WNBA Finals Game 1: How to watch and what to watch for

September 7, 2018

The playoffs have narrowed a field of eight down to two worthy teams. The No. 3 Washington Mystics have reached their first WNBA Finals in franchise history, but go up against the formidable, top-seeded Seattle Storm, starting Friday night in Game 1.

Here’s everything you need to know and read to kick off an exciting championship series.

Opponent: Seattle Storm (Storm won regular season series 2-1)

Where: KeyArena, Seattle

When: Friday, Sept. 7, 9 p.m. ET

Television: ESPNEWS, ESPN3, Monumental Sports Network

What to watch for: Seattle beat Washington in the head-to-head regular season series, but the Storm won two games by four and six points, respectively, while the Mystics crushed Seattle 100-77 in a meeting in Washington. It was Seattle’s largest loss of 2018. ... Storm forward Breanna Stewart won WNBA MVP and beat out Elena Delle Donne, who finished third in voting. Stewart received 33 of 39 first-place votes after finishing second in the league in scoring with 21.8 points per game, and averaging 8.4 rebounds per game, 1.4 blocks per game and 41.8 percent from 3-point range. ... Seattle has won the championship in both years it has reached the Finals, 2004 and 2010.

Pre-game reading:

“Ariel Atkins, Mystics super rookie, making a difference in WNBA Finals run,” by Adam Zielonka

“Elena Delle Donne, Mystics ‘not finished yet’ entering WNBA Finals,” by Doug Feinberg

“George Mason to host Games 3, 4 of WNBA Finals,” by Adam Zielonka

“Mystics earn 1st trip to WNBA Finals, beating Dream,” by Paul Newberry

“Mystics tie series with Dream in Delle Donne’s return,” by Adam Zielonka

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