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2018 WNBA Playoffs TV and Announcer Schedule on ESPN2, ESPNEWS and ABC

ESPN’s live presentation of every game of the 2018 WNBA Playoffs begins Tuesday, August 21. The first and second rounds — both airing on ESPN2 — are single-elimination games.

The Best-of-Five WNBA semifinals tips off Sunday, Aug. 26 on ESPN2, with No. 1-seeds Atlanta Dream and Seattle Storm facing off against the winners of the games from Thursday, Aug. 23.

The Best-of-Five WNBA Finals starts on Thursday, Sep. 6. All games but Game 2 will air on ESPN2; Game 2 airs on ABC on Sunday afternoon, Sep. 9.

Coaches will be mic’d up during the first and second rounds and semifinals of the Playoffs, while coaches and select players will be mic’d up during The Finals.

The 2018 WNBA Draft Lottery will air at halftime during ESPN2’s Playoffs coverage on Tuesday, Aug. 28.

In addition, espnW.com will supplement ESPN’s production with comprehensive live coverage and analysis throughout the WNBA postseason.

The following is the WNBA postseason schedule with game start times (subject to change; all times are Eastern), respective networks and game announcers:

First Round: Tuesday, August 21, 2018

[#8] Dallas Wings at [#5] Phoenix Mercury (ESPN2, 8:30 p.m.)
Announcers: Pam Ward, Kara Lawson, LaChina Robinson

[#7] Minnesota Lynx at [#6] Los Angeles Sparks (ESPN2, 10:30 p.m.)
Announcers: Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo, Holly Rowe

Second Round: Thursday, August 23, 2018

[#6] Los Angeles Sparks at [#3] Washington Mystics (ESPN2, 6:30 p.m.)
Announcers: Pam Ward, Kara Lawson, LaChina Robinson

[#5] Phoenix Mercury at [#4] Connecticut Sun (ESPN2, 8:30 p.m.)
Announcers: Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo, Holly Rowe

Semifinals: Sunday, August 26, 2018

Game 1: [#3] Washington Mystics at [#1] Atlanta Dream (ESPN2, 3:00 p.m.)
Announcers: Pam Ward, Kara Lawson, LaChina Robinson

Game 1: [#5] Phoenix Mercury at [#2] Seattle Storm (ESPN2, 5:00 p.m.)
Announcers: Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo, Holly Rowe

Semifinals: Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Game 2: [#3] Washington Mystics at [#1] Atlanta Dream (ESPN2, 8:00 p.m.)
Announcers: Pam Ward, Kara Lawson, LaChina Robinson

Game 2: [#5] Phoenix Mercury at [#2] Seattle Storm (ESPN2, 10:00 p.m.)
Announcers: Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo, Holly Rowe

Semifinals: Friday, August 31, 2018

Game 3: [#1] Atlanta Dream at [#3] Washington Mystics (ESPNEWS/NBA TV, 8:00 p.m.)
Announcers: Pam Ward, Kara Lawson, LaChina Robinson

Game 3: [#2] Seattle Storm at [#5] Phoenix Mercury (ESPNEWS/NBA TV, 10:00 p.m.)
Announcers: Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo, Holly Rowe

Semifinals: Sunday, September 2, 2018

Game 4: [#1] Atlanta Dream at [#3] Washington Mystics (if necessary) (ESPN2, 3:00 p.m.)
Announcers: Pam Ward, Kara Lawson, LaChina Robinson

Game 4: [#2] Seattle Storm at [#5] Phoenix Mercury (if necessary) (ESPN2, 5:00 p.m.)
Announcers: Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo, Holly Rowe

Semifinals: Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Game 5: [#3] Washington Mystics at [#1] Atlanta Dream (if necessary) (ESPN2, 7:00 p.m.)
Announcers: Pam Ward, Kara Lawson, LaChina Robinson

Game 5: [#5] Phoenix Mercury at [#2] Seattle Storm (if necessary) (ESPNEWS, 9:00 p.m.)
Announcers: Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo, Holly Rowe

WNBA Finals

Thursday, September 6, 2018
Game 1: To be determined (ESPN2, 8:00 p.m.)

Sunday, September 9, 2018
Game 2: To be determined (ABC, 3:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Game 3: To be determined (ESPN2, 8:00 p.m.)

Friday, September 14, 2018
Game 4: To be determined (if necessary) (ESPN2, 7:30 p.m.)

Sunday, September 16, 2018
Game 5: To be determined (if necessary) (ESPN2, 8:00 p.m.)

Written by Douglas Pucci

Douglas Pucci (a.k.a. “Son of the Bronx”) has worked with Mr. Berman for more than a decade. A Bronx native, NYU graduate and once-intern for VH1's "Pop Up Video," Pucci went on to design, build and maintain websites for various non-profit organizations in his hometown of New York City. He also contributes to the sports website Awful Announcing.

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