With the WNBA seed and final playoff spot still up in the air, there is still a lot to be decided in the final week of the season. One game that leaves little to decide is Tuesday’s only game between Indiana Fever and Atlanta Dream. They are the only two teams in the league eliminated from playoff contention.
Despite the lousy record of both teams, there is still a lot to play for and there are still many interesting things to see. The Fevers need to evaluate the talent they have and give other players longer looks. Victoria Vivians has seized her opportunities and he’s been a shining star in this dark season.
The Dream has had a sensational game from Courtney Williams all season and to be able to see her a few more times this year is a joy. She has had an All-Star season, averaging 16 points per game and leading the team in minutes played with 34. Also, Aari McDonald’s minutes have increased and it’s good to see her get more reps at the WNBA level.
The road to victory for both teams has been difficult. They are 13-45 on the season. So who is going to step up and win? The Fever will need Vivians to have an outstanding game if they want to win. Bench production has also been inconsistent, so a good performance from Jantel Lavender could make the difference between victory or a fifth loss in a row.
The Dream will need a few things to do well if it wants to win. Courtney Williams will have to continue her All-Star season and give a stellar performance. Aari McDonald will have to use his acceleration in minutes. And the Dream will have to win the rebounding battle. If all these things go well, the Dream should be in a position to win at the end of the quarter.
Atlanta Dream (7-22) vs. Indiana Fever (6-23)
When: Tuesday, September 14 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Gateway Center Arena in College Park, GA
How to watch: NBA TV
Key to the confrontation: Whoever wins the rebounding battle will likely win the game. The Dream will need stellar performances from Courtney WIlliams and Aari McDonald, while Fever will rely on Victoria Vivians and some bench production.
Fever injury report: Jessica Breland (out for the season; left thumb), Kysre Gondrezick (out; personal injury), Bernadett Határ (out; right ankle), Chelsey Perry (out; right knee), Danielle Robinson (out; right ankle), Tiffany Mitchell ( questionable; left knee)
Dream injury report: Tianna Hawkins (doubtful; right foot), Crystal Bradford (out for season; left foot), Chennedy Carter (out indefinitely; suspension), Cheyenne Parker (out for season; staff), Candice Dupree (likely; back)