After the unusual circumstances that prohibited the Las Vegas Aces from playing the Washington Mystics this past weekend in Washington, D.C., everyone was awaiting the WNBA’s decision on what the game would be ruled.
Most expected that it would go down as a forfeit on the part of the Aces for not playing – and that is exactly what happened.
It was ruled that the Aces not playing the game would go as a loss in their standings – standings that would have a profound impact on how the playoff picture will look.
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The decision marked the first time in league history that a team is ruled to have forfeited a game.
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As of today, the Aces currently at 12-18, officially losers of their last five games. Las Vegas has now fallen two and a half games behind the Dallas Wings for the final playoff berth.
Seven of the eight playoff berths have already been clinched – the Seattle Storm, Atlanta Dream, Washington Mystics, Los Angeles Sparks, Connecticut Sun, Minnesota Lynx, and Phoenix Mercury have all qualified for this year’s postseason.
Speaking of which, the WNBA’s controversial decision cannot be removed from the fact that Las Vegas, the very city that was named host city of the 2019 WNBA All-Star Game probably feels a bit less than enthused about president Lisa Borders’ edict.
One wonders if we could see a chorus of boos rain down on Borders as she presents the MVP trophy at next season’s festivities. If so, we plan to be there to capture it!