Sue Bird lit it up and the end of the 4th quarter to get the Storm to the finals. Now after one game, the Storm find themselves looking to sweep the Mystics at home and go on the road up 2-0.
It wasn’t that the Mystics were not prepared. ESPN’s Mechelle Voepel reports that rookie Ariel Atkins scored 30% of the Mystics points with 23. But it wouldn’t be enough as The Storm shot 54.7% from the field, with Jewell Loyd, Breanna Stewart, and Natasha Howard combining for 64. Seattle would be able to coast and comfortably win 89 – 76.
2015 MVP Elena Delle Donne also showed poise when responding to concerns about a bone bruise in her knee:
“We can talk about my knee after this series,” Delle Donne said. “Excuses are for losers. If I wanted to be 100 percent, I wouldn’t have come back. So I knew coming into this thing I was going to have to figure out a different way to play.”
Side note, I can’t recall many NBA players that would say “excuses are for losers” when talking to the media. Or in general.
The Storm will continue their gameplay at 12:30 PM September 9, 2018.
WNBA Finals Setup
The WNBA employs a similar version of the NBA’s home and away schedule. However, instead of a best of 7, the WNBA uses a 2-2-1 schedule. While the WNBA has changed some of their playoff rules in 2016, the 2-2-1 has been in effect since 2005.