O’Hea was an active part of the Flyers bench on Sunday and Chambers said the team’s medical staff haven’t ruled out the Australian Opals and Flyers captain but will make a final call closer to game time.
“The medical staff are saying it’s not out of the question but I’ve just parked it for now, she definitely couldn’t play before Wednesday,” Chambers said.
“We are just looking at it day by day.”
O’Hea’s leadership and array of skills have been vital to their success this season although Aimie Clydesdale and Steph Blicavs stepped up in her absence on Sunday and showed the depth of the Flyers’ squad.
Rachel Jarry also returned from her own knee issue and played 10 minutes in the win with foul trouble limiting her time on court.
“It was pleasing to get Jarry back in that rotation while Jenna was out, she gave us some good minutes,” Chambers said.
The Boomers were below their best on Sunday, especially at the offensive end but will take confidence from the form of their inside duo Cayla George (18 points, 17 rebounds) and Ezi Magbegor (20 points, 10 rebounds). They will face a difficult task against Canberra who have won the last two championships.
The WNBL will hand out its end of season awards on Monday before the teams who missed the finals fly home after the five-week season in north Queensland.
Cambage is favourite to win the MVP in her return season in the league although Steph Talbot, Lauren Nicholson, Ezi Magbegor and Cayla George will likely earn some votes.
For much of the season the Flyers looked set to make the top-two and face either Melbourne or Canberra, but Chambers said she never counted out the emerging Fire who will have a home crowd behind them and plenty of weapons including Nicholson, Shyla Heal and centre Zitina Aokuso who had 16 points and seven rebounds off the bench on Sunday.
Chambers compared the Fire to the AFL’s Brisbane Lions who made the preliminary final this season while playing at home in Brisbane.
“There is an advantage with it being in your home town, your home bed, your home everything and they are a quality side, with Shyla Heal playing well and Nicholson is a flat-out gun,” Chambers said.
Roy Ward is a Sports writer for The Age.