11 lead changes and 1 point highlighted just how little was between the two WNBA franchises who both started the season with 11 game unbeatable runs until they met each other.
Not to mention a full five game series, tied at two games a piece.
But as this seasons MVP Nneka Ogwumike hit a clutch basket with 3.1 seconds to go that was all she wrote folks as the Los Angeles Sparks clinched their first WNBA title in 14 years over the Minnesota Lynx, behind Finals MVP Candace Parker’s 28 points and 12 rebounds.
And to think this dynamic duo was left off the 2016 Gold Medal winning Olympic team that took Rio by storm.
But in the end the Minnesota Lynx’s Team USA stars Maya Moore, Lindsay Whalen, Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles (who Mamba mentality played through the Kobe like pain of a dislocated finger popped back in place), who haven’t had a break all season, couldn’t keep up with two Most Valuable Superstars who had some doubters to disprove.
Maya Moore may have had more points with 23 and 11 rebounds but Nneka’s 12 and 12 iced by her game winning bucket she put back after the Sparks spilled a couple of shots in the paint was so much more. Dethroning the defending champ Lynx who have been in five WNBA Finals in the last six seasons, winning three of them.
NBA purple and gold brotherhood, Los Angeles Lakers legend and Sparks owner Magic Johnson couldn’t have been prouder of Candace as he held her in an emotional embrace postgame (Candace herself getting choked up with a tearful tribute, dedicating the win and championship to late, legendary coach and mentor Pat Summitt) after watching her put on a show. “Thank you so much” she cried, as Earvin earnestly replied, “you did what you do”! High praise from NBA histories selfless G.O.A.T. The majority owner of MLB’s Dodgers will be looking for another big hit from L.A. sports before the young Brandon Ingram, D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson Lakers take to the plate and do their thing. But right now he’s just watched his Sparks step up and knock it out the park.
Giving the Lynx three strikes infront of Minnesota Timberwolves future Karl Anthony-Townes, Andrew Wiggins, Zach Lavine and Ricky Rubio in homestand support, the Sparks were plugged by more than their new smooth and silk duo that is all fire and ice. From Alana Beard’s game one net cutting winner to Chelsea Gray handling this 11 lead change game with 11 of her own consecutive points in the fourth to ignite the Sparks’ comeback before the game faded to black and backboard red.
As we watched all this teamwork accept what it means to be great we bore witness to not one, but two teams who could rule the WNBA for many seasons and finals to come like the mens Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. The Minnesota Lynx have been here for years, but not since the days of 20 for 20 leading legend Lisa Leslie have the purple L.A. team seen this much gold.
This Spark has started a fire.
2019 Champion Washington Mystics Mystify The WNBA
Masks off! That’s a wrap!
The NBA may be back…even if it is only preseason (yeah tell that to everyone in Tokyo, Japan last night), but don’t call it a comeback like the BIG3’s LL. Because like being here for years it never left. Yet the real dear departure we’re about to mourn is the curtain call on the great expectations of one of the best WNBA seasons tonight. One that’s been a Spark and a Storm, despite either of those legendary Los Angeles and Seattle franchises making the finals cut.
But instead it was the MVP with the face-mask, inspiring every Bradley Beal and John Wall Wizard in attendance to follow plastic facial suit, Elena Delle Donne who lead her Washington Mystics to their first WNBA championship crown setting the Sun on Connecticut. Mystifying like INXS for the leagues new sensation that’s about to live baby live.
And you thought the biggest thing in D.C. right now was top ten Japanese draft pick Rui Hachimura? A year before his nation hosts the Tokyo 2020 Olympics for what we’re sure will be a legendary rookie campaign for the ages.
Washington basketball looks as beautiful as the magnificent Mall right now.
Just days after Bradley Beal penned a poignant piece for The Players Tribune sports personality journal entries in support of all of Washington and worldwide basketball, man and women, the Mystics showed it was all about them with an 89-78 win over the Suns. Rising like the trophy they lifted to follow their first banner and the epic emotion you see in the photo above.
Caption contest, greatness, legendary, amazing, everything.
So much more.
So, so much more.
“It feels phenomenal, my goodness, feels so good. Hard to put it into words,” the epic leader Elena told press postgame. It really is indescribable, but we have a few more to give it a go.
Even with Delle Donne almost done with more herniated discs than you used to have albums in your cars CD changer (get well soon champ), she still hit 21 (all in that LeBron and Kobe face mask), to go along with the Finals MVP (to go along with her regular season one), Emma Meesseman’s team high 22.
Holding the leagues best record and now the trophy itself this was sweet redemption of emotion for the Mystics in this Game 5 after losing to the Storm’s front in last years Finals. When they were without their Belgium superstar Meesseman in the mess. But this year with everything up their sleeve, holding all the cards, the Mystics magic wasn’t going to be affected by any weather. Come Storm or Sun.
Sure when it comes to these Harry Potter themed teams in the United States capital city the Wizards may be pulling something big out their hat this year. But nothing spells the Mystics quite like M-V-P.
Elena Delle Donne With The Most Valuable Face Mask
Vegas may have all the chips with the Sin City Aces and Hollywood the L.A. big-three with Candace Parker and the Ogwumike sister, sisters. Whilst the team they just beat Seattle, a storm of legacy making to legendary players, from Breanna Stewart to Sue Bird. Herself making sport, entertainment and all inclusive headlines for her off-court partnership with US soccer star and World Cup MVP winner, Megan Rapinoe.
But it’s D.C. that have the capital star as Washington’s mystifying Mystics star Elena Delle Donne is the Most Valuable Player for the second time.
EDD MVP of the WNBA.
And she did it all nose to knee injury.
Detroit Piston Rip Hamilton made the face-mask famous. And then ‘Star Wars’ super-fan Kobe Bryant became the Phantom Menace when he wore one for a bit, mauling his man like a Darth Sith lord. LeBron also had his own black, Bat Bron (Happy Batman Day caped crusaders), phantom opera during his time behind plastic like a Hollywood star for the theater. Even the dunking muscle of Russell Westbrook brought some Bane brutality to his. This trademark trend just seems to bring the beast out of the best. You remember how Bird flew through the black eye of the Storm last year with one? And now you can add MVP Elena Delle Donne to the face mask Hall of Fame.
And famous fans were even wearing matching masks in support solidarity as the back-court brotherhood of the NBA’s Washington Wizards John Wall and Bradley Beal sat court-side, faces sweating.
“Thank you to the people who made my mask and my knee brace. There should seriously be MVP awards for them”, Delle Donne told Twitter later in an acceptance speech thread of humble thanks.
Elena kept the face mask on after her nose healed because…well you know it’s inspiring and intimidating and cool as hell. But the knee brace has been a God send Most Underrated Player Of The Season. After her nightmare playoff injury against the Atlanta Dream last year, this sleeve holding her leg together cap to joint has helped the reawakening of a legends career.
Even without the MVP or LL Cool J knockout, bell rocking comeback, Delle Donne was already one of the greatest WNBA players of all-time…let alone the right now G.O.A.T.’s. But take a look at her now.
She just may be one of the games greatest. Counting either gender.
Ignorantly don’t believe us? Well remember Carter, men lie, women lie, but numbers don’t.
How’s the first player in the women’s game to record 50/40/90 splits in a season suit you?
If you’re not impressed, suit yourself. Because Delle Donne don’t care. Right now she’s focusing on bigger things. Like beating the house in Las Vegas following her Game 2 win against the Aces. And after Hamby’s miracle roll from half-court against Elena’s former team the Chicago Sky, it’s time for the MVP to run it back in revenge.
Now that would really be an ace in the hole.
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