The Seattle Storm will play the Phoenix Mercury in the semi-final round of the WNBA playoffs. The first game is Sunday at 2 p.m. at KeyArena.
KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked to Morning Edition Host Kirsten Kendrick about how the Storm has stood out this season.
'Major Upset' If Storm Doesn't Go All The Way
"If they don't win their third championship, this is going to be a major upset because they've done everything they needed to do to have success this year," Thiel said.
"They had the best regular-season record in the WNBA this year at 26-8. That's the second-best record they've had in their 19 seasons in Seattle. So that gave them the No. 1 seed."
"In 2016, the WNBA changed its playoff format to allow the top eight teams regardless of conference to be seeded in the playoffs. The Storm were No. 1. That also meant that they didn't have to play in the two first-round games, which are always knock-out rounds. It's one and done."
"And in the last two seasons when the Storm did make the playoffs they were in the knock-out round and got knocked out. So, this bypasses that."
"The great virtue of the Storm's regular season is that they will have, if they need them, three home games out of the five."
"So, if they can't make it with this advantage, I don't know. I would be looking for curses."