Whoa whoa whoa! How have we not talked about the fact that the WNBA playoffs start TODAY?! Today!
To ensure that you don’t miss a second, here is a link to the playoff schedule. Oh, you’re welcome 🙂 Ok, first things first, your 2018 playoff teams:
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Now, a quick less on on how the WNBA playoffs operate. The firs two rounds are single elimination rounds meaning, “win or go home.” The semi-finals and Finals are played as a best-of-five series.
Specific to this season’s playoffs. This season is unlike any other season. Every team has strengths and weaknesses that can get them to the Finals. It’s all going to come down to game day execution and if they use their strengths appropriately.
Let’s get into tonight’s games, shall we?
Dallas Wings @ Phoenix Mercury
The Dallas Wings were once predicted to take the number two seed. They ended with in the eighth seed. Better than not making it in at all, but what happened? Liz Cambage and Skylar Diggins-Smith are the MVPs of this team and are certainly a fantastic team in their own and are the reason why the team did not sink below eight. But can those two carry the Wings against the Mercury? Specifically Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner and DeWanna Bonner’s Mercury? Specially Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner and DeWanna Bonner’s Mercury who broke not one, but two franchise records this season—one for most assists in a season (699) and another for the number of three-pointers made (288)? This is going to be a tough game for the Wings.
Los Angles Sparks @ Minnesota Lynx
What made this season so interesting is the fact that we got to watch teams other than the typical two, the Sparks and the Lynx, dominate the league. In fact the Lynx, who have gone to the Finals six times in the last seven, and won four, ended their regular with an 18-16 record. Not horrible, but not what they’re used to.
So what happened to these two teams to end up with the sixth and seventh seeds? Age and injuries, to say it simply. Maya Moore (Lynx) just hasn’t been her usual self (she really really struggled with her shot) and Lindsay Whalen considered retirement before the season started. As for the Sparks, well they benefited from Candace Parker’s fantastic season but Parker is only one player and when the team is struggling on both offense and defense? Well, Parker deserves a lot of credit for getting the Sparks to playoffs at all (the Sparks ended their regular season at 19-15).
This? This is going to be an interesting game.