What a great weekend of games for WNBA fans!
I felt like every team performed at playoff level — and that made for some exciting basketball. Most of the games were nail-biters. In the West, seeds weren’t set until Sunday, when the San Antonio Silver Stars scrapped their way to third seed with two last-second buckets from Sophia Young.
In the East, everything flip-flopped so that the Washington Mystics grabbed first seed (for the first time in its history) and Indiana slipped to third. Friday’s game between the Mystics and New York Liberty was as good as it gets, with 13,000+ fans in the stands to watch.
The Connecticut Sun came in Sunday with guns a-blazing to teach New York a lesson, despite not having a seed to win, but Cappie Pondexter wasn’t about to be schooled.
She had 31 points, six of which were in overtime, and the Sun lost by one. Still, the Sun has a better record than all but the first seed in the West. (And if Tina Charles doesn’t win Rookie of the Year, I’ll eat pickled beets from the jar.)
Here’s the bracket.
Wednesday, we have Atlanta at Washington in the East and LA at Seattle in the West. Thursday is Indiana at NY in the East and San Antonio at Phoenix in the West.
And friends, all bets are off.
We’re also coming up on awards and MVP is anything but a lock. I know some of you will automatically say LJ, and Jackson definitely has had an MVP year. But so have Catchings, Pondexter, Fowles and McCoughtry. Taurasi has, too, but the Merc’s record may cloud her performance.
I think this calls for a poll.
Vote before Midnight Wednesday, then weigh in with your thoughts on the playoffs. We’ll have more on the players to watch later in the week.
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