Los Angeles, Ca – It doesn’t always work out this way but this year WNBA Finals matchup of No. 1 Minnesota Lynx (28-6) vs No. 2 Los Angeles Sparks (26-8) will begin on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. PT on ABC.
This best of five series will start out in Minnesota who won homecourt advantage and held the series lead 2-1 head up against Los Angeles.
At quick glance most fans will wonder how a finals match has two Western Conference teams pitted against each other. This year the WNBA implemented a new playoff format of the top eight teams would be seeded for the playoffs based on record regardless of conference.
The story lines have been building all season, even from the first regular season matchup of these two team. They were both undefeated at the time and game didn’t disappoint with a playoff atmosphere and three point defeat for Los Angeles (11-1) at the time.
Maya Moore the No. 3 scorer in the WNBA averaging 25.7 points a game will have to be a big part of the series if the Lynx want to win fourth championship.
This will be Candace Parker first birth to a finals in WNBA, she is six leading scorer in the league averaging 22 points, second rebounds 10.03, and ninth assists 4.5 per game. So the Sparks will go as far as Parker can pull her teammates with her for the ride while keeping them involved on both sides of the ball.
The Sparks also has WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike playing on the wing for a great one, two punch. Then when you need a spark off the bench he comes 6th player of the year Jantel Lavender.
The winner of this year finals will be great for the league no matter who wins. GO WNBA!