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.
With MVP candidates A'ja Wilson leading Las Vegas and Breanna Stewart guiding No. 2 seed Seattle, the Aces and Storm got double byes into the semifinals.
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WNBA playoffs coverage
- Semifinals: Late-game heroics helped the top seeds survive. MVP A'ja Wilson took over with 63 seconds left to prevent the Aces from falling behind 2-0, while Alysha Clark's buzzer-beater gave Seattle a 1-0 lead. Read
- Semifinals: Top-seeded Las Vegas trails No. 7 seed Connecticut 0-1 after a Game 1 rout and 31 points from Jasmine Thomas. Here's how the Sun pulled the upset. Read
- Semifinals preview: A'ja Wilson and the Aces and Breanna Stewart and the Storm are considered the clear favorites in the WNBA semifinals, and the Sun and Lynx are embracing their underdog roles. Read
- Second round: No. 5 seed Minnesota and No. 7 Connecticut are moving on. As they prepare to exit the bubble, Phoenix's Diana Taurasi and Los Angeles' Candace Parker both said they'll return next season. Read
- First round: Shey Peddy, who was cut by the Mystics in mid-August and then signed by the Mercury, hit a game-winning 3-pointer to lift Phoenix past Washington and into the second round. Read
- Playoff predictions: Las Vegas is the top seed, but does the Seattle Storm have the edge over the Aces this postseason? Read
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WNBA playoffs schedule
All games to be played at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. All tipoffs ET.
Tuesday, Sept. 15
No. 7 Connecticut 94, No. 6 Chicago 81
No. 5 Phoenix 85, No. 8 Washington 84
Thursday, Sept. 17
No. 4 Minnesota 80, No. 5 Phoenix 79
No. 7 Connecticut 73, No. 3 Los Angeles 59
Best-of-five; * If necessary
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 at No. 4 Minnesota, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN App)
Game 3: No. 1 Las Vegas at No. 7 Connecticut, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN App)
Sunday, Sept. 27
Game 4*: TBD, 1 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN App)
Game 4*: TBD, 3 p.m. (ABC, ESPN App)
Tuesday, Sept. 29
Game 5*: TBD, 7 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN App)
Game 5*: TBD, 9 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN App)
Best-of-five; * If necessary
Friday, Oct. 2
Game 1: TBD, 7 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN App)
Sunday, Oct. 4
Game 2: TBD, 3 p.m. (ABC/ESPN App)
Tuesday, Oct. 6
Game 3: TBD, 7 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN App)
Thursday, Oct. 8
Game 4*: TBD, 7 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN App)
Sunday, Oct. 11
Game 5*: TBD, 3 p.m. (ABC/ESPN App)
How to watch the WNBA playoffs
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Peddy saves the Mercury with a buzzer-beating 3
Shey Peddy gets the ball with 1.5 seconds left and knocks down the triple as Mercury avoids first-round elimination against the Mystics.
Wilson's late bucket helps Aces hold off Storm
A'ja Wilson caps off a 23-point game with a late fourth-quarter score as the Aces clinch the top seed in the playoffs with an 86-84 win over the Storm.