WNBA Season Tip-off

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With the 2018 WNBA season tipping off tonight and a full schedule of games on Sunday, fans are in for a treat this summer as we watch these teams work.

The Dallas Wings and Phoenix Mercury will open the season tonight in Phoenix, after teams finalized their rosters on Thursday. The Wings return Skylar Diggins-Smith and reigning Rookie of the Year Allisha Gray. Dallas also welcomes international center, Liz Cambage who joins the team after a long absence from the W. Cambage adds a much needed post presence to the floor giving the Wings a chance to battle against teams with bigs like Griner.

The Mercury return last years WNBA scoring leader Brittney Griner (21.9 ppg) along with veteran sharp shooter Diana Taurasi. Phoenix will definitely be a squad to contend with after adding pieces like point guard Briann January, and the return of DeWanna Bonner who can score, rebound, and run the floor.

Don’t miss this matchup on NBA TV tonight at 10 PM ET.

Check out wnba.com for the full schedule of Sunday’s action of #WNBAAllDay.

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.


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.