Los Angeles, CA – Derek Fisher the Los Angeles Sparks rookie coach to the WNBA is on course to bring a trophy home. After closing out the regular season with victory over historical top notch team Minnesota Lynx.
The Sparks win their 14th straight at Staples Center to end the regular season with a 22-12 record and locked up the No 3 seed with a first round bye.
The Sparks will host the lowest-seeded first-round winner of the WNBA Playoffs on
Sunday, Sept. 15 at 12 p.m. PST in a second-round single elimination game. With the Seattle Storm defeating Lynx, they will travel to Los Angeles.
The new playoff format being based on records regardless of conference has allowed for some great match-ups. If all things go as planned with No 6 vs No 3 seeds will have the Los Angeles Sparks facing off against the Connecticut Sun in the Semifinals for the right to play in the WNBA Finals 2019.
This season the Sparks have the series led over the Sun 2-1 in their three match-ups during the regular season.
Coach Fisher who has played a very tight rotation this year only bring in the bench as need based on fouls on when a game gets out of hand.
“Each game will kind of dictate different things,” said Fisher.
Now with the single game format, win or go home is real until the reach the Semi’s.
“We know that we want to be at home, which we did our work to be the third best team, but that doesn’t mean anything when the ball is tipped. It’s one game, which means we have to play that much harder,” said Sparks forward Candace Parker, “We have to have a great week of practice and preparation going in.”
This will be an exciting time to be a Los Angeles Sparks fan as this team goes after it’s Fourth Championship Trophy.