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Chicago Sky prepare for their return to the WNBA Playoffs

Published: Sep. 8, 2020 at 7:23 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -

The Chicago Sky had their dreams of claiming the franchise’s first WNBA Championship fall short at the hands of the Las Vegas Aces in the second round of the playoffs last year.

In a new season with many new twists, the Sky are returning to the postseason, as Fairbanks' Ruthy Hebard will be seeing playoff action in her rookie campaign.

Of course, teams would like to enter the playoffs on a hot streak, riding high while firing on all cylinders. However, Chicago has dropped five of their last six games with three of those losses by double-digit points.

The Sky (11-9) head into the final stretch of the condensed, 22-game regular season with only two contests remaining and are looking to address any issues before the start of the postseason.

“I think that we focus on both sides of the ball, but because we’re preparing, it’s probably more defensively focused," said Sky Head Coach James Wade after practice Tuesday. “Offensively, I think we have an identity of who we are...but we spend a lot of time on defense, especially since the personnel changes that we’ve had.”

Despite recent woes, Chicago remains atop the Eastern Conference standings and are currently seeded sixth out of eight playoff teams. The Sky face the Atlanta Dream (5-15) on Wednesday at 4 p.m. AKDT.

“I think we come into this game tomorrow and we say, ‘hey we have to continue that distribution that we have been playing with’ and just up the ante as far as not making mistakes and making a couple more shots, it will give us confidence going into the game afterwards and then it takes you into the playoffs,” added Wade. "I still think we are in a place where we still have a little margin for error, so we want to find a good rhythm going into the playoffs.”

Chicago’s season finale comes on Friday against the Dallas Wings. The WNBA playoffs are set to tip-off September 15.

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