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Sports Storm-Lynx WNBA playoff semifinal postponed just before tipoff

01:25  21 september  2020
01:25  21 september  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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The Storm were supposed to tip off against the Minnesota Lynx in Game 1 of their semifinal matchup, but the game was postponed "out of an abundance of caution," according to a statement released by the league, 90 minutes before the scheduled start. Everyone inside the WNBA bubble is tested daily.

The second half of Sunday's WNBA playoff doubleheader was postponed after the league received inconclusive COVID-19 tests from players for the Seattle Storm.

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The first game of the WNBA semifinal playoff series between the Seattle Storm and Minnesota Lynx was postponed Sunday because of what the league said The decision came shortly before tipoff . WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said the league “needed more testing and data. As soon as I

The Storm were supposed to tip off against the Minnesota Lynx in Game 1 of their semifinal matchup, but the game was postponed "out of an abundance of caution," according to a statement released by the league, 90 minutes before the scheduled start.

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There was no immediate word on when the game will be made up, though WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert hopes the series can start Tuesday, the day Game 2 was set to be played. Engelbert said there would be additional testing Sunday night.

“We needed more testing and data,” Engelbert said in a TV interview. “As soon as I talked to them, they were concerned about health and safety, and it wasn’t about basketball at that point.”

Clark's putback at buzzer lifts Storm past Lynx 88-86

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The opener of the WNBA playoff series between the Seattle Storm and the Minnesota Lynx was postponed nearly 90 minutes before its scheduled tipoff Sunday because of inconclusive COVID-19 test results for Storm players. The players with inconclusive results have undergone additional testing

The 2020 WNBA playoffs have reached the semifinal stage, and Sunday was supposed The Lynx were already at the arena preparing for the game when the decision was made, while the Storm were on the The purpose of testing program and protocols is to pull anyone out before they are infectious.

The Lynx already had arrived at the arena and some of the players had been warming up when they were told the game was postponed.

Storm advance to finals; Aces force Game 5 against Sun

  Storm advance to finals; Aces force Game 5 against Sun BRADENTON, Fla. — Breanna Stewart scored a career playoff-high 31 points — tying Seattle’s franchise playoff record — and Sue Bird had 16 points and nine assists, and the Storm beat Minnesota 92-71 on Sunday to sweep the Lynx and advance to the WNBA Finals. Stewart added six rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocks. Mercedes Russell tied her season high with 10 points for the No. 2 seed Storm. Bird and Stewart combined to score or assists on 13 points during a 17-0 run that gave Seattle a 24-8 lead when Sami Whitcomb made a layup with 54.2 seconds left in the first quarter.

The semifinal series between the Storm and Lynx will start Tuesday night after inconclusive coronavirus tests led to the postponement of The game was postponed Sunday after there were inconclusive COVID-19 test results for three Storm players, WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert

The WNBA announced the postponement a half an hour before tip . The following was released by the WNBA When can Storm - Lynx game be played ? The WNBA postseason is scheduled out through the finals . The WNBA postponed one of its playoff games due to inconclusive COVID-19 tests.

“This is the hardest part of COVID-19 of putting on live sports,” Engelbert said. “Every day you’re reset to zero. Keeping the bubble safe and making sure there’s no community spread. The purpose of testing program and protocols is to pull anyone out before they are infectious.”

The Storm tweeted in support of the decision.

"The health and safety of the WNBA players, team staffs and all those involved in the production of this season remains our top priority," the Storm said in a statement.

In Sunday's first game, the No. 7-seeded Connecticut Sun continued their hot streak in the playoffs with an 87-62 win over the top-seeded Las Vegas Aces. Jasmine Thomas had a career-high 31 points and Alyssa Thomas tallied 18 points, six rebounds, five assists, five steals and two blocks

Connecticut took out No. 6 seed Chicago Sky in the opening round and No. 3 Los Angeles Sparks in the second round.

Game 2 in that series is scheduled for Tuesday night.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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