2020 WNBA playoffs: Daily schedule, scores, live stream, watch online, TV channel, start time


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The 2020 WNBA playoffs are underway. All the action began on Tuesday night with the single-elimination first round, and it did not disappoint. The Connecticut Sun started the evening by taking down the Chicago Sky, and in the second game of the doubleheader, Shey Peddy hit a buzzer beater to lift the Phoenix Mercury past the Washington Mystics. 

The single-elimination second round is set for Thursday, with the Sun facing the Los Angeles Sparks, and the Mercury taking on the Minnesota Lynx. After that, the best-of-five semifinals will begin on Sunday, Sept. 20, and the Finals start on Oct. 2. 

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there were all sorts of necessary changes, and this has been by far the most unique season in league history. Play didn’t get started until late July, and the regular season had to be shortened to 22 games. All of those games have been played on the campus of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, where the league has set up its bubble environment. So far, everyone has stayed healthy, which is great news, but there’s certainly been some interesting results, and it will be interesting to see if that continues in the postseason. 

Ahead of the playoffs, here’s a look at the daily schedule, and how to watch each game:

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Tuesday, Sept. 15 — First round (single-elimination)

  • Connecticut Sun 94, Chicago Sky 81
  • Phoenix Mercury 85, Washington Mystics 84

Thursday, Sept. 17 — Second round (single-elimination)

  • Phoenix Mercury (5) vs. Minnesota Lynx (4) — 7 p.m. ET | ESPN 2 (WatchESPN)
  • Connecticut Sun (7) vs. Los Angeles Sparks (3) — 9 p.m. ET | ESPN 2 (WatchESPN)

Sunday, Sept. 20 — Semifinals Game 1s

Note: The Las Vegas Aces finished with the No. 1 seed, while the Seattle Storm are No. 2. Both of those teams received byes to the semifinals, so these games will include those teams. However, the league has not yet determined which team will be playing at which time on these dates. 

  • TBD vs. TBD — 1 p.m. ET | ESPN (WatchESPN)
  • TBD vs. TBD — 3 p.m. ET | ABC (WatchESPN)

Tuesday, Sept. 22 — Semifinals Game 2s

  • TBD vs. TBD — 6 p.m. ET | ESPN 2 (WatchESPN)
  • TBD vs. TBD — 8 p.m. ET | ESPN 2 (WatchESPN)

Thursday, Sept. 24 — Semifinals Game 3s

  • TBD vs. TBD — 7:30 p.m. ET | ESPN 2 (WatchESPN)
  • TBD vs. TBD — 9:30 p.m. ET | ESPN 2 (WatchESPN)

Saturday, Sept. 26 — Semifinals Game 4s*

  • TBD vs. TBD — 1 p.m. ET | ESPN (WatchESPN)
  • TBD vs. TBD — 3 p.m. ET | ABC (WatchESPN)

*If necessary

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Monday, Sept. 28 — Semifinals Game 5s*

  • TBD vs. TBD — 7 p.m. ET | ESPN 2 (WatchESPN)
  • TBD vs. TBD — 9 p.m. ET | ESPN 2 (WatchESPN)

*If necessary

Friday, Oct. 2 — WNBA Finals Game 1

  • TBD vs. TBD — 7 p.m. ET | ESPN 2 (WatchESPN)

Sunday, Oct. 4 — WNBA Finals Game 2

  • TBD vs. TBD — 3 p.m. ET | ABC (WatchESPN)

Tuesday, Oct. 6 — WNBA Finals Game 3

  • TBD vs. TBD — 7 p.m. ET | ESPN (WatchESPN)

Thursday, Oct. 8 — WNBA Finals Game 4*

  • TBD vs. TBD — 7 p.m. ET | ESPN 2 (WatchESPN)

*If necessary

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Sunday, Oct. 11 — WNBA Finals Game 5*

  • TBD vs. TBD — 3 p.m. ET | ABC (WatchESPN)

*If necessary

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