WNBA Finals 2017: Game 5

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GAME 5 of the WNBA Finals 2017 is HERE!!!!! That’s right, the final match-up of the 2017 season is about to go down tonight, at 8 PM ET on ESPN.

Live fromĀ The BarnĀ (Williams Arena, Univ. of Minnesota), the Minnesota Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks will hash it out for all the marbles, in a winner-take-all battle for the 2017 WNBA Title.

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Avoiding elimination, MIN ties series 2-2, with an 80-69 Game 4 victory in L.A.Ā Courtesy photo/Minnesota Lynx

After one heck of a season series (both regular & post-season), these two juggernaut squads have made their wayĀ backĀ to the finale – and in an exciting fashion – to show the world what basketball is all about.

After stealing Game 4 to tie the series 2-2, Minnesota will have another shot at becoming WNBA Champions with home court advantage. Despite letting Sunday’s game slip away, L.A. is still in it to win it as both teams look to make history in their title quest. Chasing a dynasty (Houston Comets) for the most championships in WNBA history, with a win tonight, the Lynx or the Sparks will match the Comets in this incredible achievement. Furthermore, L.A. is aiming to become repeat champs, a task not seen in 15 years since 2001, 2002 by the Sparks (2001, 2002, 2016).

Though a win in Game 4 at Staples Center would have been a storybook ending to a phenomenal season, with so much to play for, there’s no doubt L.A. is up for the challenge. But, BEWARE…those Minnesota Lynx are determined to keep tradition alive, and uphold their streak of winning the title every other year, since 2011 (2011, 2013, 2015).

Who will prevail and be crowned 2017 WNBA Champions? Find out tonight on ESPN.

WNBA Playoffs 2017: ROUND 2

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The 2017 WNBA Playoffs continue Sunday, on ESPN2 with Round 2 of single-elimination games coming your way! The Phoenix Mercury head to Mohegan Sun Arena to face the red-hot Connecticut Sun in Game 1 on ESPN2 at 3 PM ET, followed by the Washington Mystics and New York Liberty at MSG for Game 2 at 5 PM ET. For the full schedule and updated WNBA Playoff Picture click here.

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WNBA Playoffs 2017 Bracket format. Courtesy photo/WNBA

ROUND 1 Single-Elimination Recap

#6 Mystics advance over #7 Wings, 86-76

#5 Mercury defeat #8 Storm, 79-69

GAME 1: #5 MERCURY VS. #4 SUN @CONNECTICUT, 3 PM ET

After making it out of the 1st-round of single-elimination games, Diana Taurasi and the #5 Phoenix Mercury, head to Connecticut to battle Jonquel Jones and the Sun. In what will be another epic match-up, Brittney Griner who dropped 23 points and 11 rebounds in Round 1, will face the sophomore forward/center, Jones who has been phenomenal this season averaging 15.4 ppg and 11.9 rpg, breaking the WNBA rebounding record at 403 rebounds (previously held by Tina Charles). Although Phoenix, a 3x league champion, has the advantage of being the more experienced team in postseason play, the Sun are a young, hungry team who just might suprise you. The winner of this game advances to a 3-of-5 semifinal against either the No. 1 Minnesota Lynx or the No. 2 Los Angeles Sparks. Tune in at 3 PM ET on ESPN2 for some WNBA action.

GAME 2: #6 MYSTICS VS. #3 LIBERTY @NEW YORK, 5 PM ET

Despite playing in the WNBA Finals four times, the #3 New York Liberty have yet to be crowned league champions. This evening, the Liberty will have a chance to advance and make their way back to said Finals, as they host the Washington Mystics at Madison Square Garden. The Mystics who advancedĀ past the first round for the first time since 2002, are eager to make their first Finals appearance behind the leadership of Elena Delle Donne in today’s match-up. Delle Donne finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds in the Round 1 victory over Dallas, after dealing with some injuries during the regular season. It’s going to take a team effort as the Mystics prepare to keep the Liberty at bay on the glass in hopes of stopping Tina Charles and her squad.Ā The winner will advance to a best-of-five series against the Minnesota Lynx with Game 1 at 8 PM ET Tuesday. Catch this game today at 5 PM ET on ESPN2.

Verizon WNBA All-Star Game 2017

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With the first half of the 2017 WNBA season complete, it’s time for the Western Conference to meet the Eastern Conference in a showdown of some of the world’s best ballers. Welcome to the Verizon WNBA All-Star Game.

Seattle who is set to host the league’s best at KeyArena today, will bring together players like Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Tina Charles, and a few first timers in a showcase game between the Western Conference All-Stars and the Eastern Conference All-Stars. This years WNBA All-Star also marks the return of the WNBA Three-Point Contest. Set to take place during halftime of the Verizon WNBA All-Star Game, the long range shooting contest will be the league’s first at WNBA All-Star in 8 years. This years sharpshooters include Sue Bird, Maya Moore, Sugar Rodgers, Jasmine Thomas, and Allie Quigley; all who are ranked in the league’s top eight in three-pointers made, and three-pointers made per game this season through July 17. In partnership with the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA), the WNBA has added a new element to the shooting contest to recognize players’ efforts off the court as leaders in the community. For the first time, $10,000 will be donated to a charity of the winner’s choice in support of her work in the community.

Tip-off of WNBA All-Star 2017, will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET, as five former league MVPs, nine former No.1 overall picks, scoring champions, Finals MVPs, and new-comers take to the court to put on a show. In WNBA All-Star 2015, the West came out on top with Maya Moore as the game’s MVP. Overall, the West holds a 9-4 lead over the East in the all-time series. With star studded rosters for both Conferences, this season is bound to give players and fans alike, a fun, exciting All-Star experience. A total of 10 players – eight representing the East and two for the West – (three starters and seven reserves) will be making their All-Star debut in this afternoons match-up.

Check out the Rosters for the Verizon WNBA All-Star Game, and tune in on ABC.