WNBA Finals 2020 – Schedule, news and latest updates for Las Vegas Aces vs. Seattle Storm

The Seattle Storm and the Las Vegas Aces are facing off in the WNBA Finals.

No. 2 seed Seattle swept the fourth-seeded Minnesota Lynx in the semifinals to earn its fourth WNBA Finals appearance. On the other side of the bracket, Las Vegas overcame a 2-1 series deficit to get past the seventh-seeded Connecticut Sun. In Game 5, the Aces rallied from 16 points down and held the Sun to 18 second-half points.

The Storm are 3-0 in the WNBA Finals and have won eight of nine games in the championship series. Las Vegas is making the franchise’s second trip to the Finals and is looking for its first title. The franchise dates to the launch of the WNBA in 1997 but is now in its third city. Then known as the San Antonio Silver Stars, the franchise lost to Detroit — then led by current Las Vegas coach Bill Laimbeer — in the 2008 WNBA Finals.

The Nos. 1 and 2 seeds have advanced to the WNBA Finals in four of the five seasons under the current playoff format (since 2016).

Teams played an abbreviated 22-game schedule this season in a bubble in Bradenton, Florida, but the playoffs follow the traditional format: single elimination for the first two rounds, then best-of-five series for the semifinals and WNBA Finals, which open Friday.

WNBA playoffs coverage

  • Storm take 1-0 lead: Behind career highs and record-breaking performances from Breanna Stewart, Sue Bird and Jewell Loyd, Seattle beat Las Vegas 93-80 in Game 1. Read

  • Bird breaks assists record: Seattle point guard Sue Bird had a milestone Game 1 with a WNBA Finals- and overall playoff-record 16 assists. Read

  • Roundtable: Rebecca Lobo and LaChina Robinson help us break down the WNBA Finals, and Mechelle Voepel and Kevin Pelton make their predictions. Read

  • WNBA Finals preview: When the Finals open Friday, does the Aces’ 2-0 regular-season mark against the Storm matter? Seattle seeks its fourth title; Las Vegas is after its first. Read

  • Storm lose Whitcomb: Guard Sami Whitcomb, who averaged 8.1 points and 16.5 minutes coming off the bench in all 25 games this season, left the WNBA bubble and will miss the WNBA Finals as she returns to Australia to be with her wife for the birth of their first child. Read

  • Semifinals: Breanna Stewart had 31 points as Seattle swept Minnesota to book a spot in the WNBA Finals. Angel McCoughtry’s 29 points helped Las Vegas force a Game 5. Read

  • Knee injury sidelines Aces’ Hamby: The WNBA’s Sixth Woman of the Year the past two seasons, Dearica Hamby is not expected to play again this season because of a right knee injury. Read

More WNBA coverage

  • How commissioner Cathy Engelbert saved the 2020 WNBA season

  • Storm’s Clark unanimous choice for WNBA’s all-defensive first team

  • Aces’ A’ja Wilson calls decision in Breonna Taylor case a “slap on the wrist”

  • Lynx’s Dangerfield leads WNBA all-rookie team

  • Las Vegas forward A’ja Wilson wins first MVP

  • WNBA Sneaker Awards: All-Sneaker teams, best PEs and the MVP

  • ESPN’s WNBA MVP, Rookie of Year and other big awards

  • Picking the WNBA all-bubble teams: The 10 top stars and five best rookies

WNBA playoffs schedule

  • Full schedule

All games to be played at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

WNBA Finals
Best-of-five; * If necessary
Friday, Oct. 2
Game 1: Seattle 93, Las Vegas 80 (Seattle leads 1-0)

Sunday, Oct. 4
Game 2: Seattle at Las Vegas, 3 p.m. ET (ABC/ESPN App)

Tuesday, Oct. 6
Game 3: Las Vegas at Seattle, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN/ESPN App)

Thursday, Oct. 8
Game 4*: Las Vegas at Seattle, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2/ESPN App)

Sunday, Oct. 11
Game 5*: Seattle at Las Vegas, 3 p.m. ET (ABC/ESPN App)

Semifinals
Sunday, Sept. 20
Game 1: No. 7 Connecticut 87, No. 1 Las Vegas 62
Game 1: No. 4 Minnesota at No. 2 Seattle (postponed)

Tuesday, Sept. 22
Game 2: No. 1 Las Vegas 83, No. 7 Connecticut 75
Game 1: No. 2 Seattle 88, No. 4 Minnesota 86

Thursday, Sept. 24
Game 2: No. 2 Seattle 89, No. 4 Minnesota 79
Game 3: No. 7 Connecticut 77, No. 1 Las Vegas 68

Sunday, Sept. 27
Game 4: No. 1 Las Vegas 84, No. 7 Connecticut 75
Game 3: No. 2 Seattle 92, No. 4 Minnesota 71

Tuesday, Sept. 29
Game 5: No. 1 Las Vegas 66, No. 7 Connecticut 63

Second round
Thursday, Sept. 17
Single elimination
No. 4 Minnesota 80, No. 5 Phoenix 79
No. 7 Connecticut 73, No. 3 Los Angeles 59

First round
Tuesday, Sept. 15
Single elimination
No. 7 Connecticut 94, No. 6 Chicago 81
No. 5 Phoenix 85, No. 8 Washington 84

How to watch the WNBA playoffs

Every game of the WNBA postseason — a potential 19 games — is available across ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and the ESPN App.

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