The Mystics vs. Dream WNBA semifinals schedule has been released. It is a best of five series. Here are the game dates and times:
- Game 1: Sun, Aug. 26: Washington at Atlanta (3:00PM ET, ESPN2)
- Game 2: Tue, Aug. 28: Washington at Atlanta (8:00PM ET, ESPN2)
- Game 3: Fri, Aug. 31: Atlanta at Washington (8:00PM, ESPNews/NBA TV)
- Game 4*: Sun, Sep. 2: Atlanta at Washington (TBD, ESPN2)
- Game 5*: Tue, Sep. 4: Washington at Atlanta (TBD, ESPN2)
All Mystics home games are at the Charles E. Smith Center in The George Washington University. The Dream’s home games are the McCamish Pavilion in Georgia Tech.
Our preview for Game 1 is coming up later today. But in short, the Mystics are playing their best basketball in franchise history. Consider this:
- The Mystics were the only WNBA team to have fewer than two 20-win regular seasons in franchise history before the regular season started. They clinched their second 20-win season this year. A 20-win regular season in the WNBA is a rough metric of success like a 50-win season is in the NBA.
- The Mystics have more combined regular season wins in the last two years than in any other two year stretch (40 combined wins in 2017 and 2018)
- The Mystics advanced in the playoffs in consecutive years for the first time in franchise history in 2017 and 2018
- Of the three original Monumental Sports & Entertainment teams in 2010 (that includes the Wizards and Capitals), the Mystics were the first to make the league semifinals in 2017.
- The Mystics still are the only WNBA franchise without a Finals appearance so that is still a sticking point for them. But the Mystics also have had a successful rebuild and changed their philosophy over the last six years and we’re seeing the results of that now. It is true that the Las Vegas Aces and the Dallas Wings didn’t make the Finals in their current cities. However, they made the 2008 Finals as the then-San Antonio Silver Stars and Detroit Shock, respectively. The Shock won the championship.
Here’s hoping for a successful WNBA semifinals and an even better run in the WNBA Finals!