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.

Sparks, Liberty Game Preview

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The Los Angeles Sparks (19-7) visit the New York Liberty (14-12) at Madison Square Garden this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Los Angeles defeated the Liberty back on Aug.4 in an 87-74 victory at Staples Center. Looking to sweep New York in this season series, the Sparks will use the momentum of Friday’s win over the Minnesota Lynx to secure another road win as they approach the latter half of a five-game road trip. The Sparks held the Lynx to just 8 points in the third quarter, as Chelsea Gray led the way with 23 points. Candace Parker finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

New York enters today’s contest after two straight wins. On Friday, the Liberty pulled out an 83-77 win over Atlanta after the Dream cut it to just one in the fourth quarter. Shavonte Zellous had a game-high 20 points, and Tina Charles tallied 15 points and 8 rebounds for the win.

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Fever, Liberty Game Preview

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With the long road trip behind them, the New York Liberty (12-12) return to Madison Square Garden to take on the Indiana Fever (9-17) tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET.

New York who hasn’t seen their home floor since July 19, went 2-3 on their recent five-game road trip as they approach the final 10 games of the regular season. The Liberty have had a challenging schedule this year, but continue to stay positive down the stretch. In Friday’s 87-74 loss to Los Angeles, Bria Hartley paced New York with 16 points. Tina Charles finished with 10.

The last time New York saw Indiana (July 28), they were able to hold on for the 85-84 win. However, Indiana is coming into tonight’s match-up with a wave of confidence after knocking off the No.1 Minnesota Lynx in a thrilling 84-82 victory. Candice Dupree led Indiana with 31 points and 9 rebounds to put an end to the team’s five-game losing streak. Forward Erlana Larkins sealed the Sunday night victory with a put back bucket finishing with 7, while Briann January added 14 points and 6 assists. Looking to carry that momentum to New York, the Fever will try to even out this season series 1-1.

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