WNBA playoffs 2022: Complete schedule, results, news and highlights

The WNBA postseason has arrived. The 2022 WNBA playoff race came down to the final day of the regular season, with the Las Vegas Aces (26-10) clinching the No. 1 overall seed and home-court advantage, and the New York Liberty and Phoenix Mercury earning the final two postseason berths.

The defending champion Chicago Sky (26-10), which won a franchise-record 26 regular-season games, are the No. 2 seed. The Sky host the Liberty to open the playoffs on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

Eight teams advanced to the first round, which for the first time since 2015 consists of four best-of-three series to determine the semifinalists. For the past six seasons, the top two seeds automatically received byes into the semifinals, and single-elimination games determined the first two rounds. In the new 2-1 format, the higher seed hosts the first two games of the opening round.

The semifinals, scheduled to open Aug. 28, and WNBA Finals both remain best-of-five series. Both rounds follow a 2-2-1 format, wherein the higher seed hosts Games 1, 2 and 5 and the lower-seeded team will host Games 3 and 4.

Las Vegas, under first-year head coach Becky Hammon, hosts Phoenix on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET, ESPN). The Aces A’ja Wilson, along with Breanna Stewart — whose Seattle Storm are the No. 4 seed — are considered the MVP front-runners this season.

Here’s all the info you need for each first-round matchup, including news and series-by-series analysis.

(1) Las Vegas Aces vs. (8) Phoenix Mercury

Game 1: Phoenix at Las Vegas, Wednesday, Aug. 17 (10 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Game 2: Phoenix at Las Vegas, Saturday, Aug. 20 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
Game 3*: Las Vegas at Phoenix, Tuesday, Aug. 23 (TBD)

  • Diggins-Smith steps away from Mercury for personal reasons

  • Aces’ Wilson or Storm’s Stewart for MVP?

(2) Chicago Sky vs. (7) New York Liberty

Game 1: New York at Chicago, Wednesday, Aug. 17 (8 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
Game 2: New York at Chicago, Saturday, Aug. 20 (Noon ET, ESPN)
Game 3*: Chicago at New York, Tuesday, Aug. 23 (TBD)

  • Howard delivers playoff-clinching win for Liberty

  • Sky’s Parker becomes the fifth WNBA player to reach 600 blocks

(3) Connecticut Sun vs. (6) Dallas Wings

Game 1: Dallas at Connecticut, Thursday, Aug. 18 (8 p.m. ET, ESPNU/NBA TV)
Game 2: Dallas at Connecticut, Sunday, Aug. 21 (noon ET, ABC)
Game 3*: Connecticut at Dallas, Wednesday, Aug. 24 (TBD)

  • Sun’s Brionna Jones for WNBA Sixth Player of the Year?

  • Wings guard Ogunbowale to miss first-round series

  • Inside Look with Holly Rowe: Dallas’ Isabelle Harrison

(4) Seattle Storm vs. (5) Washington Mystics

Game 1: Washington at Seattle, Thursday, Aug. 18 (10 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
Game 2: Washington at Seattle, Sunday, Aug. 21 (4 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Game 3*: Seattle at Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 24 (TBD)

  • Storm secure No. 4 seed in Fowles’ home finale

  • Storm set WNBA record with 37 assists

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