The Lynx seem to have a stranglehold on the Western Conference title. If they beat San Antonio in Texas on Sunday afternoon, or if Phoenix loses at Washington (not likely) that night, they will get the No. 1 seed in the West.
So the real battle is for the top overall record. Coveted because that team has home-court advantage throughout the playoffs as long as it keep advancing. Indiana is the Lynx's closest pursuer. But the East-leading Fever lost 86-80 at home to Atlanta on Saturday. That means Indiana is 19-9 and three games behind the Lynx (22-6) with six games left apiece.
The remaining schedules:
Indiana (two home, four away): at Atlanta, Tues.; at Conn, Fri.; at Chi., Sept. 4; Wash at home, Sept. 7, at New York, Sept. 9 and Atlanta at home, Sept. 11.
Comments: A brutal final six games for the Fever. They have to play the surging Dream twice more and have tough road games at Conn, Chi and NY. ... Only breather might be Washington. ... Best possible finish seems like it would be 4-2, which would give them a final record of 23-11.
Lynx (three home, three away): at San Antonio, Sun.; Wash at home, Tues.; New York at home, Fri.; at New York, Sept. 4; Chi at home, Sept. 8; at Pho, Sept. 11. ... If Lynx win their final six games, they would tie the WNBA record for most victories in a season. Seattle won 28 games last season. So did Los Angeles twice in the early 2000s. ... That's a tough chore, especially since the Lynx should clinch the best overall record in the WNBA with a couple of games left. Coach Cheryl Reeve might want to rest her starters before the playoffs.
So how will the Lynx fare? They will probably go 4-2 and finish 26-8. That victory total would double the number of wins they had in 2010.
* According to the Lynx, Seimone Augustus is attempting 16 percent of her shots from within 5 feet of the basket. That's a big jump from 8 percent a year ago and closer to her 22 percent rate from her rookie season in 2006 to 2008.
* The Lynx lead the all-time series with San Antonio, counting games when the franchise was in Utah, 29-18. The Lynx are 20-5 at Target Center against the Silver Stars, 9-13 on the road. ... The Lynx have won the past five games, three at home, two on the road.
* The Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal writes that the Lynx have signed a playoff sponsor. And, before more than 9,000 showed up for Maya Moore Bobblehead Night last Friday, announced attendance was up nearly 15 percent to about 8,400 tickets sold per game.
Actual attendance -- people in the seats -- was even more encouraging. Up a whopping 60 percent. Meaning there are a lot fewer no shows.
* A list of Lynx records this season
22 overall victories, previous record was 18 set in 2003 and 2004
12 home victories, previous record was 11 in 2003, '04, '05, '11
10 road victories, their 10-4 away record is the best in the league. The most any other team has is eight