The WNBA Crowns a New Champion

The Phoenix Mercury were crowned champions of the WNBA on Friday and they are still riding on the magic carpet. You can imagine how huge this flying carpet has to be if Brittney Griner is on board. In just her sophomore season in the WNBA, Griner has captured her first ever WNBA title, and I am sure she is poised for more hardware. The 6’8 199 lbs monster in the middle imposed her will on the WNBA throughout the season leading the Mercury, along with the incomparable Diana Taurasi, to a league’s best 29-5 record. The trio of Candice Dupree, Diana Taurasi, and Brittney Griner were able to halt the 4peat attempts of the Mighty Minnesota Lynx lead by Atlanta’s very own Maya The Magnificent (Maya Moore) and Seimone Augustus. Phoenix’s big three can rival the Heat’s Big three (2010-2014) or even the newly formed Cavs as far as super talents is concerned.

 

Phoenix's Big Three Taurasi, Dupree, and Griner.
Phoenix’s Big Three Taurasi, Dupree, and Griner.

 

The Mercury steam rolled the competition en route to their 3rd WNBA title in league history. No team honestly looked to be in the same class as Phoenix. Their run this season is reminiscent to a Geno Auriemma led Connecticut Huskies NCAA championship team. The Mercury faced an unlikely opponent, the Chicago Sky who were lead by second year guard standing at 6 feet 4 inches Elena Delle Donne. Delle Donne is a built in a Kevin Durant mold because at the 6’4 she has the skills of a guard and shoots lights out. She has what pundits like to call in the gym range and in the women’s game a woman of her size should be patrolling the paint instead of wreaking havoc on the perimeter as well as in the paint.

The Chicago Sky entered the playoffs with a record of 15-19 so it was quite a feat for them to march their way to the finals. The Mercury easily handled the Sky in the first two games (83-62 & 97-68). Game 3 ,However, proved just how valuable Griner is to the team as the Mercury had to really grind to squeak out a victory. Taurasi showed just why she is regarded as one of the league’s best. She hit a clutch game winning jumper that sealed the game for the Mercury. With that shot she solidified her place in Springfield (Basketball Hall Of Fame) and captured her third WNBA title as well as 2nd Finals MVP honors. You would be hard pressed to bet against this team next year as the trio will more than likely stay intacted. Here is the infamous shot that clinched the game for the Mercury. -BoSo

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