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WNBA Finals Preview: Aces Are Wild

The WNBA Finals Matchup is finally set and the Las Vegas Aces are headed there for the first time. They face an experienced and formidable foe in the Seattle Storm as the 5 game series kicks off Friday night.

WNBA Finals Preview: Aces Are Wild

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The WNBA Finals are upon us and the matchup is finally set. If you haven’t been paying attention until now it’s somewhat understandable seeing as how we are in sports overload at the moment. But if you need a bit of palate cleanser check out the ladies featured in this monster matchup.

#1 Las Vegas Aces v #2 Seattle Storm

The top-seeded Aces fought off a tough Connecticut Sun team that was looking for redemption and pushed them the brink of elimination in their 5 game series. Vegas was able to hold on and squeak out a 66-63 victory in game 5. League MVP A’ja Wilson and Angel McCoughtry combined for 43 points, 14 rebounds, and 7 assists in Tuesday’s decisive game to send the Aces to their first-ever WNBA Finals.

On the other side, they are facing a Seattle Storm team that had not only been to the finals as recently as 2018 but also had won it the same year. In fact, they are looking for their fourth title in franchise history. They also are home to 2018 Finals MVP Breanna Stewart, All first defensive team selection Alysha Clark, and last year’s Defensive Player of the Year, Natasha Howard. Oh, and I haven’t even mentioned the GOAT, Sue Bird. Suffice to say, this Seattle team is stacked.

And they will have their hands full defending against A’ja Wilson. The 2020 MVP is averaging 21.8 points and 10.8 rebounds a game, which is better than her regular-season numbers. They’ll also have to contend with Jewell Loyd and her monster playoff run. She has managed to overshadow the duo of Stewie and Sue for the Storm and lead Seattle’s offense in their sweep of Minnesota.

This is about as even of a matchup as you could look for in the Finals. I think Seattle has the edge but the Aces will be hungry for their first championship and are lead by a head coach who knows a thing or two about titles. Bill Laimbeer won two as the baddest of Bad Boys and also has proven that he can coach champions in the WNBA as well. He also won three as coach of the Detroit Shock (now the Dallas Wings), so it’s not his first rodeo.

You can catch the WNBA Finals on the ABC/ESPN family network starting Friday October 2nd.

An actor by degree, sports lover by day, and a bartender by night. As a native of suburban Detroit it took moving to NYC for Katie to fully realize her love of all things Michigan and Detroit sports. Feel free to engage her in her love of the coolest city and prettiest state in the country and why she will always root for Ohio State to lose every sporting event ever. No, really I am dead serious about that last statement.

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