Back in Might, the 2021 WNBA season started with an exhilarating opening night that included 2 game-winning 3-pointers. On Sunday, the routine season ended, and now it’s time to turn our attention to the playoffs, which must ideally be simply as amazing as the previous 5 months of basketball.

As a fast refresher of the revamped playoff format that started in 2016, the leading 8 groups make the playoffs no matter conference association. The top-two seeds get a bye all the method to the semifinals, while the Nos. 3 and 4 seeds get a bye to the 2nd round. Groups seeded 5-8 start play in the preliminary. The very first and 2nd rounds are single removal, while the semifinals and Finals are both best-of-five series. After each round, the groups are re-seeded.

This season, the Connecticut Sun completed with the very best record in the league at 26 -6. In addition to a bye to the semis, they have actually likewise made home-court benefit throughout the playoffs. The Las Vegas Aces, by virtue of ending up 2nd, have actually likewise punched their ticket to the semis.

With the playoff bracket now set, here’s a take a look at the first-round matches and the complete schedule for the 2021 WNBA Playoffs:

Thursday, Sept. 23– Preliminary (single removal)

  • No. 7 Dallas Wings at No. 6 Chicago Sky, 8 p.m. ET– ESPN 2 (See ESPN)
  • No. 8 New York City Liberty at No. 5 Phoenix Mercury, 10 p.m. ET– ESPN 2 (View ESPN)

Sunday, Sept. 26– 2nd round (single removal)

  • Least expensive staying seed at No. 3 Minnesota Lynx– TBD
  • Greatest staying seed at No. 4 Seattle Storm– TBD

Tuesday, Sept. 28– Semifinals Video Game 1

  • TBD at No. 2 Las Vegas Aces– TBD
  • TBD at No. 1 Connecticut Sun– TBD

Thursday, Sept. 30– Semifinals Video Game 2

  • TBD at No. 2 Las Vegas Aces– TBD
  • TBD at No. 1 Connecticut Sun– TBD

Sunday, Oct. 3– Semifinals Video Game 3

  • TBD at No. 2 Las Vegas Aces– TBD
  • TBD at No. 1 Connecticut Sun– TBD

Wednesday, Oct. 6– Semifinals Video Game 4 *

  • TBD at No. 2 Las Vegas Aces– TBD
  • TBD at No. 1 Connecticut Sun– TBD

If needed

Friday, Oct. 8– Semifinals Video Game 5 *

  • TBD at No. 2 Las Vegas Aces– TBD
  • TBD at No. 1 Connecticut Sun– TBD

If essential

Sunday, Oct. 10– Finals Video Game 1

  • TBD at TBD– TBD

Wednesday, Oct. 13– Finals Video Game 2

  • TBD at TBD– TBD

Friday, Oct. 15– Finals Video Game 3

  • TBD at TBD– TBD

Sunday, Oct. 17– Finals Video Game 4 *

  • TBD at TBD– TBD

If required

Tuesday, Oct. 19– Finals Video Game 5 *

  • TBD at TBD– TBD

If required

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