WNBA Playoffs 2019: Complete series schedule, postseason bracket, scores, TV channels, live stream, dates, start times

The 2019 WNBA playoffs are underway, and there's already been plenty of drama. Early on Sunday evening, Las Vegas Aces forward Dearica Hamby propelled her team into the semifinals with one of the most incredible shots in WNBA history. Her game-winning three-pointer from just inside halfcourt gave the Aces a thrilling 93-92 win over the Sky in their single-elimination second-round matchup. Earlier in the day, the Las Angeles Sparks had a little less trouble, cruising to a 92-69 win over the Seattle Storm. 

Yes, single-elimination. The WNBA's unique playoff format features single-elimination contests in both the first and second rounds. Playoff affiliation is no longer relevant for the postseason, with the top eight teams making the playoffs regardless of conference. Teams seeded 5-8 begin play in the first round, while the third and fourth seed earn a bye to the second round. The top two seeds earn byes all the way to the semifinals. For a complete breakdown and explanation of the format, click here

Now, the semifinals are set. The No. 1 seed Washington Mystics, who earned a bye to this stage and have homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs, will take on the Aces. Meanwhile, the No. 2 seed Connecticut Sun will face off against the Sparks. Both of those series get underway on Tuesday night. 

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2019 WNBA Playoffs bracket WNBA

Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming WNBA playoff schedule, including how to watch on TV and livestream online, and when.

*All times are Eastern

First round (single-elimination) -- Wednesday, Sept. 11

  • Chicago Sky 105, Phoenix Mercury 76
  • Seattle Storm 84, Minnesota Lynx 74

Second round (single-elimination) -- Sunday, Sept. 15

  • Los Angeles Sparks 92, Seattle Storm 69
  • Las Vegas Aces 93, Chicago Sky 92

Semifinals (best-of-five series) -- Starts Tuesday, Sept. 17

No. 4 Las Vegas Aces vs. No. 1 Washington Mystics

  • Game 1: Las Vegas at Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 8:30 p.m. -- TV: ESPN 2 | Streaming: WatchESPN   
  • Game 2: Las Vegas at Washington, Thursday, Sept. 19, 8:30 p.m. -- TV: ESPN 2 | Streaming: WatchESPN   
  • Game 3: Washington at Las Vegas, Sunday, Sept. 22, TBD -- TV: ESPN 2 | Streaming: WatchESPN   
  • Game 4*: Washington at Las Vegas, Tuesday, Sept. 24, TBD -- TV: ESPN 2 | Streaming: WatchESPN   
  • Game 5*: Las Vegas at Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, TBD -- TV: ESPN 2 | Streaming: WatchESPN   

No. 3 Los Angeles Sparks vs. No. 2 Connecticut Sun

  • Game 1: Los Angeles at Connecticut, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m. ET -- TV: ESPN 2 | Streaming: WatchESPN    
  • Game 2: Los Angeles at Connecticut, Thursday, Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m. ET -- TV: ESPN 2 | Streaming: WatchESPN    
  • Game 3: Connecticut at Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 22, TBD -- TV: ESPN 2 | Streaming: WatchESPN    
  • Game 4*: Connecticut at Los Angeles, Tuesday, Sept. 24, TBD -- TV: ESPN 2 | Streaming: WatchESPN   
  • Game 5*: Los Angeles at Connecticut, Thursday, Sept. 26, TBD -- TV: ESPN 2 | Streaming: WatchESPN   

*If necessary

Finals (best-of-five series) -- Start Sunday, Sept. 29

  • Game 1: TBD at TBD, Sunday, Sept. 29, TBD -- TV: ESPN | Streaming: WatchESPN     
  • Game 2: TBD at TBD, Tuesday, Oct. 1, TBD -- TV: ESPN | Streaming: WatchESPN    
  • Game 3: TBD at TBD, Sunday, Oct. 6, TBD -- TV: ABC | Streaming: WatchESPN    
  • Game 4*: TBD at TBD, Tuesday, Oct. 8, TBD -- TV: ESPN | Streaming: WatchESPN    
  • Game 5*: TBD at TBD, Thursday, Oct. 10, TBD -- TV: ESPN | Streaming: WatchESPN    
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