WNBA playoff field set, Liberty luck out with final berth
With that, the 2021 playoffs are officially set:
|1. *||Connecticut Sun||26-6|
|2. *||Las Vegas Aces||24-8|
|3. ^||Minnesota Lynx||22-10|
|4. ^||Seattle Storm||21-11|
|8.||New York Liberty||12-20|
|9. x||Los Angeles Sparks||12-20|
|10. x||Washington Mystics||12-20|
|11. x||Atlanta Dream||8-24|
|12. x||Indiana Fever||6-26|
* Double bye to semifinals
^ Single bye to second round
Here's how the postseason will play out in the weeks ahead:
The first round of single-elimination games will begin on Thursday, Sept. 23.
- No. 8 Liberty at No. 5 Mercury
- No. 7 Wings at No. 6 Sky
The second single-elimination round will take place Sunday, Sept. 26.
- Lowest remaining seed from Round 1 at No. 3 Lynx
- Highest remaining seed from Round 1 at No. 4 Storm
The two best-of-five semifinal series will begin Tuesday, Sept. 28.
- Lowest remaining seed from Round 2 vs. No. 1 Sun
- Highest remaining seed from Round 2 vs. No. 2 Aces
The 2021 WNBA Finals will pit the winners of the two semifinals against each other in a best-of-five series. Game 1 will tip off Sunday, Oct. 10, with a possible Game 5 slated for Tuesday, Oct. 19.