- The Washington Times - Friday, September 7, 2018

The playoffs have narrowed a field of eight down to two worthy teams. The No. 3 Washington Mystics have reached their first WNBA Finals in franchise history, but go up against the formidable, top-seeded Seattle Storm, starting Friday night in Game 1.

Here’s everything you need to know and read to kick off an exciting championship series.

Opponent: Seattle Storm (Storm won regular season series 2-1)

Where: KeyArena, Seattle

When: Friday, Sept. 7, 9 p.m. ET

Television: ESPNEWS, ESPN3, Monumental Sports Network

What to watch for: Seattle beat Washington in the head-to-head regular season series, but the Storm won two games by four and six points, respectively, while the Mystics crushed Seattle 100-77 in a meeting in Washington. It was Seattle’s largest loss of 2018. … Storm forward Breanna Stewart won WNBA MVP and beat out Elena Delle Donne, who finished third in voting. Stewart received 33 of 39 first-place votes after finishing second in the league in scoring with 21.8 points per game, and averaging 8.4 rebounds per game, 1.4 blocks per game and 41.8 percent from 3-point range. … Seattle has won the championship in both years it has reached the Finals, 2004 and 2010. 

Pre-game reading:

“Ariel Atkins, Mystics super rookie, making a difference in WNBA Finals run,” by Adam Zielonka

“Elena Delle Donne, Mystics ‘not finished yet’ entering WNBA Finals,” by Doug Feinberg

“George Mason to host Games 3, 4 of WNBA Finals,” by Adam Zielonka

“Mystics earn 1st trip to WNBA Finals, beating Dream,” by Paul Newberry

“Mystics tie series with Dream in Delle Donne’s return,” by Adam Zielonka

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