Seattle (14-18) closes its home regular-season schedule against San Antonio (20-12) at KeyArena on Friday. There will be lots of hoopla to celebrate the fans and they deserve it.
The Storm is 9-7 at home, their worst mark since going 9-8 in the facility in 2006. Seattle is carrying a losing record into the postseason and injuries are still plaguing the roster. The team has only had a full lineup five times this season, partly due to C Lauren Jackson missing the first half of the season to prepare and participate in the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Jackson remains in question, however. She missed the past three games with a left hamstring injury. She was re-evaluated this week and given medication to relieve nerve pain. She’s a game-time decision. Jackson, the franchise’s all-time leading scorer, has only played in seven WNBA games this season and is averaging 11.0 points on 40.3 percent shooting from the field.
Teammate Svetlana Abrosimova is also a game-time decision. Abrosimova sprained her right wrist in Tuesday’s win over Chicago. She was a solid member of the 2010 championship run and is averaging 17.3 minutes since her late-June signing.
San Antonio, which has only won three of its past nine games, is without G Jia Perkins (sick). The Silver Stars are the third seed in Western Conference playoffs while the Storm slipped into the fourth and final spot.
The complete WNBA playoff schedule is set after woeful Chicago (13-20) lost 75-66 to Atlanta (19-14) on Friday. It gave the final berth to New York (14-19). The Liberty lost to Tulsa (9-23) that night, but retains a better overall record than the Sky.
There are two other games on Friday.
Washington (5-27) is already starting to clear out lockers after a hopeless season. It hosts Indiana (20-12). The Fever are the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, but are on a three-game losing streak. Spokane native Briann January isn’t expected to play due to a head injury.
Top-seed Minnesota is playing at Phoenix. The Lynx (26-6) are two wins from tying the Storm’s WNBA-record 28-6 finish in 2010. The Mercury (7-25) is still playing without a host of stars and will be in the league’s draft lottery set for Wednesday.