Sunday WNBA Open Thread: Indiana and Seattle try to avoid first round elimination, starting at 4 PM EDT

Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

I know there's football, and the local team in DC is playing the Bucs at 4:25 PM in Tampa Bay. However, it's not win or go home time in the NFL, but it will be in the WNBA, as the Indiana Fever tries to even the series against the Atlanta Dream on the road, and the Seattle Storm tries to do the same against the defending champion Minnesota Lynx. Games will be on ESPN and ESPN 2.

Game 1: #2 Indiana Fever at #3 Atlanta Dream, 4 PM ET/1 PM PT on ESPN 2 for Round 1, Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs

WNBA.com | Fever Preview | Recap of Friday's game | League Series Preview | And Yelena Leuchanka gets her hair done

On Friday, the Dream drew first blood against the Fever winning the game, 75-66. This game was really not as close as the score indicated, where ATL led by 13 heading to the fourth quarter. Lindsey Harding led the scoring for the Dream with 23 points, Angel had 16 points, 9 rebounds (including 6 on the offensive end), and 2 dimes and blocks each. For the Fever, Tamika Catchings had a double double of 10 points, 11 boards, and 3 rebounds, but she made only 2 of 11 shots.

With the Dream winning the first game on the road, this makes it harder for Indy to be able to even the series. Should the Dream win this series, this may be the first time in league history where a team advances to the conference finals three years in a row as a lower half seed.

Game 2: #1 Minnesota Lynx at #4 Seattle Storm, 9 PM ET/6 PM PT on ESPN for Round 1, Game 2 of the Western Conference Playoffs

WNBA.com | Storm Preview | League Series Preview | Before Seimone, there was Katie | And Chris Hansen wants you in your green and gold tonight Sonics fans!

On Friday, the Lynx won 78-70, but the game wasn't as close as this score indicated with Minny leading in double digit figures throughout much of the later parts of this game.

On important factor as to why the Lynx was able to win was because they played Lynx defense by holding Lauren Jackson to 1 point in the second half after scoring 11 points the previous two quarters. In addition, Seimone Augustus guarded Sue Bird, who scored 8 points and dished five balls to Lynx players. Four of the five Lynx starters scored in double figures, led by Lindsay Whalen, who scored 20 points and dished six dimes.

The series heads to Seattle tonight as the Storm attempts to lengthen its season. Here's to hoping that the Storm is not in the form of a scared rabbit during this game, even though the Lynx should win this series.

So those are the games today. Enjoy the playoff basketball everyone!

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