The Mystics lost Game 2, 75-73, meaning just one successful 3-pointer could have made the difference. "We're going to be better", Washington guard Kristi Toliver said after Game 2.
These playoffs will be remembered for Sue Bird's masked heroics in the fourth quarter. Howard was right behind her, dropping a double-double 29 points and 14 rebounds in the win, shooting 11-of-14 from the field.
"You just never know when you're going to be back - you're going to make me cry - and I didn't think I'd be back, " Bird said.
"We were both playing in Russian Federation at the time; she was playing on a team in Moscow, I was playing on a team in Ekaterinburg, and both of our flights were out of NY to Moscow", said Bird.
Stewart had 30 points, and Howard, who had been a bit player in Minnesota last year when the Lynx won the title, was a monumental contributor all year in Seattle after her acquisition in a trade.
Breanna Stewart led the Storm with 30 points and 8 rebounds in Game 3 of the best-of-5 series.
"Obviously, this finals didn't go the way we wanted it".
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"We understand that the difference here is we have a chance to win a championship and not just advance to the next round", Bird said. I didn't know (Toliver's' favorite) beer.
Tierra Ruffin-Pratt sank a 3-pointer with 6:49 left to cut Seattle's 16-point lead at the start of the fourth to five (72-67) and inject a little suspense in a game the Storm controlled for three quarters.
Stewart, Bird and Delle Donne could all join Team USA before they open play at the FIBA Women's World Cup beginning September 22 in Spain.
Trust me. I've got a full batch of BreakingT shirts in my closet, and they're the best shirts I own. Since the league went to a best-of-five format in 2005, four teams trailed 0-2. A lot of times when I invite people out and they come to a game, they fall in love with the game.
In two games they're shooting a combined 3-37 - that's just EIGHT percent. "What I was pleased with was that we realized at halftime that we've got to kind of back out and re-establish some things".
"On the court, off the court, honestly, Sue is at the center of why we're here, again, " the Storm's president and general manager, Alisha Valavanis, told ESPN's Holly Rowe as the Storm received a new trophy to add to the bulging case.
The 24-year-old forward is the sixth player to win both MVP awards in the same season joining Cynthia Cooper (who did it twice), Lisa Leslie, Diana Taurasi, Sylvia Fowles and former Storm star Lauren Jackson.
In July Bird said that she believed Stewart opening up about her past had a connection to the maturity she's seen in Stewart this year, also noting that on the court she seemed more confident and driven.