The 2021 WNBA Playoffs deserve your attention: effective immediately. Wednesday features two key game fours with Brittney Griner-sized stakes on the line. The Connecticut Sun play the Chicago Sky and the Phoenix Mercury hosts the Las Vegas Aces.
How We Got Here
The WNBA Playoffs have been nothing short of exhilarating. Chicago and Phoenix currently sit just one win away from a Finals appearance. But both teams began their playoff journey with two rounds of single-elimination games.
Then in the second round, Phoenix moved on to play Seattle in a rematch of the 2018 semifinals. The rematch meant the world had at least one more chance to watch Diana Taurasi go up against Sue Bird.
In a game without Seattle’s 2018 MVP, Breanna Stewart, Phoenix narrowly won 85-80 in overtime. Chicago on the other hand, won by double digits again, but this time against third-seed Minnesota, 89-76.
Last Step Before the Finals
Finally, Chicago and Phoenix reached the semifinals to advance past single-elimination. Their prize: a best-of-five series against top-seeds Connecticut and Las Vegas.
In game one of Connecticut/Chicago, the Sky outlasted the Sun, 101-95. It was the best game of the postseason: a double-overtime thriller. Shortly thereafter, another tightly contested game saw the Aces take down the Mercury, 96-90.
Game two wrote a different script, leaving everyone hoping these series would never end. Connecticut handled Chicago, 79-68 and Phoenix blasted the Aces, 117-91 to tie both series at 1-1. Leading to the all-so-influential game threes. Game three would put two teams just a win away from the Finals and leave two teams a game from elimination.
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Where We Stand Now
Both of these best-of-five series reach potential clinchers, but the teams on the brink of elimination come as a surprise.
The one-seed Connecticut Sun as well as the two-seed Las Vegas Aces each find themselves on the edge. And at the hands of two of the lower seeds in the playoffs.
On the Brink: Game Four!
WNBA MVP, Jonquel Jones, and the top-seed Connecticut Sun as well as 2019 MVP, A’ja Wilson, and the two-seed Las Vegas Aces stand just one game from either game five or saying, “See ya next year.”
While the Chicago Sky along with its offseason expectations and the Phoenix Mercury after their injury-plagued first-half of the season both sit just a win from meeting each other in the WNBA Finals.
Wednesday night in the WNBA is a big one. The fifth- and sixth-seeds have commanded the respect of its opponents. Now it’s time for them to command your respect in extremely consequential game fours.
Back-to-back games on ESPN, check out to the best the WNBA has to offer starting Wednesday, October 5th at 8 p.m.
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