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WNBA Playoffs: Storming Ahead

With the Storm up 2-0 in the series does Minnesota have what it takes to pull out a major comeback?

Sue Bird by Lorie Schaull is licensed under CC BY SA-4.0

WNBA Playoffs: Storming Ahead

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The WNBA should be on your radar. If it’s not for the way they’ve used their platform to fight for social justice and stand against systemic racism, then it should be because these women BALL OUT.

I will be the first person to say that I don’t know the game of basketball better than I know the USWNT, but the WNBA is delivering and they’re doing it without your knowledge. The WNBA is truly dancing like no one is watching, but in this case, you very much should be paying attention.

Let’s dive deep into the second semifinal series!

#2 Seattle Storm vs. #5 Minnesota Lynx

A two seed versus five seed should make for a fairly evenly matched series and so far that has proven true.

Game 1

Tuesday night came down to the wire as Napheesa Collier and the Lynx came up just short at the buzzer falling to the Storm 88-86. Collier had an impressive game and led Minnesota with 25 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 blocks. Rookie of the year Crystal Dangerfield was held to just 4 points, which is her lowest scoring total since she faced the Storm on July 28th.

On the other side, it was Jewell Loyd that shined the brightest for the Storm. She went 8 for 9 from the field and 5 of 6 from the foul line to lead Seattle with 25 points. The rest allowed from the double-bye helped both Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird to get back on the court. Stewie was right behind Loyd with 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 assists while Bird had 11 points, 8 assists, and 3 rebounds in 27 1/2 minutes.

Game 2

Seattle came out swinging again in the second game of the series on Thursday night with a convincing 89-79 win. Jewell Loyd again led the charge for Seattle, putting up 20 points. Napheesa Collier got herself into foul trouble early on and became much of a non factor for Minnesota. In the long run it was the depth of the Storm’s bench that was the biggest X factor, and it helped propel an otherwise quiet night from the starters. With last night’s win, the Storm are poised to potentially sweep the Lynx on Sunday.

It could be tough for Minnesota to pull out 3 straight wins to take the series as they are without their superstar after Maya Moore, who decided to sit out the 2019 season and this years “Wubble” to help overturn the wrongful conviction of Jonathan Irons. And because we all need some good news these days, she not only helped to get him released after 2 decades, but the two then subsequently tied the knot. If that doesn’t warm at least one little part of your cold heart then I’m not sure what will.

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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