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3 straight losses put Lynx in a playoff pressure cooker

The biggest game of the season could come Thursday in Vegas.

There's not a whole lot of positivity about the Minnesota Lynx after they were hammered in three straight losses Thursday through Sunday, losing by a combined 52 points. But truth be told, there's really only one team that has a chance to knock them out of the playoff race. 

Minnesota was third in the WNBA standings at the All-Star break, but the three straight losses have dropped them to seventh, just one game in front of the Dallas Wings. 

But the beauty of this season is that two of the league's 12 teams are already eliminated from playoff contention, leaving just two teams on the outside of the top eight. Remember, the top eight teams – regardless of conference – make the playoffs in the WNBA. 

New York and Indiana are already out, leaving the Las Vegas Aces and Chicago Sky as the ninth- and- 10th-place teams, respectively.  

The Lynx are 2 1/2 games ahead of Las Vegas and five games in front of Chicago, so the Aces are the only team with a realistic chance shot to catch them, and if the Lynx take care of business this week they'll give themselves a lot more breathing room. 

Minnesota plays at Chicago Tuesday night and then has what could be the biggest game of the season on Thursday in Las Vegas, especially if Vegas is able to beat the Atlanta Dream on Tuesday. 

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