WNBA playoffs 2020: Schedule, how to watch, key storylines

Peddy saves the Mercury with a buzzer-beating 3 (0:58)

Shey Peddy gets the ball with 1.5 seconds left and knocks down the triple as Mercury avoids first-round elimination against the Mystics. (0:58)

Las Vegas coach Bill Laimbeer insisted he was surprised his Aces ended the regular season with the No. 1 seed in the 2020 WNBA playoffs. But things worked out pretty much the way he planned. Laimbeer pushed the right buttons, and now we'll see if that continues and results in a championship for a franchise that -- now in its third city -- dates to the launch of the WNBA in 1997.

Teams played an abbreviated 22-game schedule this season in a bubble in Bradenton, Florida, but the playoffs follow the traditional format: single elimination for the first two rounds, then best-of-five series for the semifinals and WNBA Finals.

With MVP candidates A'ja Wilson leading Las Vegas and Breanna Stewart guiding No. 2 seed Seattle, the Aces and Storm got a double bye and have a little time to rest: They won't play until the semifinals start Sunday.

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WNBA playoffs coverage

  • Semifinals preview: A'ja Wilson and the Aces and Breanna Stewart and the Storm are considered the clear favorites in the WNBA semifinals, and the Sun and Lynx are embracing their underdog roles. Read

  • Second round: No. 5 seed Minnesota and No. 7 Connecticut are moving on. As they prepare to exit the bubble, Phoenix's Diana Taurasi and Los Angeles' Candace Parker both said they'll return next season. Read

  • First round: Shey Peddy, who was cut by the Mystics in mid-August and then signed by the Mercury, hit a game-winning 3-pointer to lift Phoenix past Washington and into the second round. Read

  • Playoff predictions: Las Vegas is the top seed, but does the Seattle Storm have the edge over the Aces this postseason? Read

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WNBA playoffs schedule

All games to be played at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. All tipoffs ET.

First round
Tuesday, Sept. 15
Single elimination
No. 7 Connecticut 94, No. 6 Chicago 81
No. 5 Phoenix 85, No. 8 Washington 84

Second round
Thursday, Sept. 17
Single elimination
No. 4 Minnesota 80, No. 5 Phoenix 79
No. 7 Connecticut 73, No. 3 Los Angeles 59

Best-of-five; * If necessary
Sunday, Sept. 20
Game 1: No. 7 Connecticut 87, No. 1 Las Vegas 62
Game 1: No. 4 Minnesota at No. 2 Seattle (postponed)

Tuesday, Sept. 22
Game 2: No. 4 Minnesota at No. 2 Seattle, 7 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN App)
Game 2: No. 7 Connecticut at No. 1 Las Vegas, 9 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN App)

Thursday, Sept. 24
Game 3: No. 1 Las Vegas at No. 7 Connecticut, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN App)
Game 3: No. 2 Seattle at No. 4 Minnesota, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN App)

Sunday, Sept. 27
Game 4*: TBD, 1 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN App)
Game 4*: TBD, 3 p.m. (ABC, ESPN App)

Tuesday, Sept. 29
Game 5*: TBD, 7 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN App)
Game 5*: TBD, 9 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN App)

WNBA Finals
Best-of-five; * If necessary
Friday, Oct. 2
Game 1: TBD, 7 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN App)

Sunday, Oct. 4
Game 2: TBD, 3 p.m. (ABC/ESPN App)

Tuesday, Oct. 6
Game 3: TBD, 7 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN App)

Thursday, Oct. 8
Game 4*: TBD, 7 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN App)

Sunday, Oct. 11
Game 5*: TBD, 3 p.m. (ABC/ESPN App)

How to watch the WNBA playoffs

Every game of the WNBA postseason -- a potential 19 games -- is available across ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and the ESPN App.

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