Two left. Now that the New York Liberty are out of contention, they're just playing to see what they can carry into next year. They went up against the league's best team (and maybe the greatest offense in WNBA history?), the Washington Mystics on Tuesday night. Predictably, the Mystics won in a runaway.
Where to follow the game
YES Network on TV (though it will almost certainly air after Yankees vs Red Sox on Friday). Tip off after 7.
It’s likely Asia Durr will miss this one too.
Natalie Achonwa has been hampered by an ankle injury and her status for this one is unknown.
For the video gamers out there, NBA 2K is out and for the first time, the WNBA will be a part of the game. That level of exposure should help the W gain some new fans as the game will introduce them to a newish audience.
It's the last home game of the year, and Liberty fans should be commended for heading to the games and supporting their team. There's a lot of moving parts as it relates to where the Liberty will play in the future, and we’ll keep you updated if anything breaks.
When you’ve got two teams playing out the string, the objectives change a bit. Your attention turns more to developing youngsters for next year and beyond instead of winning the game in question. For the Liberty, we’ll likely see a reduction in Tina Charles’ minutes. Charles has played under 30 minutes in three out of her last four games and will likely be in that range tonight and Sunday. With that in mind, Han Xu will continue to get minutes and shot attempts for Katie Smith’s squad.
Fans now await news of where the Libs will play next season. With Joe Tsai set to close on the purchase of Barclays Center and the Nets on September 19, expect an announcement after that.
Player to watch: Teaira McCowan
Arike Ogunbowale is likely going to win Rookie of the Year, but that doesn’t take away what has been a banner rookie year for McCowan. She’s fifth in field goal percentage, third in blocks per game, and tops in rebound rate. As McCowan continues to develop, she’ll be a key part of the Fever’s future.
Speaking of Han Xu, she’s the youngest player on the Liberty and someone that figures prominently into their future plans. How prominently? Here’s one sampling:
“She has a high I.Q., incredibly skilled, wants to be one of the best players in the world. I can’t think of a better person to usher in the new wave of Chinese players.”
That’s a lot to put on a teenager. We’ll see how she does.
Local favorite Justine Skye is back with some new music, so in honor of that, let’s take it back to her last album