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WNBA Playoff Bracket 2022: Semifinals Matchups, TV, Live Stream Schedule

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And there have been four.

The defending champions, the No. 1 overall seed, a retiring legend and a challenger searching for its first title in franchise history advanced to the semifinals of the WNBA playoffs.

The top-seeded NEVADA Aces had little trouble with the Phoenix Mercury and can now face the Seattle Storm after Sue Bird and Co. eliminated the Washington Mystics. On the far side of the bracket may be the defending-champion Chicago Sky, which had a need to win two straight contests, including a decisive Game 3 on the highway, against the NY Liberty to advance.

Chicago will face the Connecticut Sun once they defeated the Dallas Wings in Wednesday’s win-or-go home Game 3 to get rid of the initial round.

Unlike the pressure-packed opening round with little room for error in a best-of-three format, the semifinals are best-of-five series with the team with the higher record hosting Games 1, 2 and 5.

This is a consider the full schedule for both matchups that may determine the participants in the 2022 WNBA Finals.


WNBA Playoff Semifinals Schedule

Sunday, Aug. 28

  • Game 1: Seattle Storm at NEVADA Aces at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN and Watch ESPN
  • Game 1:Connecticut Sun at Chicago Sky at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN 2 andWatch ESPN

Wednesday, Aug. 31

  • Game 2:Connecticut Sun at Chicago Sky at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN 2 watching ESPN
  • Game 2: Seattle Storm at NEVADA Aces at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN 2 andWatch ESPN

Sunday, Sept. 4

  • Game 3: Chicago Sky atConnecticut Sun at 1 p.m. ETon ESPN 2 watching ESPN
  • Game 3: NEVADA Aces at Seattle Storm at 3 p.m. ET on ABC watching ESPN

Tuesday, Sept. 6

  • Game 4 (if necessary):NEVADA Aces at Seattle Storm at TBDon ESPN 2 watching ESPN
  • Game 4 (if necessary):Chicago Sky atConnecticut Sun at TBD on ESPN 2 watching ESPN

Thursday, Sept. 8

  • Game 5 (if necessary): Seattle Storm at NEVADA Aces at TBDon ESPN 2 watching ESPN
  • Game 5 (if necessary):Connecticut Sun at Chicago Skyat TBD on ESPN 2 watching ESPN

Championship Pick: Chicago Sky

The Sky are likely to end up being the first WNBA team to win back-to-back championships because the LA Sparks did so in 2001 and 2002.

Those repeat dreams were in serious jeopardy if they blew a late lead and lost Game 1 within their first-round series against NY. It would have already been possible for Chicago to rest on its laurels from last season and fold, however the band of playoff-tested veterans instead responded in resounding fashion and won Games 2 and 3 by way of a combined 56 points.

Chicago showed why it really is so dangerous during those two wins having the ability to assume control on both ends of the ground with depth that’s difficult to complement.

Candace Parker may be the headliner and once and for all reason. She actually is a matchup nightmare having the ability to play point forward and distribute or lead the break all while being truly a formidable post presence if needed.

The Sky are definately not a one-person show. Courtney Vandersloot may be the floor general who is able to hit from the exterior, reach the lane and create teammates, while Kahleah Copper is actually unstoppable addressing the rim and on the break.

Chicago Sky @chicagosky

Clogging the lane? Kah don’t care!#sktown pic.twitter.com/BDpNwL1Cl5

Chicago Sky @chicagosky

The Queen of the Fourth having an ABSOLUTE DIME to KFC #skytown pic.twitter.com/ZfBlwzgtQW

Their overall depth was on full display through the Game 3 make an impression on NY with six players in double figures. Allie Quigley may be the sharp-shooter to space the ground, Azura Stevens may be the interior scorer who offers a spark off the bench, and Emma Meesseman complements Parker in the frontcourt having the ability to score both inside and out while helping on the boards.

The effect may be the perfect mixture of star power and role players that are familiar with thriving in these pressure-packed moments from last season’s championship run.

That isn’t even mentioning the defensive intensity, that was the driving force behind the turnaround contrary to the Liberty. Chicago forced 19 turnovers and held NY to 62 points on 33.3 percent shooting from the field in Game 2 and forced 14 turnovers while holding the Liberty to 72 points in Game 3.

In a testament compared to that depth, Rebekah Gardner came off the bench and hounded Sabrina Ionescu the entire amount of the court, avoiding the Liberty from engaging in their offensive sets until late in the shot clock.

CHGO Sky @CHGO_Sky

Rebekah Gardner is giving a defensive masterclass out here, my goodness.

Helping Chicago’s title chances may be the prospect of a grueling semifinal series on the far side of the bracket with A’ja Wilson and Kelsey Plum at the forefront for the Aces and Breanna Stewart and Bird doing exactly the same for the Storm.

If the Sky can keep up with the degree of play they demonstrated making use of their backs contrary to the wall in the initial round, they might handle sunlight prior to the other series ends. That could make sure they are the fresher team for what promises to become a thrilling WNBA Finals.

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