WNBA Finals 2017: Game 3

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As the 2017 WNBA Finals best of five series shifts to L.A. for Game 3, fans, spectators, and basketball enthusiast alike, will be #WatchingThemWork. Yes, all eyes will be glued on the Los Angeles Sparks and the Minnesota Lynx Friday, at 9 PM ET, when the Lynx visit Staples Center in this tight series.

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Minnesota’s Seimone Augustus and L.A.’s Chelsea Gray scrap for a loose ball in Game 2’s thriller. Courtesy photo/ Scott Takushi: Pioneer Press

WNBA FINALS BEST OF FIVE SERIES

After a heartbreaking one point loss in Game 1 of these Finals that was all too familiar, the Lynx came roaring back to start Game 2; giving the Sparks a taste of their own medicine. Minnesota took a 15-point lead in the first eight minutes, holding Nneka Ogwumike and Candace Parker to a combined 0 for 11 in the first half. League MVP Sylvia Fowles had a record breaking night after the Lynx had a poor effort on the glass in Game 1, where they failed to grab not even one rebound in the opening quarter. Hungry for a win to even the series, Fowles went on to grab 17 boards, a Finals-record formerly held by Taj McWilliams-Franklin (16 rebounds) of the 2005 Connecticut Sun. Fowles and Maya Moore each finished with 13 apiece, while Lindsay Whalen led the Lynx with 14 points in the 70-68 victory.

Lynx outlast Sparks, 70-68. Another down to the wire finish!

In a reverse role-play, the Sparks managed to battle their way back cutting Minnesota’s lead to two after a pair of made free-throws by Candace Parker. With just 14 seconds to make a play, the Sparks made two costly turnovers that lost them a chance at a 2-0 series lead. Parker finished with 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists on the evening. Ogwumike added 11 points and 13 rebounds alongside Game 1 hero, Chelsea Gray’s 15 points.

Looking to rejuvenate themselves in front of their home crowd, the Sparks are still aiming for that back to back chip as Game 3 gets set for tip-off.

Be sure to tune in on ESPN 2, Friday at 9 PM ET.

 

WNBA Playoffs 2017: SEMIFINALS

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With the first two rounds of single-elimination games in the books, its on to the best-of-five semifinals series with Game 1 of both series tipping off Tuesday, on ESPN2. The (6) Washington Mystics vs (1) Minnesota Lynx hit the court at 8 PM ET, followed by the (5) Phoenix Mercury vs (2) Los Angeles Sparks at Staples Center at 10 PM ET.

For the full schedule and updated WNBA Playoff Picture, click here.

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Round 2 Single-Elimination Recap:

#5 Mercury overcome #4 Sun, 88-83

In a nail biter of a game, the Phoenix Mercury battled back from a 17-point deficit, to hold on for the 88-83 victory over the Connecticut Sun. Brittney Griner (26 points, 9 rebounds) and Diana Taurasi (23 points, 4 assists) combined for 49 of the Mercury’s 88 points as Phoenix prepares to make its ninth Semifinals appearance in 11 years. Although the Sun’s season came to an end, the young team definitely has a bright future ahead with stars like Jonquel Jones, who was named 2017 WNBA Most Improved Player of the Year before the game. Much deserved, the sophomore big finished with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Connecticut Head Coach Curt Miller also received accolades as the leagues Coach of the Year and the WNBA’s Inaugural Basketball Executive of the Year award.

#6 Mystics defeat #3 Liberty, 82-68

For the first time since 2002, the Washington Mystics have found their way back to the 2017 WNBA Semifinals. After a tale of two halves, the Mystics bounced back in the third, outscoring New York 25-10. Veteran guard Kristi Toliver hit a WNBA-record nine three-pointers, as she led her squad to victory and finished with a franchise playoff-record 32 points. The Liberty’s season came to an end as Tina Charles posted 18 points in the defeat.

Semifinals Game 1 of Best-of-5 Series on ESPN2:
Game 1: #6 Mystics VS. #1 Lynx @Minnesota, 8 PM ET

After securing the No.1 spot in league standings with a 27-7 regular season record, the Minnesota Lynx are ready to host the Washington Mystics in this best-of-five series. Having swept the Mystics 3-0 in their regular season meetings, the 3x league champions are eyeing their fourth title in seven years. With guard Lindsay Whalen (out since August with hand injury) still questionable, Washington is looking to bring all of Sunday’s sharp-shooting momentum into tonight.

Game 1: #5 Mercury VS. #2 Sparks, @Los Angeles, 10 PM ET

Looking to defend their title, and become the first team in 15 years to win back-to-back championships, the Los Angeles Sparks will host the Phoenix Mercury at 10 PM ET, in the 2017 Semifinals. All-stars and MVPs will clash in this must see series, as teams draw closer to their quest of reaching the WNBA Finals. Having lost all three regular season match-ups against the Sparks this year, Phoenix’s Brittney Griner, Diana Taurasi, and company must come ready to play against the L.A. trio of Nneka Ogwumike, Candace Parker, and Chelsea Gray.

Stay tuned for Game 2 in these Best-of-5 Series on Thursday, Sept. 14, as the WNBA Draft Lottery will also take place during halftime of Washington at Minnesota – Game 2.

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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.