SEMIFINALS: BEST-OF-FIVE SERIES (VS. CONNECTICUT SUN)
The Connecticut Sun defeated the Los Angeles Sparks 78-56 on the road to take the Semifinals series 3-0. Jasmine Thomas stepped up with a career-high 29 points. Courtney Williams hit 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. The Sun now turn their attention to the 2019 WNBA Finals for the first time since 2005. Game 3 Recap
The Connecticut Sun defeated the Los Angeles Sparks 94-68 in Game 2 of their 2019 WNBA Playoffs semifinal matchup. Jonquel Jones and Courtney Williams were on fire, scoring 27 PTS and 25 PTS, respectively. Jones’ point total is a new personal playoff career-high. The Sparks will face a 0-2 deficit on Sunday when their series continues. Game Recap
The No. 2 seed Sun took down the No. 3 seed Sparks 84-75, winning Game 1 of their 2019 WNBA Playoffs semifinal matchup. It was a close contest all game long. Alyssa Thomas dominated with 22 PTS, 10 REB and 5 AST. Jasmine Thomas followed with 19 PTS and 8 AST. The Sparks’ Candace Parker passed DeLisha Milton-Jones and Angel McCoughtry for 3rd on the All-Time Playoffs steals list with 74. Game Recap
SECOND ROUND: SINGLE-ELIMINATION (VS. SEATTLE STORM)
The No. 3 seeded Los Angeles Sparks defeated the Seattle Storm 92-69 during the second round of the 2019 WNBA Playoffs. The Storm led 23-22 at the end of the first quarter, but Los Angeles quickly took control in second quarter and never relinquished the lead. Chelsea Gray poured in 21 points and dished out eight assists in the victory.
Sparks Playoff Schedule
|Sunday||September 15th||Second Round||Seattle Storm||Elimination||Staples Center|
|Tuesday||September 17th||Semifinals||Connecticut Sun||Game 1||Mohegan Sun Arena|
|Thursday||September 19th||Semifinals||Connecticut Sun||Game 2||Mohegan Sun Arena|
|Sunday||September 22nd||Semifinals||Connecticut Sun||Game 3||Cal State Long Beach|
|Tuesday||September 24th||Semifinals||Connecticut Sun||Game 4*||Staples Center|
|Thursday||September 26th||Semifinals||Connecticut Sun||Game 5*||TBD|
|Sunday||September 29th||Finals||TBD||Game 1||TBD|
|Tuesday||October 1st||Finals||TBD||Game 2||TBD|
|Sunday||October 6th||Finals||TBD||Game 3||TBD|
|Tuesday||October 8th||Finals||TBD||Game 4*||TBD|
|Thursday||October 10th||Finals||TBD||Game 5*||TBD|
Schedule Subject To Change
* – If Necessary
2019 WNBA Playoff Format
- The top 8 teams advance to the playoffs.
- The first two rounds are a one-game, single-elimination game.
- The top 2 seeds receive a bye and automatically advance to the semifinals.
- Seeds 3 and 4 Receive a bye in round one and advance to the second elimination game on September 15.
- In round 1, No. 8 seed plays at the No. 5 seed and the No. 7 seed plays at the No. 6 seed. These games take place on September 11.
- In round 2, the No. 3 seed hosts the lowest-seeded first-round winner and the No. 4 seed hosts the other first-round winner.
- The semifinals feature a best-of-five format, with the No. 1 overall seed playing the lowest remaining seed and the No. 2 overall seed meeting the remaining team. Seeds 1 and 2 will host games 1, 2, and 5, and the lower seed will host games 3 and 4 in their respective series.
- The WNBA Finals remain best-of-five and follow the same 2-2-1 format.