MTHS alum, athlete serves on Seattle Storm coaching staff

Sue Bird and the Seattle Storm are on the verge of a third WNBA title

Stewart said it would be a team decision.

James, of course, knows how it is to be on the other end of a championship loss and wanted to recognize the Mystics for their season. This marks the third WNBA championship in franchise history, as the Storm took home the title in both 2004 and 2010.

The team enjoys champagne in the locker room. But, as he pointed out, especially in the WNBA where a majority of players play year-round and are injury prone, winning a title takes the luck of being healthy all year.

Sep 12, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart (30) looks on from the court against the Washington Mystics during the second quarter in game three of the WNBA Finals at Eagle Bank Arena. And it was eight more years on top of that before Bird and the Storm finally made it back to the Finals, where they will face the Washington Mystics in Game 1 on Friday night. Give a lot of credit to the Seattle Storm, they are a great team and unfortunately for the Mystics, they ran into a team that didn't make mistakes, had all hands on deck and came up big when it mattered most.

Aside from a narrow 75-73 win in Game 2, the Storm thoroughly dominated Washington in a lopsided series that began with a blowout 89-76 win in Game 1.

Geno Auriemma wasn't sure he'd be able to attend Game 3 of the WNBA Finals on Wednesday, but there he was in the EagleBank Arena stands.

As for the Washington Mystics, this awesome season comes to an end.

"Each (championship) is special in its own way, but this one is probably going to have a different meaning for me", said the 37-year-old point guard who had 10 points and 10 assists. The now WNBA champions won the battle of the boards, 39-28, and shot a ridiculous 13-for-26 from beyond the arc.

The Seattle Storm cruised to a 2-0 lead over the Washington Mystics in the WNBA Finals, beating the Mystics by double-digits in the first two games. They overhauled the roster after missing the playoffs in 2016, then reached the 2017 semifinals before getting swept by a Minnesota team playing at its full dynastic power. Their two captains, Elena Delle Donne and Kristi Toliver, were the primary catalysts from the oft-mediocre franchise going from bad to good to great.

Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd were the main pieces in the Seattle Storm's march to the 2018 WNBA Championship.

If this were the National Basketball Association, the Washington Mystics' front office might be making calls to players of Paul George's or Kawhi Leonard's caliber right now. "We're already onto the next thing". The Mystics were 8 for 23 in Game 3 and 11 for 60 (18.3 percent) in the series.

"It didn't feel like my first WNBA finals closeout game", the poised Stewart said.

"Oh I would have put a stop to that (crap) real quick", Bird said laughing.

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