The Seattle Storm's championship-clinching Game 3 of the 2018 WNBA Finals earned a 0.4 metered-market rating last night, the highest-rated WNBA Finals game on ESPN2 since 2010 (tied with six other Finals games). Rightfully so, the team's 3-0 sweep of the Washington Mystics in the Finals caught the attention of National Basketball Association stars such LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, among others.
Seattle won 26 games during the regular season - 11 more than the 2017 campaign - entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed, and swept the finals.
It was also reported that Mystics star Elena Delle Donne was a guest on the next episode of LeBron's HBO show 'The Shop.' In Game 3, the Storm were outplayed by the Mercury, who received dominant performances from DeWanna Bonner, Brittney Griner and unlikely hero Yvonne Turner. Last year and the year before, it was, 'You have to guard the other team's best player and try and score 20-plus.' To have her come in, we could relieve one another.
"We understand that we have to take care of the ball", Bird said. "And so we're poised to get better". "But we got better throughout the year". As the series heads east, the two will face off tonight at home for the Mystics.well, sort of.
The Mystics were playing in the franchise's first Finals. With that facility no longer an option, they'll be hosting the Storm at EagleBank Arena on the George Mason campus in Fairfax, Va.
They were not satisfied with just being there and wanted to win a championship, but they were simply overpowered by the Seattle Storm throughout the series.
This is the third championship for the Seattle Storm.
Converting their 3-point attempts would be a big step in the right direction.
Seattle dominated game one 89-76 and followed it up with a down-to-the-wire win in game two, escaping with a 75-73 victory.
"We don't make 3s, it's hard for us", Mystics coach Mike Thibault told EPSN.com after Game 2.
"Every one of us, one through 12, the coaching staff ... helped us reach this point".
"They definitely supported us during the season.to see the turnout at the playoffs, it was huge for us", Bird said.
It was close at the start of the second quarter, and then it wasn't after Stewart took over and scored nine points in the period.
After scoring 10 points of 4-for-11 shooting in Game 1, Delle Donne - who suffered a bone bruise in her left knee in the semifinals - scored 17 points on 7 of-16 shooting in Game 2 while switching from a brace to a sleeve. "From letting a team back into the game, to end of game how we're handling things".
Stewart was named the Finals Most Valuable Player to go with her regular season MVP award.