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2022 WNBA playoffs: Schedule, bracket, watch online, TV channel, start times for postseason

The 2022 WNBA playoffs got underway in thrilling fashion on Wednesday night, because the NY Liberty closed on a 13-0 run to stun the defending champion Chicago Sky in Game 1 of these first-round series. Down the road, the NEVADA Aces pulled from the Phoenix Mercury to secure a cushty win and have a 1-0 lead for the reason that matchup.

Another new playoff format will debut this season, because the league has scrapped the first- and second-round byes and only a typical three-round bracket format. The initial round will undoubtedly be best-of-three, as the semifinals and Finals will undoubtedly be best-of-five.

You’ll want to note the initial round series’ use a 2-1 format, this means the bigger seed will host Games 1 and 2, as the lower seeded team will host Game 3, if necessary. The semifinals and Finals, though, use a typical 2-2-1 format, with the bigger seed hosting Games 1, 2 and 5, if necessary, and the low seed hosting Games 3 and 4, if necessary.

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2022 WNBA playoffs bracket

Here is a consider the entire schedule:

First round (best-of-three)

Wednesday, Aug. 17 (Game 1s)

  • Liberty 98, Sky 91 (Liberty lead 1-0)
  • Aces 79, Mercury 63 (Aces lead 1-0)

Thursday, Aug. 18 (Game 1s)

  • No. 6 Dallas Wings at No. 3 Connecticut Sun, 8 p.m. ET — ESPNU/NBA TV (fuboTV — try free of charge)
  • No. 5 Washington Mystics at No. 4 Seattle Storm, 10 p.m. ET — ESPN2 (fuboTV —try free of charge)

Saturday, Aug. 20 (Game 2s)

  • No. 7 NY Liberty at No. 2 Chicago Sky, 12 p.m. ET — ESPN (fuboTV —try free of charge)
  • No. 8 Phoenix Mercury at No. 1 NEVADA Aces, 9 p.m. ET — ESPN2 (fuboTV —try free of charge)

Sunday, Aug. 21 (Game 2s)

  • No. 6 Dallas Wings at No. 3 Connecticut Sun, 12 p.m. ET — ABC (fuboTV —try free of charge)
  • No. 5 Washington Mystics at No. 4 Seattle Storm, 4 p.m. ET — ESPN (fuboTV —try free of charge)

Tuesday, Aug. 23 (Game 3s)*

  • No. 2 Chicago Sky at No. 7 NY Liberty, TBD — TBD
  • No. 1 NEVADA Aces at Phoenix Mercury, TBD — TBD

If necessary

Wednesday, Aug. 24 (Game 3s)*

  • No. 3 Connecticut Sun at No. 6 Dallas Wings, TBD — TBD
  • No. 4 Seattle Storm at No. 5 Washington Mystics, TBD — TBD

If necessary

Semifinals (best-of-five)

Sunday, Aug. 28 (Game 1s)

  • TBD vs. TBD
  • TBD vs. TBD

Wednesday, Aug. 31 (Game 2s)

  • TBD vs. TBD
  • TBD vs. TBD

Sunday, Sept. 4 (Game 3s)

  • TBD vs. TBD
  • TBD vs. TBD

Tuesday, Sept. 6 (Game 4s)*

  • TBD vs. TBD
  • TBD vs. TBD

Thursday, Sept. 8 (Game 5s)*

  • TBD vs. TBD
  • TBD vs. TBD

If necessary

Finals (best-of-five)

Sunday, Sept. 11 (Game 1)

  • TBD vs. TBD

Tuesday, Sept. 13 (Game 2)

  • TBD vs. TBD

Thursday, Sept. 15 (Game 3)

  • TBD vs. TBD

Sunday, Sept. 18 (Game 4)*

  • TBD vs. TBD

Tuesday, Sept. 20 (Game 5)*

  • TBD vs. TBD

If necessary

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