I know we are all a little oversaturated with sports right now with both the NBA and NHL in their late stages of playoffs as well as MLB’s playoff push that’s about to begin. And don’t forget spring/summer events like the Kentucky Derby filling in holes and making headlines. Oh yeah, and have you heard that all versions of football are back?!
So it’s somewhat easy to understand how the amazing ladies of the WNBA may have gotten lost in the shuffle. But never fear, we are here to keep you updated on the amazing things that this league has been up to over the last few months. Like it or not.
The members of the “Wubble” have been producing greatness both on and off the court as they begin their playoffs going from a field of 12 down to 8. After a pair of single-elimination games on Tuesday, Diana Taurasi lead the Phoenix Mercury to a match up with the Minnesota Lynx on Thursday night, where the Mercury lost by one point. And Alyssa Thomas and the Connecticut Sun had a convincing victory over the Chicago Sky to force a meeting with Candace Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks.
Wubbles Weeble But They Never Fall
Top-Seeds Las Vegas and Seattle earned a double-bye to go straight to semi-finals which is good for Storm superstars Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart who are respectively nursing knee and foot injuries. It also bodes well for those two teams seeing as the WNBA champs have been the 1 or 2 seed since the league moved to this playoff format in 2016.
With no homecourt advantage in the Wubble, it may be slightly harder to predict who will come out victorious in the 5 game series. If Seattle can’t get Bird and Breanna fully healthy I would expect newly appointed league MVP A’ja Wilson and the Aces to have a fairly clear path to claim their first WNBA Championship in franchise history. Plus, they have former Detroit Shock head coach and Bad Boy Bill Laimbeer and his newly trimmed hair at the helm. So they are in good hands.
If you haven’t tuned in before and have a chance to catch the remarkable things these women are doing I highly recommend it. Do you know what else I highly recommend? Arresting the cops who murdered Breonna Taylor.
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