WNBA playoff field set, Liberty luck out with final berth

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The New York Liberty clinched the WNBA's eighth and final playoff berth after both the Washington Mystics and Los Angeles Sparks lost their final regular-season games on Sunday.

With that, the 2021 playoffs are officially set:

Final standings

Rank Team Record
1. * Connecticut Sun 26-6
2. * Las Vegas Aces 24-8
3. ^ Minnesota Lynx 22-10
4. ^ Seattle Storm 21-11
5. Phoenix Mercury 19-13
6. Chicago Sky 16-16
7. Dallas Wings 14-18
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
x Eliminated

Here's how the postseason will play out in the weeks ahead:

Round 1

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

Round 2

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

Semifinals

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

Finals

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.

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