NBA, Seattle Sports Stars Salute Storm, Breanna Stewart On WNBA Finals Win

Isaiah Thomas. Courtesy The Player's Tribune

Isaiah Thomas. Courtesy The Player's Tribune

"I was ready to take (the championship trophy) back to Seattle where it belongs".

James, of course, knows how it is to be on the other end of a championship loss and wanted to recognize the Mystics for their season. Getting swept by the talented Storm was disappointing but nowhere near catastrophic for a young team that made it to the franchise's first Finals without one of its linchpins, Emma Meesseman, who did not play this season because of burnout. Stewart, the MVP, and Loyd carried the scoring for much of the season, combining for almost 40 points per game.

Bird hasn't talked about retirement, and based on her success this season and Stewart's hope that they win more titles together it isn't coming for at least a few more years.

Seattle has won Wednesday for the third time in its history, the american League professional basket female (WNBA), beating Washington three wins to zero. A young Seattle team that lost in the first round the past two years and won just 15 games last season, obliterated Washington for its first crown since 2010. Since the league went to a best-of-five format in 2005, four teams trailed 0-2.

Now in its 22 season, the league continues its struggle for mainstream support. It was really imperative that Jewell [Loyd] kind of become part of our flow, and I thought she did a great, great job of giving us that flow at that point.

The next wave of WNBA stars will be led by Stewart a product of a UConn Huskies machine that brings a culture of leadership, teamwork, talent, championship pedigree and visibility to the WNBA game.

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Breanna Stewart was the darling of the night as she scored 30 points to pace her team en route to winning Finals MVP honors. She had 13 points, four assists and four rebounds in Sunday's game cheered on by the Storm's fans.

Diana Taurasi, Mercury: The WNBA's all-time points leader tied for third in the league in scoring with 20.7 points per game, her highest average since 2011. Already playing with superstar Elena Delle Donne nursing a knee injury suffered earlier in the playoffs, the team fell in an early hole and trailed by 16 at halftime.

Despite the misfires, Washington rallied from down 18 points to trailing 72-67 with 6:49 remaining. "This isprobably going to be one of the defining moments of my career".

The sharpshooter, who played three seasons with the Perth Lynx, averaged 6.0 points per game throughout the three Finals games, playing a key role off the bench.

Washington shot 43.5 percent from the field (30 of 69) but was 8 of 23 from beyond the 3-point arc. "This didn't feel like my first trip to the Finals".

"It took us a lot of experimenting throughout the year to find our best groove, and we didn't really get it until after the all-star break, and it carried over into the playoffs", he said.

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