WNBA Playoffs 2017: SEMIFINALS (Game 3) 

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The Los Angeles Sparks and the Minnesota Lynx have taken a commanding 2-0 lead in their respective series, as they look to have a repeat showdown of last years WNBA Finals.

Game 3s in the best-of-five Semifinals, tip today on ESPN, with Minnesota at Washington at 3 PM ET, and Los Angeles at Phoenix at 5 PM ET. To force Game 4s and keep their seasons alive, the Mystics and the Mercury are in a do or die situation; With their backs against the wall, it’s win BIG or go home.

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The Lynx and the Sparks are just one win away from a Finals rematch. Courtesy photos/WNBA

Check out the full updated schedule and WNBA Playoff Picture here.

SEMIFINALS BEST OF 5 SERIES ON ESPN:

MINNESOTA LYNX VS. WASHINGTON MYSTICS (LYNX 2-0)

Game 1: #1 Lynx defeat #6 Mystics, 101-81

Game 2: #1 Lynx outlast #6 Mystics, 93-83

Game 3: Up 2-0, the Lynx hit the road at Washington Sunday, to finish what they started; just one game away from the 2017 WNBA Finals and another chance at calling themselves champions. With a win today, Minnesota looks to reach their 6th Finals in 7 years. This years league MVP, Sylvia Fowles, put up 25 points to lead the Lynx in Game 2’s victory. Maya Moore also added 22 points. The Mystics were led by Elena Delle Donne and Kristi Toliver who scored 25 points a piece in Washington’s loss. Game 3 will be a crucial match-up for both squads, and Washington will have a chance to steal one at home to keep their postseason alive. Tune in on ESPN at 3PM ET, for an exciting battle.

LOS ANGELES SPARKS VS. PHOENIX MERCURY (SPARKS 2-0)

Game 1: #2 Sparks beat #5 Mercury, 79-66

Game 2: #2 Sparks defeat #5 Mercury, 86-72

Game 3: The defending champs have been successful thus far in the defense of their WNBA title, as they inch closer to a return trip to the Finals. Taking Game 2 against the Mercury Thursday, the deep roster of Los Angeles along with their core players showed why they are destined for more greatness. Candace Parker had a big outing finishing with 24 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists. Odyssey Sims also pitched in 21 points, and Nneka Ogwumike contributed 18. Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi led the Mercury with 21 points after a low scoring Game 1 against Defensive Player of the Year, Alana Beard. With Beard in early foul trouble, the All-time scorer took advantage, but still the Mercury came up short. If Phoenix has any chance of slowing up the Sparks, minimizing their turnovers and L.A.’s second chance points in the paint is a must.

Catch the 2017 WNBA Semifinals doubleheader on ESPN, to find out if the Mystics and the Mercury can turn things around.


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, Mystics Game Preview

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The visiting Los Angeles Sparks (19-8) take on the Washington Mystics (16-10) tonight as the Sparks hope to sweep the Mystics in this season series.

Los Angeles had home advantage when they defeated Washington in their previous two meetings, back on May 19 and July 2. In the latter match-up, Candace Parker finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds after her team trailed 47-30 at halftime. With a 2-0 season series lead, the Sparks look to cap off their third and final meeting of the Mystics with a win, despite coming off a loss to the New York Liberty. Sunday’s 83-69 defeat gave the Sparks their second loss of three games on a five-game road trip. Parker finished with 14 points going 4 for 12 from the field, while Odyssey Sims tallied 18 points in the Sparks’ loss.

Meanwhile, Washington is coming off two straight victories at home as they aim to avoid being swept by the Sparks tonight, and lock in a ticket to the playoffs. Just 1½ games ahead of the Liberty for fourth place in league standings, the Mystics are going for their third straight win in a four game home-stand. The top four teams receive a bye into the second round of the playoffs. Despite another ‘rain’ delay from a leaky roof, the Mystics were able to pour on the offense against Indiana and sail to a 100-80 victory. Krystal Thomas scored a season-high 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, and Emma Meesseman finished with 15.

Check out tonight’s match-up on ESPN 2 at 7:00 p.m. ET.