A new champion will be crowned in the WNBA over the course of the next week as the Washington Mystics and Seattle Storm battle in a best of five series to decide things. This comes after the Minnesota Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks, who dominated the league over the past few seasons, were passed by an improving WNBA.
While it hurts as a Lynx fan to see their dynasty come to an end, it’s also fantastic to see the new blood emerge. Breanna Stewart, the league’s MVP, leads the Storm along with other young players overseen by veteran and future hall of famer Sue Bird. The Mystics made some big moves two off-seasons ago, but it took a while for it to all come together. This has been the year, with Elena Delle Donne and Kristi Tolliver leading the way.
I am really looking forward to the Delle Donne-Stewart matchup, even with what appears to be a less-than-100% Delle Donne, who sustained an injury in their semifinal series with the Atlanta Dream. These are two of the best in the league right now, and could spend the next half-decade battling in the front court. What a treat.
Unfortunately, ESPN has shunted the game to ESPN News, because some meaningless college football game has to be on ESPN2. So frustrating. But there’s always a way to watch.
Here are some links for ya:
Five storylines from Bullets Forever.
So I Broke My Fucking Nose by Sue Bird in the Players Tribune.
And of course you should always check out the excellent Swish Appeal for terrific women’s basketball content.
Enjoy the Finals.