The Storm return to KeyArena after a brief two game road trip, and will play the Lynx for the second game in a row after falling to them on Tuesday 73-67 in Minnesota. It is fair to say that this game has more meaning for the Storm than it does for the Lynx, but not in the way that you might think.
The Storm are now chasing the number one draft pick in the upcoming draft, but are currently two and half games ahead of the San Antonio Stars in the standings. Usually, this would mean that the Storm would be likely to be the team second most likely to land the top pick. However, because of the WNBA's recent draft format reform, the team that will have the best chance at the top pick is now decided based of their records from the last two seasons. So, when both teams records from the last two seasons are taken into account, the Storm currently hold a one game advantage over the Stars for the top pick, and need to lose one of their final two games in order to secure the best odds for the number one pick. If the Storm win tonight- which is definitely a possibility as the Lynx have already clinched the top seed in the West and will likely look to get their starters a fair amount of rest- this saga for the top pick becomes even more interesting. Why? Because the Storm play host to the Stars in their season finale on Sunday. If the Storm win tonight, don't be surprised if Sue Bird suddenly is held out of Sunday's game in order to "rest."
Look for Jewell Lloyd to continue to build her case for Rookie of the Year honors tonight, and look for the Storm to keep campaigning on Lloyds behalf, as they should. She has been a bright spot in an otherwise rather tough rebuilding year.
The Storm are hosting a bone marrow registry drive to find a match for Renee Padgett, a 24 year Washington State Patrol veteran. This is a great cause, and you can and should read more about it here.