The Seattle Storm have swept the Las Vegas Aces in three games to win their fourth WNBA title. Even more impressive is that the Storm has now won 11 consecutive WNBA Finals games.
Making quick work of the Minnesota Lynx in the semifinals, the Storm were ready and waiting for the West’s #1-seed Las Vegas Aces and their MVP Superstar, A’ja Wilson.
Seattle wasted no time in Game 1, jumping out to a 17-point lead at the half that the Aces wouldn’t be able to overcome. In that Game 1 victory, Sue Bird dished out 16 assists, setting a new career-high, and a WNBA playoff record.
Adding to the offensive onslaught from the Storm, were Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd, who had a combined 65 points. Stewart and Loyd accounted for more than two-thirds of Seattle’s points. The Storm was clicking on offense, and their defense wasn’t too shabby either.
Game 2 was more of the same, as the Storm held Vegas stars Wilson, Angel McCoughtry, and Kayla McBride to a combined 51 points. Bird continued to run the Storm offense through herself, with 10 assists on the night. The Storm also countered with an offense that utilized Alysha Clark, who, thanks to the Aces’ focus on Stewart and Loyd, was able to go off. Clark and center Natasha Howard were key to the Storm’s Game 2 win, as they moved closer to their title win.
And then in the final game, as both teams returned from the locker rooms at halftime, the Storm decided to leave no doubt, outscoring the Aces by 18 in the third quarter. The writing was on the wall and as the Storm went up by almost 30 points in the fourth, the celebrations began.
In a world that seems to play out like a Stephen King novel on a daily basis, the WNBA has found its light. This series saw three generational talents go head-to-head on the league’s biggest stage. With talents like Sabrina Ionescu, Crystal Dangerfield, Napheesa Collier, Stewart, and Wilson all coming into the game in the last three years, it’s only a matter of time before they’re taking the torch from players like Bird, McCoughtry, Candace Parker, and Elena Delle Donne.
The WNBA might be meeting their new converts at the end of their season, but the league is beginning another rise into the collective sports consciousness.
And it’s about time.
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