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    It's getting messy out there, ladies and gentlemen! Although the top four EC playoff teams have been identified - Fever, NY Liberty, Wash Mistiques and ATL Dream - except for the Dream it's still unsure exactly where the remaining 3 teams will fall in the playoff picture. Below is a run down of the various scenarios. So, pay very close attention. It's very tricky!

    Fever
    Current Overall Record: 21-11
    Current Conf. Standing: 13-9
    # Games Remaining: 2
    # EC Games Remaining: 0
    # WC Games Remaining: 2 (Silver Stars/Linkx)
    Best Overall Record Attainable: 23-11
    Worst Overall Record Attainable: 21-13
    Best Conf. Record Attainable: 13-9
    Best Possible Seeding: 1st
    Worse Possible Seeding: 3rd

    Liberty
    Current Overall Record: 21-11
    Current Conf. Standing: 13-7
    # Games Remaining: 2
    # EC Games Remaining: 2 (Mystics/Sun)
    # WC Games Remaining: 0
    Best Overall Record Attainable: 23-11
    Worse Overall Record Attainable: 21-13
    Best Conf. Record Attainable: 15-7
    Worst Conf. Record Attainable: 13-9
    Best Possible Seeding: 1st
    Worse Possible Seeding: 2rd

    Mystics
    Current Overall Record: 20-12
    Current Conf. Standing: 11-9
    # Games Remaining: 2
    # EC Games Remaining: 0
    # WC Games Remaining: 2 (Liberty/Dream)
    Best Overall Record Attainable: 22-12
    Worst Overall Record Attainable: 20-14
    Best Conf. Record Attainable: 13-9
    Worst Conf. Record Attainable: 11-11
    Best Possible Seeding: 1st
    Worse Possible Seeding: 3rd

    Dream
    Current Overall Record: 19-14
    Current Conf. Standing: 10-11
    # Games Remaining: 1
    # EC Games Remaining: 1 (Mystics)
    # WC Games Remaining: 0
    Best Overall Record Attainable: 20-14
    Worse Overall Record Attainable: 19-15
    Best Conf. Record Attainable: 11-11
    Worst Conf. Record Attainable: 10-12
    Best Possible Seeding: 4th
    Worse Possible Seeding: 4th

    Possible scenarios for Fever & Liberty:
    (1) If the Liberty loss 1 game and the Fever and Mystics win out the season, the Fever would hold 1st place outright, the Liberty 2nd by virtue of having a better conference record over the Mystics (Fever 14-8; Mystics 13-9), and the Mystics would hold 3rd place.
    (2) If the Liberty and Mystics win out the season and the Fever loss 1 game, the Liberty would hold 1st place, the Mystics would hold 2nd place and the Fever would drop to 3rd because the Mystics have the better regular season record (2-1) against the Fever.
    (3) If the Fever, Liberty and Mystics win their remaining games, the Liberty would have 1st place by virtue of having the best conference record (15-7), the Fever would hold 2nd place by having the better regular season record (23-11) and the Mystics would hold 3rd place.
    (4) If the Fever and Liberty win their remaining games and the Mystics lose 1 game, the Liberty would hold 1st place, the Fever 2nd place and the Mistiques 3rd place.
    (5) If Mystics win their remaining games, and both the Fever and Liberty lose their remaining games, the Mystics would hold 1st place and determination of 2nd and 3rd place would likely come down to which team between the Fever and Liberty had the best overall point totals since both teams would have identical overall and conference records (23-11) and both teams split their regular season wins (2-2).
    (6) If the Liberty, Mystics and Fever split their remaining games, the Liberty, Fever and Mystics would hold 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, respectively, because the Liberty would have the better conference record (14-8) and the Fever would have the better regular season record (22-12) over the Mystics (21-13).

    The best the Dream can do is 4th place even if they won their remaining game and the Mystics lost their remaining 2games and the two teams tied for the regular season (20-14) because the Mystics would hold the regular season head-to-head tie-breaker (2-1).

    Did you get all of that? A win or a lose by the Fever, Liberty or Mystics could alter the playoff picture dramatically!
    Last edited by NuffSaid; 08-20-2010 at 11:31 AM.

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