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Sparks looking to improve playoff position against Fever – Press Enterprise

LOS ANGELES — The Sparks still control their own playoff destiny with 11 games left in the regular season.

At 10-14, the Sparks currently sit eighth and last in the playoffs.

However, only two games separate the sixth-placed team in the league from the 11th-placed team in the league, with less than a month until the playoffs start on August 17.

This could ultimately be a pivotal time for the Sparks as they host the Indiana Fever (5-22) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night at Crypto.com Arena.

The Sparks are hoping to snap a three-game losing streak and clinch a crucial win against the league’s worst team.

However, the Fever lead the season series against the Sparks 1-0, thanks to a 101-96 early season win at Indianapolis on May 27.

The last time the two teams played, Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike had 30 points and 10 rebounds and could be called up for another big effort, especially without 6-foot-9 center Liz Cambage (13.3 points). per game), who is listed as questionable and could miss his second consecutive contest due to his placement in health and safety protocols on July 14.

Ogwumike is averaging 18.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.

The Fever, which is on a nine-game losing streak, was led this season by guard Kelsey Mitchell, who is the WNBA’s sixth-leading scorer, averaging 18.6 points per game.

In the Sparks’ last game, interim head coach Fred Williams cited “crucial turnovers” in their 80-68 loss to the Chicago Sky last week.

Williams wants his team to clean up unforced turnovers and prioritize ball sharing, which has been emphasized in the past two practices.

“A lot of these (turnovers) are making eye contact with each other and coming to the ball,” Williams continued. “Just the little things there and with some injuries and some players at the moment we’re a bit off pace so we’re trying to find our rhythm on the attacking side.”

Statistically, the Sparks will strive for 20+ assists, which Williams says is a key metric that will put his team in the best position to have a chance of winning.

The Sparks are averaging 72.6 points per game during the team’s three-game losing streak, in which key players; Chiney Ogwumike, Nneka Ogwumike and Cambage all missed a game due to various injuries and illnesses.

However, Williams said he was encouraged that the Sparks had taken more shots than the Sky, but said his team needed to capitalize on those opportunities.

“I’m always happy that we had a lot of shots, but we have to get them done,” Williams explained. “We got 71 attempts (against Chicago) but we made 28. It’s tough.”

Sparks guards Kristi Toliver (calf) and Chennedy Carter (knee) were ruled out for Tuesday’s game. The game will air on CBS Sports Network and Spectrum Sportsnet.