Storm-Silver Stars Preview

The Associated Press

With a sizable lead for a Western Conference playoff spot, the Seattle Storm have a chance to all but end that race in the next three days.

The Storm will play the first of back-to-back road games against the San Antonio Silver Stars, the fifth-place team in the West, on Sunday.

Seattle (13-13) moved four games ahead of San Antonio with a season high-tying third straight win, 81-73 over Phoenix on Friday, and the Silver Stars' 73-67 loss to Tulsa. The Storm are also a half-game behind the Mercury for third place, a considerable feat for a team that has played without stars Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird all season.

"Our team is doing many things now that a lot of people did not think we could do before the season started," coach Brian Agler said. "I would probably have to put myself in that category."

Seattle will try to add a season-high win streak to its accomplishments when it faces the Silver Stars (9-17), losers of five of eight. That stretch has San Antonio needing a late rally to extend its streak of six consecutive playoff appearances.

The Silver Stars are hoping to get Danielle Robinson back for the stretch run. Robinson, averaging a league-high 6.7 assists, didn't play Friday after straining her right knee in an 80-63 loss at Indiana on Wednesday.

"It's always tough to have to sit out," Robinson said. "It's been a tough year for our team as far as injuries.''

The Storm have won two of three matchups with San Antonio this season, including a 91-86 victory in their most recent visit June 21. The teams split a two-game set in Seattle from Aug. 9-11.

Seattle is hoping Temeka Johnson will be available to help in this series. The guard scored a season-high 23 points Friday but did not play in the fourth quarter after getting hit in the face.

Agler said that Johnson, who has scored 41 points and shot 14 of 20 in the past two games, passed neurological tests for a concussion.

The Storm haven't won four in a row since a five-game run June 15-26, 2012.

Seattle will conclude its stay in San Antonio and close out the season series with the Silver Stars on Tuesday.

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