WNBA Outlook Playoffs: 9/20 Semi-Finals Preview



Aces forward A'ja Wilson is named the 2020 WNBA Most Valuable Player


Connecticut Sun vs Las Vegas Aces

When: Sunday, Sept 20th at 1pm.

Where:ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida

TV: ESPN / Radio: N/A

Injuries:

Connecticut: Bria Holmes (Out/Knee)

Las Vegas Aces: None

Connecticut : (*- 2020 Playoffs)

83.5- points per game

70.0 - points against

41.1 - Field goal %

Las Vegas: (*-2020 Reg Season)

88.7 - points per game

80.1 - points against

47.7 - field goal %

Individual Leaders: Con/LVA -

Alyssa Thomas 22.5 / A'ja Wilson 20.5 - Points

DeWanna Bonner 12.5 / A'ja Wilson 8.5 - Rebounds

Alyssa Thomas 6.5 / Danielle Robinson 3.3 - Assists

Key Match-ups:

Alyssa Thomas vs A'ja Wilson

DeWanna Bonner vs Angel McCoughtry

Jasmine Thomas vs Dearica Hamby

Keep an eye on:

War of the forward's: will be an exciting match-up all series. You have the reigning MVP in Aces forward A'ja Wilson, their deadly do every thing wing Angel McCoughtry who averaged 14.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 steals this season, and the 2020 sixth woman of the year Dearica Hamby, who is another weapon in the front court that the Sun will have to pay a lot of attention to. Hamby posted 13 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.7 steals on 53 percent shooting from the field.


Connecticut brings the hot duo of Alyssa Thomas and DeWanna Bonner fresh off their dominant performance in a rout of the LA Sparks 73-59. The Duo combined for 36 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists in the victory. Sun's forward-center Brionna Jones has also quietly been consistent in the playoffs, averaging 11 points and 8 rebounds.


Bill Laimbeer and Curt Miller will be engaged in the ultimate chess match with so many skilled, versatile forwards on both teams. Yes, the guard play with play a vital role, but ultimately, whichever front-court executes the best, specifically defensively, containing not only their match-up but switching out and containing the opposing guards, will lead their team to the finals.



Minnesota Lynx vs Seattle Storm

When: Sunday, Sept 20th at 3pm.

Where:ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida

TV: ABC / Radio: N/A

Injuries:

Seattle: None

Minnesota: Lexie Brown (Out/ Concussion), Sylvia Fowles (Game Time Decision/ Calf)

Seattle : (*- 2020 Reg Season)

87.5- points per game

76.0 - points against

47.0 - Field goal %

Minnesota: (*-2020 Playoffs)

80.0 - points per game

79.0 - points against

47.0 - field goal %

Individual Leaders: Sea/Min -

Breanna Stewart 19.7 / Damiris Dantas 22.0 - Points

Breanna Stewart 8.3 / Napheesa Collier 9.0 - Rebounds

Jordin Canada 5.5 / Napheesa Collier 6.0 - Assists

Key Match-ups:

Breanna Stewart vs Napheesa Collier

Alysha Clark vs Crystal Dangerfield

Natasha Howard vs Damiris Dantas

Keep an eye on:


Rust: I know, it's not the most detailed analysis, but it's a very real thing after a long lay-up. We saw the Sun jump on the Sparks and LA never recovered after their slow start. Seattle has not played a game since last Sunday, where they fell to the Aces 86-84, although Stewart ,Tuck and Bird sat out. Seattle is a talented, veteran laden group, so, even if the Storm aren't in rhythm to begin the game, they will eventually get in rhythm and that will mean Minnesota is in big trouble. The Lynx will need to carry over their second half performance to this game and bring it from the opening tip, similar to what the Sun did against LA. With Seattle trying to get back in the flow, if Minnesota scores consistently and keep the pressure on Seattle, the Storm may start to press and beat themselves and the underWOmanned Lynx will be in a great position to secure the win. Keep Seattle out of rhythm, that's the mission for Minnesota to position themselves for a upset this series.