Watch Seattle Storm championship parade on KING 5 Sunday

Annette Crawford
September 16, 2018

Out of all of the insane moments in the Storm's series against the Mercury - arguably the most intense five games of the entire playoffs - Bird's Game 5 takeover will likely be the most memorable. "There are times when you are exhausted and the crowd goes nuts and you are right back in it".

Suddenly, the lead was back up to 13, and after a Bird three-pointer and drive, and another Whitcomb hoop, well, it was time for the Storm to party.

Ok, maybe not to that extreme, but I do think shots will fall. "Obviously we show that when we watch film, we get better. Now it's just another growth; another step toward maturity is just winning on someone else's home court". The Storm returned to dominance this season, capturing the W's best overall record and the number one spot in the playoffs. Seattle then scored the next five points to give them an insurmountable cushion and continued to pull away.

"We don't feel like we peaked and this is it for us", Delle Donne said. The team trounced the Washington Mystics 98-82 in a sweep of the WNBA finals.

"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.

Before the Storm selected Stewart with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft, the 6-4 forward arrived with the incredible hype befitting the only player to win four NCAA tournament titles and four Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four awards.

I predict the Mystics push it to game four with an 85-76 win over Seattle.

Since changing to a best-of-five format for the Finals in 2005, no WNBA team has gone down 2-0 and recovered to force a Game 5.

And while it will be a much smaller building than they've been used to for years, it will be much more like the ones they've played in the last couple weeks. Despite the signs on the baselines, the rally towels, even the actual home wooden floor brought in for the game, the Mystics' red, white and blue looked out of place. In Game 2, the Storm had 15 giveaways, their highest total in the playoffs. It was her first double-double performance in the championship round.

As if to drive the point home, that the Mystics' wander through the postseason desert had reached its nadir, Sue Bird poked her head out from the locker room after morning shoot-around in her green and yellow warmups, perfectly matching the paint and seats of Eagle Bank Arena. But we can't take our foot off the pedal. The pair are joined by Liz Cambage of the Dallas Wings, Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury and Tiffany Hayes of the Atlanta Dream to round out the team.

But Stewart has scored 22 and 25 points in Games 1 and 2 of the Finals, respectively, and Seattle has outrebounded Washington 68-59 during the series.

"You're only going to impact [Delle Donne and Toliver] to a degree", Hughes said.

Stewart, who just finished her third year in the WNBA, led a strong front court effort as the Storm started to build up a lead late in the first quarter. If nothing else, it reminded players of what's on the line.

And now it is Bird and Stewart and Loyd and Howard and more, a new championship cast is Seattle.

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

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