The WNBA Playoffs are finally here! And, the league is in its second year under a new format, where 8 teams are scaled down by single elimination beginning rounds! So, as you gear up for the Playoffs, here’s everything you need to know!
This is what we’ve all been waiting for! The WNBA Playoffs kick off on Sept. 6 and we’re just a day away from all of the action! What exactly is the new Playoff format? Where can I get the schedule? How can I watch? — We’ve got you covered! Here’s your complete WNBA Playoffs guide.
The new format — This will be the second year the Playoffs will feature the eight teams with the highest regular-season winning percentages regardless of conference, seeded based on their record. In the four-round competition, the top two seeds will earn a bye to the semifinals [third round] and the third and fourth seeds will receive a bye to the second round. The first and second rounds are single elimination, while the semifinals and Finals are a best-of-five format. Teams will be reseeded after each round.
ESPN’s live coverage of the Playoffs [presented by Verizon] will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 6, with a first-round, single-elimination doubleheader on ESPN2; the Dallas Wings will visit the Washington Mystics at 8 PM ET, followed by the Seattle Storm at the Phoenix Mercury at 10 PM. For the full WNBA Playoffs schedule and all things playoffs head over to espnW!
Special Events — Rebecca Lobo, a former University of Connecticut, USA Basketball and WNBA star [and current ESPN analyst], will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 8. Then, on Sunday, Sept. 10, segments of her Hall of Fame speech will be highlighted on ESPN’s WNBA Playoffs coverage. Lastly, Mechelle Voepel will profile Lobo for espnW.
The WNBA has even added major production enhancements — Every game of this year’s postseason will air on the ESPN networks, with additional insight. Coaches will be mic’d up during the first and second rounds and semifinals of the Playoffs. And, coaches and select players will be mic’d up during The Finals. Then, the 2017 WNBA Draft Lottery will air at halftime during ESPN2’s Playoffs coverage on Thursday, Sept. 14.
And our favorite part, the celeb sightings — You can bet the stars will show out for the WNBA Playoffs, since they’ve already supported the women during the regular season. Justin Bieber and Chelsea Clinton both supported the NY Liberty players at the Garden; Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay and her fiancé, Bryan Abasolo attended a Dallas Wings game and even hung with the Wings players; And, a big WNBA supporter, Kobe Bryant, took in numerous LA Sparks games with his daughters! So, you only imagine who’s going to turn out for the Playoffs. Click through our above gallery to see more photos from the regular season!
HollywoodLifers, who do you think will win it all?