Monday, September 26, 2022

2022 WNBA playoffs: Scores, bracket, schedule, TV channel, watch online, start times with semifinals underway

The second round of the 2022 WNBA playoffs kicked off Sunday with a pair of semifinal Game 1s. The top-seeded Las Vegas Aces are squaring off with the Seattle Storm, while the defending champion Chicago Sky are facing the Connecticut Sun. The winner of these best-of-five series will meet in the 2022 WNBA Finals.

Another new playoff format has debuted this year, as the league has scrapped the first- and second-round byes in favor of a standard three-round bracket format. The first round was best-of-three, while the semifinals and Finals will be best-of-five. The semifinals and Finals will use a standard 2-2-1 format, with the higher seed hosting Games 1, 2, and 5, if necessary, and the lower seed hosting Games 3 and 4, if necessary. 

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2022 WNBA playoff bracket

Here’s a look at the entire schedule:

Semifinals (best-of-five)

Sunday, Aug. 28 (Game 1s)

  • No. 4 Seattle Storm at No. 1 Las Vegas Aces — 4 p.m. ET | ESPN 
  • No. 3 Connecticut Sun at No. 2 Chicago Sky — 8 p.m. ET | ESPN2 

Wednesday, Aug. 31 (Game 2s)

  • No. 3 Connecticut Sun at No. 2 Chicago Sky — 8 p.m. ET | ESPN2
  • No. 4 Seattle Storm at No. 1 Las Vegas Aces — 10 p.m. ET | ESPN2 

Sunday, Sept. 4 (Game 3s)

  • No. 2 Chicago Sky at No. 3 Connecticut Sun — 1 p.m. ET | ESPN2 
  • No. 1 Las Vegas Aces at No. 4 Seattle Storm — 3 p.m. ET | ABC

Tuesday, Sept. 6 (Game 4s)*

  • No. 2 Chicago Sky at No. 3 Connecticut Sun — TBD | ESPN2
  • No. 1 Las Vegas Aces at No. 4 Seattle Storm — TBD | ESPN2

Thursday, Sept. 8 (Game 5s)*

  • No. 3 Connecticut Sun at No. 2 Chicago Sky — TBD | ESPN2
  • No. 4 Seattle Storm at No. 1 Las Vegas Aces — TBD | ESPN2

* If necessary

Finals (best-of-five)

Sunday, Sept. 11 (Game 1)

  • TBD vs. TBD — 3 p.m. ET | ABC

Tuesday, Sept. 13 (Game 2)

  • TBD vs. TBD — 9 p.m. ET | ESPN

Thursday, Sept. 15 (Game 3)

  • TBD vs. TBD — 9 p.m. ET | ESPN

Sunday, Sept. 18 (Game 4)*

  • TBD vs. TBD — 4 p.m. ET | ESPN

Tuesday, Sept. 20 (Game 5)*

  • TBD vs. TBD — 9 p.m. ET | ESPN

* If necessary

First round (best-of-three)

Wednesday, Aug. 17 (Game 1s)

  • Liberty 98, Sky 91 (Liberty lead 1-0) 
  • Aces 79, Mercury 63 (Aces lead 1-0)

Thursday, Aug. 18 (Game 1s)

  • Sun 93, Wings 68 (Sun lead 1-0)
  • Storm 86, Mystics 83 (Storm lead 1-0)

Saturday, Aug. 20 (Game 2s)

  • Sky 100, Liberty 62 (Series tied 1-1)
  • Aces 117, Mercury 80 (Aces win series 2-0)

Sunday, Aug. 21 (Game 2s)

  • Wings 89, Sun 79 (Series tied 1-1)
  • Storm 97, Mystics 84 (Storm win series 2-0)

Tuesday, Aug. 23 (Game 3)

  • Sky 90, New York Liberty 72 (Sky win series 2-1)

Wednesday, Aug. 24 (Game 3)

  • Sun 73, Wings 58 (Sun win series 2-1)

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