Sport: WNBA Playoffs 2022: Bracket, schedule, dates, TV channels & more

Kremlin poker-faced on US swap offer to free Griner, Whelan

  Kremlin poker-faced on US swap offer to free Griner, Whelan MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin warned Thursday that a possible prisoner swap with the United States involving American basketball star Brittney Griner needs to be negotiated quietly without fanfare. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday that Washington had offered Russia a deal that would bring home Griner and another jailed American, Paul Whelan. A person familiar with the matter said the U.S. government proposed trading convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout for Whelan and Griner.

The Aces and Sky will enter the 2022 WNBA Playoffs as the top two title favorites, but the road to the WNBA Finals will be filled with challenges.

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The Sun, Storm and Mystics each won at least 22 games during the regular season and could provide tough tests for the Aces and Sky. It also wouldn't be wise to completely rule out an underdog like the Liberty, as they won six of their last eight games and can quickly catch fire from 3-point range.

With so many stars and storylines in play, there is at least one certainty: Basketball fans will have plenty of WNBA action to enjoy over the next few weeks.

WNBA playoff race 2022 tracker: A'ja Wilson's Aces defeat Breanna Stewart's Storm to keep pace with No. 1 Sky

  WNBA playoff race 2022 tracker: A'ja Wilson's Aces defeat Breanna Stewart's Storm to keep pace with No. 1 Sky WNBA playoff race 2022 tracker: A'ja Wilson's Aces defeat Breanna Stewart's Storm to keep pace with No. 1 SkyYahoo Sports will track the games and their impact on the playoff picture here throughout the day.

Here's everything you need to know about watching the 2022 WNBA Playoffs, including a full bracket and information on how to watch every game.

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WNBA Playoff bracket

How to watch WNBA Playoff games

  • TV: ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU
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WNBA Playoff games will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks. Viewers can also stream games via Watch ESPN or Sling TV.

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Mercury ‘Faithful’ U.S. Gov Will Help End Griner’s Detention

  Mercury ‘Faithful’ U.S. Gov Will Help End Griner’s Detention Phoenix continues to show their support for Griner. The Phoenix Mercury released a statement Thursday standing behind Brittney Griner amid the WNBA star’s nine-year sentence for smuggling drugs with criminal intent by a Russian court on Thursday. Griner was also fined 1 million rubles, or the equivalent of $16,500.“While we knew it was never the legal process that was going to bring our friend home, today’s verdict is a sobering milestone in the 168-day nightmare being endured by our sister, BG,” the team said in a statement.“We remain heartbroken for her, as we have every day for nearly six months.

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WNBA Playoff schedule 2022

Wednesday, Aug. 17 (first day of WNBA Playoffs)

Game Time (ET) TV channel
Liberty vs. Sky 8 p.m. ESPN2
Mercury vs. Aces 10 p.m. ESPN

Thursday, Aug. 18

Game Time (ET) TV channel
Wings vs. Sun 8 p.m. ESPNU
Mystics vs. Storm 10 p.m. ESPN2

Saturday, Aug. 20

Game Time (ET) TV channel
Liberty vs. Sky Noon ESPN
Mercury vs. Aces 9 p.m. ESPN2

Sunday, Aug. 21

Game Time (ET) TV channel
Wings vs. Sun Noon ABC
Mystics vs. Storm 4 p.m. ESPN

How will the WNBA Playoffs work?

  • Each of the top eight teams in the standings (regardless of conference) will clinch a berth in the WNBA Playoffs.
  • Each of those eight teams will play in a best-of-three first-round series. The higher-seeded teams will host Games 1 and 2.
  • Each of the teams that advance to the semifinals will play in a best-of-five series. The higher-seeded teams will host Games 1, 2 and 5.
  • The WNBA Finals will also be a best-of-five series.

WNBA standings 2022

Seed Team Record Games back
1. Las Vegas Aces* 26-10
2. Chicago Sky* 26-10
3. Connecticut Sun* 25-11 1
4. Seattle Storm* 22-14 4
5. Washington Mystics* 22-14 4
6. Dallas Wings* 18-18 8
7. New York Liberty* 16-20 10
8. Phoenix Mercury* 15-21 11
Minnesota Lynx 14-22 12
Atlanta Dream 14-22 12
Los Angeles Sparks 13-23 13
Indiana Fever 5-31 21

*clinched WNBA Playoff berth

Eliminated from WNBA Playoff contention: Dream, Fever, Lynx, Sparks

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