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WNBA Playoff Bracket 2020: 2nd-Spherical TV, Stay-Scamper Agenda

Phelan M. Ebenhack/Associated PressThe second round of the WNBA playoffs is set after first-round victories from the Connecticut Sun and the Phoenix Mercury.The playoffs continue Thursday from the bubble at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, with the stakes still extremely high. The single-elimination format puts No. 3 seed Los Angeles Sparks and No. 4 Minnesota…

Phoenix Mercury guard Shey Peddy, right, is congratulated by guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, second from right, guard Diana Taurasi and forward Alanna Smith, left, after Peddy scored the game-winning shot as time expired against the Washington Mystics during a WNBA basketball first-round playoff game Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

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The second round of the WNBA playoffs is made up our minds after first-round victories from the Connecticut Sun and the Phoenix Mercury.

The playoffs proceed Thursday from the bubble at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, with the stakes soundless extraordinarily high. The one-elimination layout places No. 3 seed Los Angeles Sparks and No. 4 Minnesota Lynx in jeopardy of an early exit, even supposing all four teams competing know they are appropriate one honest game a long way from the semifinals.

Right here’s a accumulate out about at what to wait for in the upcoming round of the 2020 playoffs.

WNBA Spherical 2

Thursday, Sept. 17

No. 5 Phoenix Mercury at No. 4 Minnesota Lynx, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

No. 7 Connecticut Sun at No. 3 Los Angeles Sparks, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

Each games readily available for live streaming at Eye ESPN and the ESPN app.

Bracket

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The 2020 #ATTPlayoffs Bracket is HERE 🚨

The First Spherical tricks off on Tuesday, Sept. 15 ‼️ https://t.co/4UEb3CMV4W

Preview

Mercury vs. Lynx

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One of the preferrred stories for Minnesota heading into the playoffs is the health of Sylvia Fowles, who became restricted to appropriate seven games this season ensuing from a calf damage. Head coach Cheryl Reeve hinted at a ability return in the postseason.

“We were already in a scheme along with her after we were managing her calf where she had rapid stints anyway,” Reeve stated, per Doug Feinberg of the Connected Press (by strategy of the Superstar Tribune). “If we’re lucky ample to beget her that could be the thoughts region. No contrivance am I bringing Sylvia Fowles off the bench. If she’s wholesome ample, she’s beginning.”

The 2017 WNBA MVP is soundless a dominant power in the put up when wholesome, main the team with 9.7 rebounds per game. She has moreover obtained two titles with the Lynx, offering some mighty-wanted abilities on what has turn out to be a basically young roster.

Rookie Crystal Dangerfield has been a revelation with an moderate of 16.2 aspects per game this season, while Napheesa Collier contributes in more than a couple of ways, nonetheless neither is confirmed in the playoffs. With out Fowles, the Lynx will most likely be in for a tricky mission in Spherical 2.

The Mercury survived a tricky Spherical 1 strive in opposition to from a red-sizzling Washington Mystics squad giving the total lot it had to intention. Phoenix trailed 11 aspects at halftime and 13 behind in the third quarter sooner than a 17-0 streak turned the tides:

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THE MERCURY ARE ON FIRE 🔥

The @_Breezy_Briii block led to the HUGE Diana Taurasi three ensuing in a 17-0 streak by the @PhoenixMercury 😳

It be tied at 78 with 2: 44 left on ESPN2! #BradentonArea https://t.co/WzlrImr5go

It then came down to Shey Peddy hitting the buzzer-beater to ship the Mercury to the subsequent round.

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CLUTCH. TIME. @SheyP11

The @PhoenixMercury contrivance to the 2nd round! #ATTPlayoffs https://t.co/wC9zlZkVbP

Phoenix had an up-and-down season and beget questions about depth nonetheless soundless beget two of the handiest gamers in the league between Diana Taurasi and Skylar Diggins-Smith. The two combined for 47 aspects in opposition to the Mystics and are honest ample to place the team deep in the playoffs.

If Brianna Turner can proceed to ticket defensively, the Mercury can no longer no longer as much as do away with in Spherical 2.

Sun vs. Sparks

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The Sparks beat the Seattle Storm in the second round final season sooner than the Sun swept them in the semifinals. The team is procuring for revenge this time around.

Los Angeles has a two-time MVP in Candace Parker and indubitably one of many deepest lineups in the WNBA with five gamers averaging double figures. The squad is especially harmful from the perimeter while shooting 39.8 percent as a team, handiest in the league.

Seimone Augustus led the WNBA while shooting 54.5 percent from three-point differ, while Riquna Williams can safe sizzling in a streak. They abet form an thrilling bench that could exchange a game in a straight away.

The appropriate part that has held the Sparks abet is inconsistency, which became considered with some cool shooting the final two games. The elements then bled into assorted areas on the court docket, including defense and rebounding.

If the Sparks lose focal point Thursday, the Sun will form them pay.

Connecticut is harmful ensuing from DeWanna Bonner, the third-main scorer in the league this season at 19.7 aspects per game. Alyssa Thomas moreover showed what she could attain throughout Tuesday’s 94-81 do away with over the Chicago Sky:

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.@athomas_25 (17 PTS, 7 REB) and DeWanna Bonner (12 PTS, 7 REB) BROUGHT IT in the first half of 😤 #ATTPlayoffs

2nd half of NOW on ESPN2 | #BradentonArea https://t.co/FQq7EKpVwe

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AT is BALLIN’ 🏀

She’s build apart up 26 PTS, 12 REB and 6 AST, including a peculiar #WNBAPlayoffs file 10 offensive rebounds 😤 https://t.co/GJbGFDoPdg

Thomas is indubitably one of many most versatile gamers in the league and region unusual profession highs in aspects (15.5), rebounds (9.0), assists (4.8) and steals (2.0) per game this season. She had 28 aspects, 13 rebounds and eight assists in the Spherical 1 playoff do away with and could play a important unbiased again in Spherical 2.

Add in a quality team defense that appropriate held Courtney Vandersloot in take a look at and the No. 7 seed will most likely be a tricky team to beat.

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