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2023 WNBA Playoffs guide: How to watch, game schedule, more

2023 WNBA Playoffs guide: How to watch, game schedule, more

The 2023 WNBA Playoffs tip off tonight, and every game will be televised on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.

The Connecticut Sun and Las Vegas Aces will take the court on Wednesday night to open the best-of-three first-round series for their respective Game 1 matchups.

The league’s all-time triple-double leader Alyssa Thomas and the Sun will host three-time All-Star Napheesa Collier and the Minnesota Lynx (the sixth seed) at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2.  

At 10 p.m. ET, reigning MVP and Defensive Player of the Year A’ja Wilson leads the top-seeded Aces on their quest to become the first team to win back-to-back titles since the Los Angeles Sparks in 2001-02, when they host 2021 WNBA Finals MVP Kahleah Copper and the Chicago Sky (the eighth seed).  

The action continues on Friday when five-time All-WNBA selection Breanna Stewart and the New York Liberty (the second seed) begin their quest to win the franchise’s first WNBA championship, hosting the Washington Mystics (the seventh seed) at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The Liberty, one of the league’s super-teams, will face a tough first-round opponent in the Mystics – a team that defeated New York on opening day and again on the final day of the regular season.  

Arike Ogunbowale, a top-five scorer in the WNBA over the last five seasons, and the Dallas Wings (the fourth seed) will host 2022 WNBA Rookie of the Year Rhyne Howard and the Atlanta Dream (the fifth seed) at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.  

Game 2 matchups are scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 17 and Tuesday, Sept. 19, across ESPN and ABC. If necessary, the series-deciding Game 3s will be played Wednesday, Sept. 20 and Friday, Sept. 22. The semifinal series begin Sunday, Sept. 24, and the 2023 WNBA Finals will tip off Sunday, Oct. 8 on ABC.  

ESPN’s commentator team for the WNBA Playoffs will be led by the main crew of Ryan Ruocco, Hall-of-Famers Rebecca Lobo and Holly Rowe, with analysts LaChina Robinson, Carolyn Peck and Andraya Carter among others to be featured.  

In addition to airing every game of the WNBA Playoffs, the Disney platforms will feature WNBA Countdown studio shows, as well as Hoop Streams WNBA digital pregame shows. Hosted by Robinson, the first Countdown special is a 60-minute edition on Wednesday, Sept. 13, on ESPN2 leading into the Mystics-Liberty game. The Hoop Streams playoffs show will be hosted by Terrika Foster-Brasby and Christine Williamson and stream on the first day of each round.

Here's a complete schedule of the first-round games and where you can watch them:

Date

Time (ET)

Matchup

Network

Sept. 13

 

 

7 p.m.

WNBA Countdown

LaChina Robinson, Carolyn Peck and Chiney Ogwumike

ESPN2

8 p.m.

Minnesota Lynx at Connecticut Sun – Game 1
Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo, Holly Rowe

ESPN2

10 p.m.

Chicago Sky at Las Vegas Aces – Game 1
Tiffany Greene, Monica McNutt, Ros Gold-Onwude

ESPN

Sept 15

 

 

7 p.m.

WNBA Countdown 
Robinson, Peck, Ogwumike

ESPN2

7:30 p.m.

Washington Mystics at New York Liberty – Game 1
Ruocco, Lobo, Gold-Onwude

ESPN2

9:30 p.m.

Atlanta Dream at Dallas Wings – Game 1
Pam Ward, Andraya Carter, Angel Gray

ESPN2

Sept. 17

 

 

12:30 p.m.

WNBA Countdown

Robinson, Peck, Ogwumike

ESPNEWS

1 p.m.

Minnesota Lynx at Connecticut Sun – Game 2
Ward, McNutt, Gold-Onwude

ESPN

3 p.m.

Chicago Sky at Las Vegas Aces – Game 2
Ruocco, Lobo, Rowe

ABC

Sept. 19

6:30 p.m.

WNBA Countdown 

Robinson, Peck, Ogwumike

ESPN2

7 p.m.

Washington Mystics at New York Liberty – Game 2

Ruocco, Lobo, Rowe

ESPN

9 p.m.

Atlanta Dream at Dallas Wings – Game 2

Greene, Carter, Gray

ESPN

Sept 20

TBD

WNBA Countdown 

Robinson

ESPN

TBD

Las Vegas Aces at Chicago Sky – Game 3*

ESPN

TBD

Connecticut Sun at Minnesota Lynx – Game 3

ESPN

Sept 22

 

TBD

WNBA Countdown 

Robinson

ESPN2

TBD

New York Aces at Washington Mystic – Game 3*

ESPN2

TBD

Dallas Wings at Atlanta Dream – Game 3*

ESPN2

* Game 3 (if necessary)

*** WNBA Playoffs semifinal series begin Sep. 24; WNBA Finals begin Sun., Oct. 8 on ABC

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