Sky scouting report
Chicago Sky (8-13) at Tulsa Shock (3-18), 7 p.m. Friday at the BOK Center
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Last time: On Wednesday, the Sky lost at Atlanta, 82-71; on Tuesday the Shock lost at Connecticut, 82-80.
Skinny: Both of these teams are desperate for a win. At eight straight losses, the Sky is tied with the Phoenix Mercury for the longest losing streak in the WNBA. Tulsa is right behind at five straight losses and the fewest wins in the league. Overall, the Sky has lost 12 of its last 13 games and is putting itself in jeopardy of missing the playoffs for the seventh straight season. After back-to-back losses to New York and Atlanta, the Sky is now tied with New York for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 13 games left.
For the Sky, just as disconcerting as the losses is the health of star guard Epiphanny Prince. She missed nine weeks with a broken right foot and returned last week. She was moving well, scoring consistently and seemed comfortable on the floor for two straight games. But in the third, against New York, she landed awkwardly on her right ankle and sat out the rest of the game. She vowed to play the next night in Atlanta and started, but she played just 18 minutes, took one shot and was scoreless. Prince had ranked second in the WNBA in scoring with 20.4 points per game … Tulsa, which leads the league in steals with more than 10 per game, pushed Eastern Conference-leading Connecticut to the brink on Tuesday, putting six players in double-figures.
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