LeBron James congratulates Seattle Storm on WNBA title

Rex Christensen
September 16, 2018

The national team left for France on Wednesday morning, where they will play three exhibition games following two games in the U.S.in the last week of preparation for the tournament.

As if to drive the point home, that the Mystics' wander through the postseason desert had reached its nadir, Sue Bird poked her head out from the locker room after morning shoot-around in her green and yellow warmups, perfectly matching the paint and seats of Eagle Bank Arena.

"I didn't think I'd be back", Bird told Rowe, holding back tears.

The 2018 WNBA title was the third in the Storm's history and first in Stewart's career. The Storm know they won't be able to completely neutralize Washington's star tandem, which is averaging a combined 23.5 points in the best-of-five series, but Seattle must look to limit their touches and attempts.

"Misery", he said with a laugh.

"We thought, 'Oh, crap, what kind of year is this going to be?"' Bird reminisced.

Thibault was referring to Sales' potential game-winning and series-clinching shot in Game 2 of the series.

Yet the Storm answered with a quick 8-0 run behind a Stewart and-one and a big Sami Whitcomb 3-pointer put the game right back in Seattle's control. "From letting a team back into the game, to end of game how we're handling things". That means you're getting a super-soft, super-comfortable, must-have t-shirt.

Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury: Making her fourth All-WNBA Team, Griner led the WNBA in blocks (2.56 bpg) for the sixth straight season and ranked sixth in scoring (20.5 ppg) and eighth in rebounding (7.7 rpg). "She makes your team better". Having coached her in USA Basketball, I have so much admiration for her.

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"I'm not even thinking about retiring", she said Wednesday. "I have a long connection with her and an admiration for her". In Game 2 they were 0-for-16, though they forced 15 turnovers and were in the game until the end losing 75-73. "Not now. We know they're going home and they'll feel good about being at home in front of their fans". "Hopefully that can bring out a little more hunger in us". "That's really what it's about".

Stewart upped her points per game once the playoffs rolled around, and Bird and Loyd each had signature scoring performances en route to the trophy.

Since changing to a best-of-five format for the Finals in 2005, no WNBA team has gone down 2-0 and recovered to force a Game 5.

Take that flight time and double it and you have the time it would take to travel from NY to Moscow. "Elena [Delle Donne] and Kristi and Ariel Atkins, Tianna Hawkins, they're all top-level, top-10 3-point shooters", Thibault said.

The Mystics, on the other hand, didn't have a single player score in double figures, and only had two points off the bench.

"Obviously, this finals didn't go the way we wanted it". The team was young, and Bird knew they were rebuilding, but she chose to stay. Donning a clear face mask to avoid any more damage to her nose, Bird got tied up with Phoenix's DeWanna Bonner and Briann January in the fourth quarter and got up off the floor yelling that her face mask had been shoved.

In July Bird said that she believed Stewart opening up about her past had a connection to the maturity she's seen in Stewart this year, also noting that on the court she seemed more confident and driven. Hughes has had a storied career coaching in the WNBA, but has never won a title. "I'm going to need a lot tonight".

"Yeah, that's what it is", said Bird "The friendship is the same, whether you're going to dinner, or you're running into each other and just exchanging a friendly joke or a friendly hug or whatever it is, and then you cross the line for 40 minutes and you're enemies". "There are times when you are exhausted and the crowd goes nuts and you are right back in it". Each lost Game 3.

At least until the next game. On Wednesday night she had 30 points and 8 rebounds, and throughout the series she averaged 25.7 points.

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