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

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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: SEMIFINALS (Game 2)

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Game 2 ‘s doubleheader in the best-of-five Semifinals of the 2017 WNBA Playoffs air tonight on ESPN 2, beginning with the Mystics & Lynx at 8 PM ET, followed by the Mercury and the Sparks at 10 PM ET. Minnesota and Los Angeles hold a 1-0 lead in their respective series.

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SEMIFINALS BEST OF 5 SERIES ON ESPN 2:
Minnesota Lynx vs Washington Mystics (Lynx:1-0)

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

Game 2: After a strong showing by top ranked Minnesota, who took Game 1 over the Mystics, the Lynx are back and ready to dominate in Game 2. Seimone Augustus led all scorers with 24 points on 11 of 17 shooting in the first meeting of this series; Sylvia Fowles, this years WNBA MVP, added 18 points and 7 rebounds to the victory. With a shot to bounce back and stay alive in this series, the Mystics will need everyone to step up in Game 2. Elena Delle Donne finished with 17 points for Washington, while Krisiti Toliver who had a record setting 32 points in Round 2’s single-elimination game versus New York, was held to just 3 points, Tuesday. Tune in tonight at 8 PM ET on ESPN 2, and be sure to stick around for the 2017 WNBA Draft Lottery at halftime of this match-up.

Los Angeles Sparks vs Phoenix Mercury (Sparks: 1-0)

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

Game 2: After a battle between these two physical teams, the defending champs: Los Angeles, came a way with the ‘W’ to take a 1-0 lead against the Mercury. Brittney Griner finished with 18 points after fouling out with 4:44 left in the game. Diana Taurasi was held to just 6 points on the evening after Sparks guard, and Defensive Player of the Year, Alana Beard turned up the heat, pressuring the All-time leading scorer. The Sparks’ defense will once again be key to holding the Mercury off in hopes of returning to the WNBA Finals. Check out this match-up at 10 PM ET on ESPN 2.

 

 

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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