Lynx flirt with history
The Minnesota Lynx, with a strong finish at the end of the WNBA season, are in line to finish with the league's best record this season -- and home-court advantage for the duration of their stay in the WNBA playoffs.
It is already, without a doubt, the best season in the history of the Lynx franchise.
But where will it rank among the best regular seasons in the history of the WNBA? The next two weeks will tell.
In the meantime, here's a look at the top-five seasons in WNBA history:
5. Los Angeles Sparks, 28-4 record, 2000 season. The Sparks won more games than any team in league history up to that point under first-year head coach Michael Cooper, but the season ended early with elimination in the conference finals at the hands of the Houston Comets.
4. Seattle Storm, 28-6, 2010. The Storm matched the league record with 28 regular-season victories and posted a perfect 17-0 record at home on the way to the franchise's second WNBA title. The Storm went through the postseason undefeated on the way to the championship. It was Seattle's year to shine with Lauren Jackson being named the league MVP and coach Brian Agler as the WNBA coach of the year.
3. Houston Comets, 27-5, 2000. This remarkable season ended with the team's fourth straight title and what would turn out to be the Comets' last WNBA Finals appearance.
2. Los Angeles Sparks, 28-4, 2001. The Sparks found their groove behind MVP Lisa Leslie. After a record-setting regular-season run, the Sparks went 6-1 in the postseason on the way to the championship, including a first-round sweep of nemesis Houston.
1. Houston Comets, 27-3, 1998. Back in the early days of the WNBA, when the season was 30 games, nobody was better than the Houston Comets. And they were never better than in 1998. The Comets moved from the Eastern Conference to the Western Conference during this season and merely transferred their dominance.
Houston finished the season by beating Phoenix for the title in the league's first best-of-three Finals series.
Playoff picture in focus
Minnesota clinched the top seed in the Western Conference with its win over San Antonio on Sunday. The Lynx have won five straight games. The Silver Stars, meanwhile, are making the end of the season plenty dramatic with a six-game losing streak that is putting their postseason in jeopardy. San Antonio has lost 10 of 12 games and Los Angeles trails for the conference's fourth playoff spot by 1.5 games with five to go after losing to Seattle on Sunday night. Seattle needs one more win to clinch a postseason spot. Atlanta took a big step toward the postseason Saturday night with its win over Indiana, which missed the opportunity to lock up its spot in the postseason. The Dream have a two-game lead over Chicago for the final playoff spot.
Shock come alive?
The Shock are getting the hang of this winning thing -- two days after snapping a 20-game losing streak against Los Angeles, the Shock followed up with a home win over Connecticut on Sunday.
Games to watch
• Indiana at Atlanta, Tuesday. The Fever have a chance to avenge Saturday night's loss and nail down a playoff spot.
• Seattle at Los Angeles, Tuesday. The Sparks will look to keep the pressure on San Antonio by taking on the reigning champs.