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    Quote Originally Posted by seacatfan View Post
    Well it's gonna be Phoenix as the opponent in the finals. Griner has been pretty much unguardable all during the playoffs. Taurasi is old and hobbled and her play has been up and down...but she's still DT. Won this game w/ 14 4th quarter points. Hell of a game, some big momentum swings back and forth during the final quarter, but the Merc emerge victorious.

    Truly the regular season is meaningless. #5 vs. #6 in the Finals. Who would've ever thought that would happen?
    I am a Kelsey Plum fan, but I have to say I was rooting for Phoenix tonight. I think Las Vegas is relatively healthy and Phoenix lost Kia Nurse with a torn ACL and Taurasi has a bum ankle, so I think the Sky have a better chance against Phoenix than Las Vegas. That being said, Taurasi went off for 37 points earlier this series and despite hobbling over the court shot well again tonight. As SeaCat said, Griner (6'9") has looked like the Griner of her Baylor days this series. She is going to be a handful for either Stevens (6'6"), Ndour-Fall (6'5") or Dolson (6'5") in the paint. Chicago's best hope is to have Dolson and Stevens shoot well from 3 and trying to draw Griner out of the paint.

    Go Sky!!

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    From Yahoo Sports:

    How a No. 6 seed crashed the WNBA Finals party for the first time
    Cassandra Negley

    It's like the Chicago Sky punk'd us all and Ashton Kutcher is preparing to pop out to explain. Nostalgia is all the rage these days.

    The Sky have looked nothing like the team that slogged through the regular season, finishing 16-16 and raising questions about even making it out of the first single-elimination game. Now, they're back in the WNBA Finals, three wins from a title, after taking down the No. 1 Connecticut Sun powerhouse in four games.

    Game 1 is Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on ABC against either the No. 2 Las Vegas Aces or No. 5 Phoenix Mercury.

    "This is a special group," Sky forward Candace Parker said after Game 4. "I think the way that you face adversity it's built our character and it revealed it. I think all of us believed going into playoffs that we would be sitting here, honestly."

    Obviously to those paying any attention since May, there's a clear reason a sixth-seeded club crashed the five-year party of No. 1 teams making it to the Finals. This was a No. 6 club purely by happenstance.
    You can read the rest of the article here: https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/mor...?ocid=msedgntp

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    2021 WNBA Finals -- Chronicling the Chicago Sky's and Phoenix Mercury's Journeys to the Championship Round

    The WNBA Finals matchup is set, as the Chicago Sky will face the Phoenix Mercury for the league championship beginning on Sunday. The Sky won their semifinal series 3-1 against the Connecticut Sun, while the Mercury were able to win a highly contested Game 5 against the Las Vegas Aces to punch their ticket to the Finals.

    The road to the championship round wasn't an easy one for either team, as they had to battle through injuries and other kinds of adversity during the 2021 season. Nevertheless, they persevered and are now three wins away from being crowned WNBA champions. A Finals win would make Sky forward Candace Parker the hometown hero, while a victory for the Mercury's Diana Taurasi would only strengthen her case as the league's best player of all time.

    Before these stars take the floor, let's take a look at how both teams got here. No journey is unique, and that statement rings true for these squads that are WNBA Finals bound.
    You can read the rest of the article here: https://www.espn.com/wnba/story/_/id...pionship-round

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    From ESPN:

    2021 WNBA Finals: Phoenix Mercury vs. Chicago Sky Picks, Predictions and X Factors

    The 2021 WNBA Finals starting Sunday on ABC (3 p.m. ET) showcase two of women's basketball's all-time greatest players in the Chicago Sky's Candace Parker and the Phoenix Mercury's Diana Taurasi. They've both been league MVP (Parker twice) and WNBA Finals MVP (Taurasi twice). Taurasi is the league's all-time leading scorer; Parker is the only player to be MVP and Rookie of the Year in the same season, and she also was Defensive Player of the Year last season.

    Taurasi is 39 and Parker 35. Both were iconic players for legendary NCAA programs, and both are GOAT candidates. It's like having two silver screen superstars finally end up in the same blockbuster movie.

    But the WNBA Finals are loaded with plotlines. The matchup also has one of the sport's best centers, the Mercury's Brittney Griner, and point guards, the Sky's Courtney Vandersloot. Players like Chicago's Allie Quigley and Phoenix's Shey Peddy persevered despite being cut multiple times. Spouses -- Mercury head coach Sandy Brondello and Sky assistant Olaf Lange -- will be coaching against each other.

    And it pits one of the WNBA's eight original franchises in 1997 -- three-time champion Phoenix -- vs. expansion Chicago, which entered the league in 2006 and is seeking its first title.

    For the first time since the WNBA's 2016 change in playoff format, two teams -- No. 5 seed Phoenix and No. 6 Chicago -- that had to play in the single-elimination early rounds have advanced to the WNBA Finals.

    It's the Valley of the Sun vs. the Windy City. Phoenix went 3-0 against Chicago in the regular season, though two games were played four months ago. What does it all mean as we close in on crowning a champion? Our panel -- ESPN's Katie Barnes, Kelly Cohen, Paul Gutierrez, Kevin Pelton, Mechelle Voepel and Josh Weinfuss, and The Undefeated's Sean Hurd -- break down the Finals from all angles and predict which team will win the 2021 title.
    You can read the rest of the link: https://www.espn.com/wnba/story/_/id...ions-x-factors

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    Game One of the WNBA Finals.

    Halftime, Sky up over Phoenix 46-35. The Mercury led most of the entire first half by shooting over 60% from 3 in the first quarter. 2nd Quarter, Phoenix came back to reality with their shooting and they started having turnover issues (10 in the first half). The Sky maintained their consistent offense, won the rebounding battle (18-17) and kept their turnovers in check (6 in the first half) to pull away in the latter stages of the 2nd quarter.

    Sloot doing great in the first half with 10 points (on 5-6 shooting), 5 assists, 3 turnovers and 1 steal and 0 (yep 0) turnovers. The only negative is Sloot has 3 fouls at the end of the first half.

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    Mercury got off to a good start and went up as much as 9. Nothing a 17-0 run can't cure. Sky up 11 at halftime.

    The Aces' perimeter trio of Gray, Williams and Plum mostly had their way against the Merc. I figured the Sky could do the same. So far, so good. Sloot, Quigley and Copper all scoring, and they aren't doing anything out of the ordinary.

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    Sky only 3-11 behind the arc, and yet they are still up 15 just into Q3.


    Series is a long way from over...but maybe the Merc wore themselves out getting past Las Vegas and don't have enough gas left in the tank.

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    Sky up 13 thru Q3.

    I thought Wade finally figured out he can't play Evans in the playoffs. At all. Oops, he forgot already. She's been terrible in this game just like the whole series against the Sun. WHY is he playing her? Go w/ Brown, or have Quigley or Copper handle PG for a few minutes.

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    Brondello pretty much waived the white flag, now Sky trying to screw around and let the Merc back in it. Sloot has barely played in the 2nd half, I think Wade has gotten a bit greedy w/ trying to rest her.

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    91-77 final and it really wasn't that close. Sloot w/ 12 pts (6-9 shooting) and 11 assists in only 28 minutes. She was +25 in the +/-. If only she could play 40 minutes, the Sky would be unbeatable.

    Copper is going off in these playoffs. She took over Q3. Mercury have nobody who can guard her.

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    Copper led them w/ 21, Quigley had 18, Dolson w/ a really good game chipped in 14 off the bench (rest of the bench was AWFUL), Parker 16, Stevens 10.

    Sky frontcourt went toe to toe w/ the Merc. That's something the Aces couldn't manage to do.

    Taurasi scored, but she had 6 TOs to 1 assist, and 5 fouls. Not a good game for her. She'll probably have some GOAT moments in this series, but she can't do it every game.

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    Some of it was garbage time, but DeShields/Evans/Brown were a combined 0-4, zero points, 5 TOs, 3 assists, 4 fouls in a total of 21 minutes. Oof. DeShields especially, how can a player w/ that much innate talent have such a zero impact on a game?

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    Quote Originally Posted by seacatfan View Post
    91-77 final and it really wasn't that close. Sloot w/ 12 pts (6-9 shooting) and 11 assists in only 28 minutes. She was +25 in the +/-. If only she could play 40 minutes, the Sky would be unbeatable.
    Sloot looked like she had a foot injury or a foot cramp. She spent much of the 3rd quarter on the bench. She did come in and looked normal, so maybe it simply was player management for the later games in the playoffs.

    Good news is that the last time the Sky made the finals (2014) they got swept. No chance of that happening this series.

    Next games are Wednesday and Friday.

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    Summary of Game from NBC Sports.

    Sky, Kahleah Copper cruise in Game 1 of WNBA Finals, top Mercury

    PHOENIX (AP) — The Chicago Sky had the talent to make deep runs into the WNBA playoffs the past few years, yet lacked the missing piece to reach the WNBA Finals

    Candace Parker’s decision to return home to Chicago filled the hole in the Sky, giving them the calming veteran presence they had needed.

    Parker calmed Chicago after a shaky start and scored 16 points, lifting the Sky to a 91-77 win over the tired Phoenix Mercury in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals on Sunday.

    “Everybody had first-game jitters except Candace,” Copper said. “She was that calmness for us.”

    Those jitters put the Sky into an early hole as they clanged shots and were slow on defensive rotations. Calmed by the words of Parker and coach James Wade, Chicago took control with a 21-2 run spanning halftime to go up 17.
    You can read the rest here: https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nba...OTy?li=BBnb7Kz

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    From the Chicago Sky twitter page via ESPN Stats & Info:

    Courtney Vandersloot finishes with 0 TO, she is the FIRST player in WNBA Finals history with 10 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds & 0 turnovers in a game
    Congrats Courtney.

    Bring it home.

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    From ESPN:

    2021 WNBA Finals: Five things we learned in Game 1 that will determine the WNBA champion
    Mechelle Voepel
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    PHOENIX -- The Chicago Sky did something Sunday they didn't do on their previous trip to the WNBA Finals: win a game. And the two remaining Sky players from that 2014 appearance in the championship series -- Courtney Vandersloot and Allie Quigley -- played key roles in Chicago getting off to a 1-0 lead over the Phoenix Mercury.

    Vandersloot became the first player in WNBA Finals history with at least 10 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds and 0 turnovers. Quigley struggled a bit with her specialty, the 3-point shot, going 3-of-11 from behind the arc. Yet she was the Sky's second-leading scorer with 18 points, behind Kahleah Copper's 21.

    In 2014, when the Mercury swept the Sky in the Finals, Phoenix was the league's undisputed best team. The Sky had a sub-.500 regular-season record but got hot in the playoffs. But they were overmatched in the Finals, especially when then-Sky star Elena Delle Donne was dealing with an injury.

    The Sky lost those two Finals games at Phoenix by a combined 50 points, then put up a fight before falling 87-82 in the decisive third game in Chicago. That was seven years ago, and these are very different teams. But Vandersloot and Quigley haven't forgotten that disappointment.

    "We don't want to relax at all," Quigley said after Sunday's 91-77 opening win. "We really want to get two here."
    You can read the rest here: https://www.espn.com/wnba/story/_/id...-wnba-champion

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    Game Two of the WNBA Championship is on tonight.

    6:00 PM PST on ESPN.

    Let's Go Sky!!

    Let's Go Sloot!!

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    Huh. 3 minutes til halftime, Phoenix has been called for TWO total fouls, Chicago has 0 FTA. That is highly suspect. They aren't calling a lot on Chicago, but still.


    Chicago got off to a great start and then just bogged down.

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    Tied at 40 at halftime. Have you ever seen an entire half w/out a FT for a team? That is too bizarre.

    Sloot w/ another very good game. 6 pts. on 3-4 shooting 7 assists. Diggins-Smith has scored a bit more but is 3-12. Quigley needs to start hitting some damn shots. 3-10, but 0-5 behind the arc. Sky are 2-11 from deep. They didn't shoot very well from 3 in the first game either. If they ever start knocking those down they'll be golden.

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    Brutal game for Quigley. 2-11 from 3. If she can't hit, she's gotta quit shooting.

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    Sloot just tied the game w/ 4.4 seconds left. She's been an absolute stud. 18 pts/12 assists/4 steals 8-12 shooting.

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    Merc turned it over, Sky couldn't get a shot. OT here we go.

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    Taurasi hit a 3, Griner knocked Copper into DT, gave her the 4 point play. Should've been an offensive foul and waive off the bucket. This game is so tainted, refs are awful.

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    Chicago still had some chances, but they did some choking, and the reffing continued to be highly suspect. Taurasi clearly fouled Sloot on a steal and no call, came at a critical juncture.

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    91-86 Mercury win. Hope that doesn't come back to bite the Sky. Woulda coulda shoulda, even w/ the handicapping by the zebras.

    Sloot w/ 20 pts/14 assists/5 steals 9-14 shooting. Absolute clinic on how to play PG. Needed some more help from her teammates. Copper and Parker went quiet after halftime. Quigley scored 19 but 7-20 shooting and 3-12 behind the arc, she forced some bad shots that really hurt. Not much from the bench. DeShields has been mostly M.I.A. during the playoffs. Put her on the first bus out of town when the season ends, make sure you keep Copper.

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