Breanna Stewart, Storm surge past Mystics 98-82 for WNBA title

Washington Mystics’ Natasha Cloud moves past the Storm’s Sue Bird and toward the basket in the first half of Game 2 of the WNBA Finals in Seattle on Sunday

Washington Mystics’ Natasha Cloud moves past the Storm’s Sue Bird and toward the basket in the first half of Game 2 of the WNBA Finals in Seattle on Sunday

Seattle may have lost its SuperSonics over a decade ago but the city has now earned itself a championship courtesy of the WNBA's Storm.

"We thought, 'Oh, crap, what kind of year is this going to be?"' Bird reminisced.

"Your chances, your analytics for success with Breanna Stewart catching the ball twice is good, and I don't even know the exact number, but I've watched enough tape to know", Hughes said. That got us before. By the time starting center LaToya Sanders sprained her ankle while saving a loose ball, eventually getting carried to the locker room, the game had largely gotten away from Washington. Donning a clear face mask to avoid any more damage to her nose, Bird got tied up with Phoenix's DeWanna Bonner and Briann January in the fourth quarter and got up off the floor yelling that her face mask had been shoved.

"I'm still trying to find the right words, and I'm a guy that can usually find the right words", Hughes said after the game. For a game featuring teams from Seattle and Washington D.C., Hartford-New Haven had the second highest viewership for markets watching the championship behind only Seattle-Tacoma, according to ESPN.

The Storm were 27-3 this season when leading after the third quarter heading into the game. She's just been that symbol; somebody wrote today that they better build a statue for her - they better, she's that good, that solid. "Like numerous girls on this team, I grew up idolizing Sue Bird and playing with her is still a little bit surreal".

I predict the Mystics push it to game four with an 85-76 win over Seattle.


"To have their own place, not to worry about being bounced out in the playoffs, that's something that will be in the past for the Mystics, and I think that's a great thing", she said. I've known her since she was a sophomore or junior at UConn.

But the history of teams that have faced a 2-0 deficit since the league went to a best-of-five format in 2005 doesn't paint an optimistic picture for the Mystics.

"I'm watching what's now happening, what's in the moment", Mystics guard Kristi Toliver said. "When you're on the other side of it, you try to slow her down and obviously, we didn't get that done".

"We had a lot of growing up to do and maturing to do and this group really hasn't played together long as a group, he said".

One by one, Storm players paid tribute and gave testimonials to their living legend Bird, thanking her for being an inspiration to accomplish their greatest achievement. She truly was the MVP of these Finals.

"Yeah, that's what it is", said Bird "The friendship is the same, whether you're going to dinner, or you're running into each other and just exchanging a friendly joke or a friendly hug or whatever it is, and then you cross the line for 40 minutes and you're enemies". Everyone has to have an "I love you off the court, but I'm going to kill you on the court" type of mentality. Instead, the Storm suffered back-to-back losses for the first time this season as the series went to a deciding Game 5. On Wednesday night she had 30 points and 8 rebounds, and throughout the series she averaged 25.7 points.

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