Seattle Storm crowned WNBA champions for 3rd time

Seattle Storm crowned WNBA champions for 3rd time

Seattle Storm crowned WNBA champions for 3rd time

Then he watched them turn into the best team in the league during the season, and validate that status in the postseason. The Mystics made the mistakes a young team makes, especially on the interior. He'll schedule postseason conversations with the veterans in the coming months - after all, nearly all of the Mystics are expected to return next year.

Those conversations will probably be upbeat. Seattle's Dan Hughes and Washington's Mike Thibault have enjoyed incredible individual success leading teams, but neither has ever won a title. Point guard Kristi Toliver was right behind her, adding 22 points. "You can't be unsuccessful if you're in the Finals".

"You have to think big picture". While players haven't been shy about standing up for themselves, they've gotten some help from their National Basketball Association counterparts this year, which is enormous given the men's game's meteoric rise both at home and overseas over the last half decade.

"That Seattle core has been together for a while outside of [forward Natasha Howard]; it kind of reminds me of Minnesota and how they had their core together when they had those runs". We'd like to have taken that one last step, but the window for us is open right now. We knew what to do and how to get better. Seattle obliterated Washington and became the sixth team to sweep the Finals in three games. When Thibault offered specifics as to how the Mystics can continue to build next year, a better start was at the top of the list.

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"I gotta say, as exciting as it is to have the Storm making playoff noise - I'm anxious that everyone's not on the same page". But Washington is not about to make a roster move out of panic to compete with them.

Of course this 2018 title was about Bird, more so than the other championships.

The Mystics know they have room to improve.

But a new home won't fix the on-court issues that revealed themselves during the finals. The Storm were victorious 98-82 in a game that was decided in the second quarter. "He didn't invite the last WNBA champions", she said. Just as Black Mamba relinquished his throne to a younger LBJ, Diana "White Mamba" Taurasi basically passed the baton to Seattle Stew in the Phoenix Mercury's five-game semifinals loss.

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Tiffany Hayes, Dream: The seven-year veteran averaged career highs of 17.2 points and 2.7 assists to lead Atlanta to the WNBA's second-best record. I like to push off one leg, and floaters, step-backs, all that off my left leg, so just trying to find a different way to get it done.

The Storm were lead by 2018 MVP Breanna Stewart, who averaged 20.0 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. "I'm super proud of the way we bounced back from a lot of adversity that we faced all season long".

"Before the year, nobody picked us to win a title and I'm not sure if we were even thinking about that", said Alysha Clark, who finished with 15 points and nine rebounds. Now, Washington has seen what it takes to win a championship.

Rounding out the first team were Dallas center Liz Cambage and Mystics' forward Elena Delle Donne.

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"Obviously, this finals didn't go the way we wanted it".

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