The Minnesota Lynx will seek their third WNBA title in five seasons on Wednesday night against the Indiana Fever in Minneapolis.
Wednesday’s decisive Game 5 will mark the first time since 2009 that the championship series has gone the five-game distance. The league expanded its Finals format from a best-of-three to a best-of-five series in 2005.
“I think it’s good for the game,” Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve told reporters Monday. “Good to have eyes on our product right now because there’s a lot of great things to watch and a lot of great people out there putting it all out there.”
Indiana took Games 1 and 4, while Minnesota won Games 2 and 3, with the latter thanks to a buzzer-beater by Maya Moore, who is averaging 22.5 points and 8.8 rebounds through four Finals games against the Fever.
Indiana is 5–0 in elimination games in this year’s playoffs, and 9–2 since it captured its lone WNBA title in 2012 against Minnesota.
Tipoff between the Lynx and Fever will be at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
- Kayla Lombardo