WNBA Main Event – Minnesota Lynx at Los Angeles Sparks

It’s late in the season for two undefeated teams to cross paths, however that’s what fans of the WNBA will be in for soon.

The NBA Finals concluded on Sunday night as the Cleveland Cavaliers did what no one thought they could do: come back from a 1-3 deficit to win the NBA title. Shortly after the game ended there was a passing of the torch of sorts as a commercial aired on ABC featuring numerous NBA stars, many of them referencing the success of the WNBA over the last couple of decades. With the men’s season now over, right on cue, there’s a major showdown brewing in the WNBA as the Minnesota Lynx will face the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday afternoon.

For a regular season game that will be played in June, it’s hard to ask for anything bigger. Both teams are undefeated on the season, the Lynx at 12-0 following a win on Sunday and Los Angeles at 11-0 following a couple of wins over the last week. If Minnesota win on Tuesday then they will move to 13-0 and have room to improve upon their record for most wins to start a season even further. Conversely, if L.A. win, they will tie the 12-0 start that Minnesota got off to and it will be the Sparks that can go for a better record. According to a recent article at the WNBA’s website the game “will mark the first time in history that two teams from the WNBA, NBA, NFL, MLB, or NHL have met with each team having 10-or-more wins, no losses, no ties.”

That upcoming showdown is certainly the showstopper in the WNBA right now and game time on Tuesday is at 3:30pm ET (12:30pm PT). However, there’s some other teams in the WNBA that shouldn’t get lost in the shuffle.

For example, the New York Liberty have started to fade their slow start to the season. Winners of four straight, the Liberty are now 8-4, a record that ties them for first place in the Eastern Conference with the Atlanta Dream, a team who have dropped a couple of recent games. The Liberty’s most recent win was a three-point road win over the Indiana Fever.  Just as Los Angeles and Minnesota are meeting as the top-two contenders in the west, so will New York and Atlanta be the top two teams in their conference when they meet on June 22nd (noon ET).

It truly is an important week in the women’s association, one that promises to shed some light on who the favorites in the conferences are. The Sparks and Dream were the underdogs heading into the season, however this week they will each be the teams with the home-court advantage.

Shane Lambert