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 advanced 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. 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.

WNBA Playoffs 2017: ROUND 1

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After a long regular season, it’s finally that time of year; that’s right, the WNBA Playoffs 2017 are here and it’s time for, “ROUND 1, FIGHT,”!

Having battled their way through to the top eight teams for postseason play, the 1st-round single-elimination games tip tonight, on ESPN2 starting at 8 PM ET and 10 PM ET. Take a look at the WNBA Playoff Picture here.

GAME 1: #7 Wings vs. #6 Mystics @Washington, D.C. 8 PM ET

The Dallas Wings enter the playoffs as the seventh seed after finishing the regular season with a 16-18 overall record. The Wings will be making their first postseason appearance since moving to Dallas last year, and just their second in the franchise’s past eight seasons (Tulsa Shock; Detroit Shock). The visiting Wings will face the Washington Mystics, who landed the sixth seed with an 18-16 finish in the regualr season. With home court advantage, the Mystics and Elena Delle Donne look to boost their chances of advancing in this solid match-up. Dallas however, has had no trouble against the Mystics, taking the regular season series 2-1, winning both meetings at Washington behind Skylar Diggins-Smith (7th in the league at 18.5 ppg). Tonight also marks Diggins-Smith’s first playoff game, after missing their 2015 playoff series with a torn ACL. The winner will meet either the New York Liberty or the Connecticut Sun in a road game Sunday.

GAME 2: #8 Storm vs. #5 Mercury @Tempe, AZ 10 PM ET

The Phoenix Mercury finished fifth in the league this season with a win over the Atlanta Dream Sunday, and Washington’s loss at Minnesota. Both the Mercury and the Mystics finished at 18-16 overall, but Phoenix held the tiebreaker earning them the No. 5 seed (three seeds higher than last year), and hosting priveleges over the Storm. Seattle (15-19) clinched the eighth and final postseason spot on Friday, when Chicago and Atlanta both bowed out. Despite losing that same evening to Washington in an overtime battle, Seattle’s Sue Bird became the WNBA’s All-time Assists Leader passing Ticha Penicheiro, and the Storm finished out the final regular season game on Sunday, with a win. This single-elimination game will be a duel of a match-up between former UConn teammates Bird and Diana Taurasi, who also became a record holder this season as the WNBA’s All-time Scoring Leader. And let’s not forget about both teams’ young bigs: Breanna Stewart and Brittney Griner who lead their squads in points per game and rebounds per game. If Seattle wins tonight, it would play at third-seeded New York on Sunday. Phoenix, with a win, would play at No. 4 Connecticut.

Tune in on ESPN2 for ROUND 1 of the 2017 WNBA Playoffs. #WatchMeWork

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The WNBA Playoffs tip tonight with the SINGLE-ELIMINATION first round on ESPN2. Courtesy photo/WNBA

 

 

Sparks, Mercury Game Preview

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In their final regular season meeting, the Phoenix Mercury (15-15) will host the Los Angeles Sparks (22-8) tonight, in hopes of avoiding a season series sweep by the Sparks.

The sixth place Mercury who have just four games left on the regular season schedule, are likely to make the playoffs despite suffering back to back blowouts at the hands of the No.3 Connecticut Sun, and the No. 1 Minnesota Lynx. Now facing the No. 2 ranked Sparks, the Mercury plan to bounce back with a W, in order to secure their playoff berth. In the 105-69 loss to Minnesota, the Mercury were led by Monique Currie with 14 points. Brittney Griner who returned to action Aug. 12 after knee and ankle injuries, finished with 9 points alongside Leilani Mitchell and Cayla George.

The visiting Sparks have won three straight games and are only 1½ games back from the top ranked Minnesota, who they’ll face-off against Sunday in the teams’ final regular season showdown. In Los Angeles’ most recent victory over San Antonio, Nneka Ogwumike led the Sparks with 22 points and 14 rebounds.

Catch tonight’s game on ESPN 2 at 9:00 p.m. ET.