Beyond the obvious, the circumstances of a venue change (thanks, Drake and Migos), the rise of the Washington Mystics in a short period of time has been nothing short of remarkable.
Some teams on the wrong end of championship results will say the season was a failure because the goal was to win it.
The Mystics were playing in the franchise's first Finals. Kristi Toliver had 22 points. "We have to think big-picture". "From letting a team back into the game, to end of game how we're handling things".
"I posted on the board for my team in training camp one of the preseason predictions that was out there", Thibault recalled. I've been having a hard time putting it all into words.
Natasha Howard scored 29 points and collected 14 rebounds, Breanna Stewart, the Finals MVP, tallied 26 points and Alysha Clark had 13 as the Storm, a team that lost in the first round the past two years, beat the Washington Mystics to wrap up their first crown since 2010. Howard finished the first half with 17 points and eight rebounds, shooting 5-of-6 from the field.
In the third, starting center LaToya Sanders made a heroic dive to save a ball heading out of bounds, allowing Toliver to scoop it up and score.
Stewart and her teammates were greeted with a warm welcome at the airport, where fans lined up to congratulate the ladies on their victory and snap a few selfies with their favorite players.
"I gotta say, as exciting as it is to have the Storm making playoff noise - I'm anxious that everyone's not on the same page".
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It got out of hand before long.
Both teams were 6 of 18 (33.3 percent) from the field in the first quarter.
Elena Delle Donne scored 23 points for the Mystics.
"We understand that the difference here is we have a chance to win a championship and not just advance to the next round", Bird said.
But Stewart was fouled by Delle Donne while making a jump shot from the free-throw line on the next possession and converted the three-point play, sparking an 8-0 run to put Seattle back in control.
The 24-year-old was also named the WNBA Finals MVP on Wednesday following her 30-point performance. Washington refused to use her bone bruise as an excuse, but with the season over, the star forward expounded on her limitations. Now I can go to the bar and order her everything she needs. I'm a very left-footed player. We knew what to do and how to get better. "They're behind us. They're proud of us".
"They have made fantastic shots, and they are playing really well", said Andrews.
"So, I think it just speaks to Stewie. Sue told us in the huddle that it wasn't going to be easy basically, and it was just how we reacted, how we countered that, and we knew - we got to this point for a reason, also, and it was Game 3 of the Finals, and we were going home with a championship". "I don't know if it was putting us seventh or eighth, I can't remember, and our team took a look at that and said, hell, no".