The WNBA Playoffs are in full swing, and so far, it’s everything we imagined it would be. Exciting. Riveting. Competitive. Edge-of-your-seat action. Tonight kicks off round 2 of the playoffs: the conference finals. Elena Delle Donne and the Chicago Skye will face Tameka Catchings and the Indiana Fever for the East, while Maya and the Lynx will face Diana, BG, and the rest of the Phoenix Mercury for the rights to the West. While I’m hyped for both, there’s something about that Western Conference Final that has my level of excitement on 1000!!
Simply put: this is the matchup I’ve been waiting for. In a perfect world, these two teams would NOT be in the same conference, because a series like this is Championship caliber. In the meantime, we can look forward to an amazing athletic performance and sure-fire SportsCenter highlights. The Minnesota Lynx (25-9) have the new league MVP Maya Moore, along with a a dynamic PG Lindsay Whalen, offensive assassin Seimone Augustus, and one of the deepest benches in the league. Moore is coming off the best season of her career, setting a new record for the most 30-plus point games, which included a 48pt. performance. She is one of the fiercest players in the league, who’s speed, offense, and ability to play pretty much any position during any possession makes her practically unguardable. As for Phoenix, having this year’s Defensive Player of the Year, the 6’8″ powerhouse Brittney Griner, isn’t a bad thing either. BG, along with Diana “White Mamba” Taurasi, make up one of the toughest, well-rounded duos in the WNBA. I’ve had the pleasure of watching the Mercury when they came to Madison Square Garden to play the Liberty, and Griner IS the defense. Nothing or no one got too far into the paint because of her undeniable presence and strength. I mean…she did set the record for the most blocks (11) in a single game. Along with the White Mamba, a veteran player who is still a difference maker and offensive juggernaut, a talented team, and this year’s coach of the year, Sandy Brondello, the Lynx may have their work cut out for them.
Now that I’ve laid out the basic background info, here is the schedule for both of the series:
Western Conference Finals
Game 1: Fri August 29 Minnesota at Phoenix 10:00PM NBA TV
Game 2: Sun August 31 Phoenix at Minnesota 3:30PM ABC
Game 3: (if needed) Tue September 2 Minnesota at Phoenix 10:00PM NBA TV
Eastern Conference Finals
Game 1: Sat August 30 Chicago at Indiana 7pm, NBA TV
Game 2: Mon September 1 Indiana at Chicago 4pm, NBA TV
Game 3: (if needed) Wed September 3 Chicago at Indiana 7pm, NBA TV
I know…I know….it’s Friday. It’s Labor Day weekend. And here in NY, the weather is absolute perfection. However, matchups like this don’t come around often, and I promise you this is a serious you don’t want to miss! May the best team win!
(*cough* Queen Maya*cough)