The last we spoke, the WNBA playoffs were just getting started. Four teams were heading into the single elimination round. Only two came out, the Phoenix Mercury and Washington Mystics, leaving four teams left to fight it out for the Finals. Today, we’re four games into the five-game semifinals with both series (Seattle vs. Phoenix and Atlanta vs. Washington) tied 2-2.
Once again, this is proving to be one of the best WNBA seasons.
Seattle vs. Phoenix
Here’s the deal, Phoenix is the more experienced team. Seattle is a young, inexperienced team and while that inexperience may have played in their favor during the season, it has certainly played against them during the last four games. Don’t get me wrong, they have been playing great games. But when you look at game one, for example, when they let Phoenix nix (see what I did there? See?) their large lead down to two points in the third and fourth quarters, well…their inexperience showed. Much of that decline was a result of their inability to stop Phoenix center Brittney Griner. Griner has been “a monster” for Phoenix in both rounds so far. Seriously, if you caught any of the four games, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. The Phoenix are still in it after losing the first two games because Griner. Will Griner be able to help the Phoenix close it out?
Atlanta vs. Washington
Washington is…well, they’re all worried about Elena Delle Donne who missed the third game of the series with a bone bruise in her left knee. Delle Donne returned Sunday night for game four and while not her compete self, she finished the game with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Most importantly, she provided a ton of help to her team mates who all stepped up to help keep the team alive, evening the series 2-2. As for the Dream? Well Atlanta was probably worried about Renee Montgomery at the end of the third game. The usually reliable Montgomery missed all four attempted three-point shots. The good news is that Montgomery made not one, not two, not three, but eight 3-pointers in game four. While it looked as if Atlanta would take the series early on, they’ve been rocky the last two games, even with their fantastic-due, Elizabeth Williams and Jessica Breland. Their problem? Penalties and a lack of concentration, at least that’s my perspective. We have one more game to watch before final opinions can be formed.
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