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2021 WNBA Playoffs: Cunningham prolific and clutch

Sophie Cunningham missed just one three and made six, five of them clutch, in the Phoenix Mercury’s first-round win over the New York Liberty. Brittney Griner added the game-saving close out on defense in the one-point victory.

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Preview: Mercury heavy favorites

At 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2, the No. 5 Phoenix Mercury host the No. 8 New York Liberty in the second of two first-round, single-elimination playoff games. The major factors in this matchup all favor the Mercury. Do the Liberty have a chance for the upset?

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Preview: What the Sky and Wings need to do to win in Round One

The Chicago Sky and Dallas Wings kick off the WNBA postseason.

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At least 25% of the participants in the WNBA Playoffs are LGBTQ and out

Outsports takes a look at all the players on current playoff teams who are LGBTQ and out.

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Five games are on deck for the final day of the 2021 WNBA regular season! Not only that, the Washington Mystics and Los Angeles Sparks are striving to secure a playoff berth. The Mystics meet the Minnesota Lynx while the Sparks play the Dallas Wings. The three other contests are Connecticut Sun-Atlanta Dream, Phoenix Mercury-Las Vegas Aces and Chicago Sky-Indiana Fever.

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Previews: Mystics take on Liberty

The New York Liberty and Washington Mystics are both hoping to capture the eighth and final playoff spot and face each other on Friday.

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The Connecticut Sun saw one their superstars in Alyssa Thomas return early from a torn Achilles and outscored the New York Liberty 54-22 in the second half.

Preview: New York Liberty vs. Connecticut Sun

The New York Liberty need a win to control their own destiny in their race against the Washington Mystics and face a tall task: a road game against the league-leading Connecticut Sun.

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Preview: Dream and Fever pair up in battle at the bottom

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Recaps: Charles, Mystics put together strong effort vs. Sky

The Washington Mystics are in a good position to make the playoffs after a key win over the Chicago Sky.

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Recap: Wings are postseason-bound

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Double-digit win streaks are on the line when the Connecticut Sun (23-6), winners of 11 games in a row, meet the Phoenix Mercury (19-10), winners of 10-straight contests. In contrast to the Sun and Mercury, the Dallas Wings (12-17) and New York Liberty (11-18) are stumbling as the playoffs approach. Dallas, however, can clinch a playoff berth with a win.

Recaps: Charles, Mystics bounce back, eliminate Dream

The Washington Mystics had lost three in a row and Tina Charles had scored just 16 points in her last two, but the team defeated the Atlanta Dream on Friday night behind 26 from Charles, who also moved into second place all-time in rebounds. Plus, the Minnesota Lynx cruised past the Indiana Fever.

Recap: Sun headed to WNBA Semifinals after 11th straight win

The Connecticut Sun got off to a fast start against the Los Angeles Sparks and won by double digits for the fourth time in a row. Again they showed no mercy en route to clinching a double-bye in the playoffs. All four wins came against teams fighting to make the postseason.

Preview: Sun aim to clinch double-bye

As the regular season winds down and the playoffs near, the Sun and the Sparks go head-to-head in a matchup that will help determine who finishes first and eighth this season.

Recaps: Vegas impressively defeats Minnesota

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Previews: Lynx, Aces meet in playoff test

The Minnesota Lynx (18-9), winners of five-straight games, are in Las Vegas with eyes on sweeping the season series with the Aces (20-8). The Phoenix Mercury (18-10), riding a nine-game winning streak, head to Atlanta to face the Dream (7-20), who are looking for a second win in a row after an 11-game losing streak.

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The Connecticut Sun (21-6) have won nine-straight games. Can the Dallas Wings (12-16) prevent them from taking win number 10 in a row at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday (Amazon Prime)? Dallas’ challenge will made more difficult by its depleted frontcourt. At 10 p.m. ET, the Washington Mystics (10-17), clinging to their playoff hopes, face the equally tough task of defeating the Seattle Storm (19-10).

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