The WNBA playoffs are finally upon us, and we can’t wait for the action to get started. It’s been a long season—one that also included the Olympic break where Team USA captured the Gold as expected, and now we are officially in the postseason stretch to see who will be crowned the 2021 champions. Before we get into all of that, I first want to rewind to last Thursday when I attended the Atlanta Dream’s final home game of the season against the Los Angeles Sparks.
The Atlanta Dream Experience And Your 2021 WNBA Playoffs Preview
I really want to encourage you guys to check out a WNBA game if you haven’t already. Of course, if your team was one of the lucky eight to make the playoffs, then you’ll have an immediate opportunity if you’re close by. If not, then please start making plans to do so for next season. This wasn’t my first time checking out a Dream game, but it was the first in a while due to the pandemic situation.
The atmosphere was incredible, the seats were great, the food was delicious, and the DJ was on point. Also—shoutout to Bria Janelle, who has been a fantastic host for the Dream all year. The game last week represented ATL culture to the fullest as usual, and that appears to be the case in every city from what I’ve witnessed on social media and television. Go to a game. You will not be disappointed.
Now let’s get into these playoff deets.
When Do The Playoffs Start?
Ah, the magical question! The 2021 WNBA Playoffs are set to begin this Thursday, September 23rd, with the Finals slated to tip off October 10th.
Where To Watch
All playoff games will be available through either ESPN or ESPN 2.
Which Teams Are In?
For those tuning in for the first time, the top eight teams in the WNBA will qualify for the postseason. How teams are seeded is dependent upon their individual regular-season record. The top two seeds (which in this case are the Connecticut Sun and Las Vegas Aces) will get to enjoy the fruits of their labor and chill out until the semi-finals.
Seeds 3 and 4 (Minnesota Lynx and Seattle Storm) will get to relax until the second round, and seeds 5 through 8 will have to participate in single-game eliminations to determine who advances to that second round (which is also single elimination). Similar to March Madness, the Wild Card round in the MLB, and the NFL Playoffs, you only get one shot to advance.
Who Goes First?
Thursday officially gets the action started, and it’s going to look a little something like this:
- No. 7 Dallas Wings at No. 6 Chicago Sky, 8 p.m. EST- ESPN 2
- No. 8 New York Liberty at No. 5 Phoenix Mercury, 10 p.m. EST- ESPN 2
If last year is any indication, it should be an interesting playoffs. Make sure you keep up with us on our website and socials for more coverage these next few weeks.