Sun (10-10) --x

8. Dallas Wings (7-12)

Washington Mystics (6-13)

Atlanta Dream (5-14)

Indiana Fever (5-15)

New York Liberty (2-17)

*--x = playoff clinched

Here is how the WNBA postseason runs:

September 15: The bottom four teams will face one anther in single-elimination first-round play, featuring No. 5 vs. No. 8; No. 6 vs. No. 7.

September 17: The second round featuring No. 3 vs. the lowest seed; No. 4 vs. the other seed in another single-elimination game.

September 20: WNBA semifinals (best-of-5 series): No. 1 against the lowest remaining team and No. 2 vs. the other that could extend to Sept. 29.

October 3: WNBA finals begin (through October 12, if necessary): Best-of-5 series.

Full WNBA postseason schedule here.

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The Seattle Storm currently rank No. 1 in the WNBA. The dynamic duo of Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart have proven once again to leave opposing teams with more questions than answers on how to guard them.

 

Breanna Stewart 2020 stats

POINTS PER GAME
19.5
REBOUNDS PER GAME
8.1

On Wednesday, the Storm will have a chance to not only lock up one of the top two seeds, but also guarantee an additional week of rest. For the amount of time down in the WNBA bubble in Bradenton, Florida at the IMG Academy, an extra week of rest could be the deciding factor to get to the finals.

Here’s how the Storm can do just that:

1. Win one of their three remaining games: vs. Dallas (Wednesday); vs. Phoenix (Friday); vs. Las Vegas (Sunday).

2. If Los Angeles loses one of its remaining two games: vs. Washington (Thursday); vs. Las Vegas (Saturday). 

According to Percy Allen of the Seattle Times, the Storm will have a deeper bench with backup point guard Jordin Canada and reserve forward Morgan Tuck available on Wednesday.

Bird, 39, with an extra week of rest would be dangerous late in the postseason.

Catch the game at 7:00 p.m. (PT) on CBS at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.