The second WNBA Postseason matchup showcases the Minnesota Lynx and the Seattle Storm. This is a single elimination game, meaning win or go home tonight.
On paper this will be a tight game. Seattle is the sixth seed and Minnesota is the seventh seed, both have 18-16 overall records with 7-10 road records and 11-6 home records. For tonight’s contest the Storm will be hosting the Lynx with the Storm winning both of their home games against the Lynx this season and a 3-1 overall series lead.
These two teams are the most recent WNBA Champions, Minnesota in 2017 and Seattle in 2018. However, both of these teams are missing key pieces from their championship wins. The Lynx are without Maya Moore, who decided to sit out the 2019 WNBA season and Lindsay Whalen who has retired from professional basketball. On the other side, the Storm are without Breanna Stewart, 2018 MVP, and Sue Bird, both due to injury. But these teams have dealt with that all year and will not use missing players as an excuse in the postseason.
Instead they will be relying on their other top players to carry each team into the second round. Minnesota still has veteran leader, Sylvia Fowles, who has 13.6 points per game with 8.9 rebounds per game. The Lynx has also seen heavy contribution from Odyssey Sims who is averaging 14.5 points per game along with 5.4 assists per game. But perhaps the most intriguing player to watch for Minnesota is possible Rookie of the Year, Napheesa Collier, who has stepped up this year notching 13.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.
For Seattle, they have All-Star and recently announced Defensive Player of the Year, Natasha Howard, who will be busy all game guarding Fowles. She also produces on the offensive side of the ball with 18.1 points per game. A player who has stepped up this season has been Jewell Lloyd. She gives the Storm an average of 12.3 points per game.
The Storm do come into the game with the slight edge over the Lynx given their head-to-head record and the home court advantage. But the WNBA makes the first round interesting and throws away series records for a single elimination game.
You can watch this game at 10 pm ET on ESPN 2 which immediately follows the Phoenix Mercury vs Chicago Sky game.