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WNBA to start 25th season May 14, with teams back at home arenas – ESPN

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May 15 also will include Chicago, which signed two-time MVP Candace Parker as a totally free agent previously this year, at Washington, the 2019 champion that wants to have two-time MVP Elena Delle Donne back after she missed the 2020 season. Because of extrinsic asthma, Washington also hopes to see 2012 MVP Tina Charles make her Mystics debut; she sat out last season on a medical exemption.
Parker, who played 13 seasons with Los Angeles, will return there to play the Sparks on June 5 after facing them two times in Chicago in May. Parker decided to leave Los Angeles for her hometown of Chicago, which has actually been to the WNBA Finals (in 2014) but hasnt won a title. Parker won the league championship with the Sparks in 2016.
The 2021 schedule also looks for to lower the number of journeys groups take, consisting of making use of a “series” model in which some teams are arranged to play back-to-back games in the very same location.
The WNBA will end up the routine season Sept. 19. The playoff format remains the very same, with eight groups advancing to the postseason. There are single-elimination first- and second-round games, followed by best-of-five series for both the semifinals and WNBA Finals.

The WNBA released its 2021 schedule Tuesday as the league gets set to celebrate its 25th season starting May 14.
The 12 groups will play 32 regular-season video games, which consists of a break from July 12-Aug. 14 for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The tv schedule will be launched at a later date.
The WNBA had a 22-game regular season last year in the bubble in Bradenton, Florida. For the defending champ Seattle Storm this season, that will be at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Washington, as repair work continues on Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle.
” As we tip-off this historic season with groups going back to play in their home markets, we commemorate the effect the WNBA has actually made on generations of young and varied professional athletes and on sports and society given that 1997,” WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a statement. “Together with our fans and partners, we expect how the outstanding professional athletes of the WNBA will continue to provide the best femaless basketball in the world while also driving modification, pursuing justice and equality, and affecting future generations.”
There will be four video games on Friday May 14, starting with Indiana at New York, as in 2015s No. 1 draft pick Sabrina Ionescu is expected back in action for the Liberty after missing many of last season with an ankle injury.
Last years WNBA Finals teams meet May 15 as Las Vegas sees Seattle, a video game that likewise pits the top two finishers in the MVP race last season: winner Aja Wilson and Breanna Stewart. The Storm won their fourth champion, and Stewart was the WNBA Finals MVP.

The WNBA had a 22-game regular season last year in the bubble in Bradenton, Florida. For the safeguarding champion Seattle Storm this season, that will be at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Washington, as refurbishment work continues on Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle. Parker, who played 13 seasons with Los Angeles, will return there to play the Sparks on June 5 after facing them twice in Chicago in May. The WNBA will end up the routine season Sept. 19. There are single-elimination first- and second-round video games, followed by best-of-five series for both the semifinals and WNBA Finals.

Mechelle VoepelESPN.com

CloseMechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, femaless college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering ladiess basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996.

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