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2021 WNBA Playoffs: Schedule, format, bracket, daily scores, live stream, watch online, start time, TV channel

The 2021 WNBA playoffs are finally here, and the first round did not disappoint. In the first game, the Chicago Sky held off a determined Dallas Wings team thanks to Kahleah Copper and a big fourth quarter from Courtney Vandersloot. Later on, the Phoenix Mercury won a thriller over the New York Liberty on a last-second free throw by Brianna Turner. 

Next up is the single-elimination second round on Sunday afternoon. The Mercury will take on the Seattle Storm, while the Sky will face the Minnesota Lynx. 

As a quick refresher of the revamped playoff format that began in 2016, the top eight teams make the playoffs regardless of conference affiliation. The top-two seeds get a bye all the way to the semifinals, while the Nos. 3 and 4 seeds get a bye to the second round. Teams seeded 5-8 begin play in the first round. The first and second rounds are single elimination, while the semifinals and Finals are both best-of-five series. After each round, the teams are re-seeded. 

This season, the Connecticut Sun finished with the best record in the league at 26-6. In addition to a bye to the semis, they have also earned home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. The Las Vegas Aces, by virtue of finishing second, have also punched their ticket to the semis. 

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

First round (single elimination)

(All times U.S./Eastern)

Thursday, Sept. 23 

  • Sky 81, Wings 64
  • Mercury 83, Liberty 82

Second round (single elimination)

(All times U.S./Eastern)

Sunday, Sept. 26 
No. 5 Phoenix Mercury at No. 4 Seattle Storm, 3 p.m., ABC — stream via fuboTV (Try for free)
No. 6 Chicago Sky at No. 3 Minnesota Lynx, 5 p.m., ESPN2 — stream via fuboTV (Try for free)

Semifinals

(All times U.S./Eastern)

Tuesday, Sept. 28 (Game 1)
TBD at No. 2 Las Vegas Aces
TBD at No. 1 Connecticut Sun

Thursday, Sept. 30 (Game 2)
TBD at No. 2 Las Vegas Aces
TBD at No. 1 Connecticut Sun

Sunday, Oct. 3 (Game 3)
TBD at No. 2 Las Vegas Aces
TBD at No. 1 Connecticut Sun

Wednesday, Oct. 6 (Game 4)*
TBD at No. 2 Las Vegas Aces
TBD at No. 1 Connecticut Sun

Friday, Oct. 8 (Game 5)*
TBD at No. 2 Las Vegas Aces
TBD at No. 1 Connecticut Sun

*If necessary

WNBA Finals

(All times U.S./Eastern)

Sunday, Oct. 10 (Game 1)
TBD vs. TBD

Wednesday, Oct. 13 (Game 2)
TBD vs. TBD

Friday, Oct. 15 (Game 3)
TBD vs. TBD

Sunday, Oct. 17 (Game 4)*
TBD vs. TBD

Tuesday, Oct. 19 (Game 5)*
TBD vs. TBD

*If necessary



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