By Rick Bouch
It all comes down to this. Las Vegas and Seattle will meet in a best-of-five series to determine the 2020 WNBA champion. They were the two best teams all season, both finishing with 18-4 regular season records. The Aces got the top seed in the playoffs by virtue of their two wins over the Storm in the regular season.
Seattle star Breanna Stewart missed one of those games and guard Sue Bird missed both. Having both healthy could make a difference for the Storm. WNBA MVP Aâ€™ja Wilson will definitely be a key piece for the Aces. Wilson averaged 20.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game for Las Vegas. Seattle would do well to try and keep Wilson from getting to the free throw line. In games where Wilson attempts at least 10 free throws, the Aces are 7-0.
While the WNBA Finals take place, you can still play along with She Plays fantasy games. The Playoffs Bracket, Moneyball, and the 3-Point Draw Down are all set and ready to go when you are. Get in on the action and enjoy the WNBA finals even more!
WNBA FINALS SCHEDULE
- Seattle vs. Las Vegas â€“ Game 1, Friday, October 2 at 7pm ET (ESPN2)
- Seattle vs. Las Vegas â€“ Game 2, Sunday, October 4 at 3pm ET (ABC)
- Las Vegas vs. Seattle â€“ Game 3, Tuesday, October 6 at 7pm ET (ESPN)
- Las Vegas vs. Seattle â€“ Game 4, Thursday, October 8 at 7pm ET (ESPN2)*
- Seattle vs. Las Vegas â€“ Game 5, Sunday, October 11 at 3pm ET (ABC)*
The Playoffs Bracket challenge is now down to two. Will it be Seattle or Las Vegas? The series features two of the last three league MVPs in Wilson and Stewart. Both will counted on to lead their respective teams to the title. That is something that Stewart has done before. Wilson has not.
Seattle defeated Washington in three games in the 2018 WNBA Finals. Stewart earned the Finals MVP to go along with her league MVP that year. She is averaging 23 points and 8 rebounds a game in the postseason thus far, but the key for the Storm could be the backcourt of Sue Bird and Jewell Lloyd.
Bird averages 11.3 points and 7.3 assists and Lloyd scores 17.3 points and grabs 5.0 rebounds per game this postseason. Slowing them down will be no easy task. The Aces will counter with Angel McCoughtry (16.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.6 apg) who will have to pick up some of the slack left by Dearica Hamby who will miss the Finals with an injury.
This should be a great WNBA Finals. Choose wisely!
The Moneyball fantasy game puts you to the test. You will pick winners for all the games, plus youâ€™ll pick four players that will score points for you based on their individual performances. In addition, you pick a Moneyball category â€“ the player whose stats you think will be the best â€“ and you score double the points!
For Vegas, Wilson and McCoughtry are no-brainers. For Seattle, Stewart is a must-have, but the fourth player is a tricky one. Lloyd has had good numbers in the postseason, but Bird could shine as well. Donâ€™t forget Alysha Clark (9.0 ppg, 6.7 rpg) who could have a big game at any time. The same is true for the Aces where the fourth player could be Danielle Robinson who does score in double figures (10.2) and averages 4.4 rebounds per game.
Who will make the most threes? Lloyd is 8-of-15 in the postseason and Bird has been letting them fly from long-range, but she hasnâ€™t been shooting well. The Storm guard is just 7-of-24 (29%) in the playoffs. Stewart has had similar struggles, hitting just 4-of-14 from behind the arc. Maybe that will change in the finals. You have to like McCoughtry too. She is shooting 46 percent (5-of-11) from three-point range in the postseason.
So thatâ€™s it! Choose wisely, get your picks in before tip-off tonight, and enjoy the 2020 WNBA Championship series!