"We had our chance in Game 2 and if the shot goes in, there would be a trophy sitting there in CT, but it didn't", he said.
In Game 2 of the Finals, Bird sank an improbable 35-foot three-pointer to beat the buzzer in the fourth and provide an emotional lift during a 75-73 victory.
Diana Taurasi, Mercury: The WNBA's all-time points leader tied for third in the league in scoring with 20.7 points per game, her highest average since 2011. "Like numerous girls on this team, I grew up idolizing Sue Bird and playing with her is still a little bit surreal". "You knew that this was game two and they were going to come out like a better D.C. team than we saw in game one. I would have loved to have made those last two at the end, but the majority of the game, just being aggressive, assertive and doing the plays to win the game". The team was young, and Bird knew they were rebuilding, but she chose to stay. Her running mate for Seattle's first two titles was Lauren Jackson.
"We can really create something here, and I think we've really grown this fan base", said Delle Donne. "[Turnovers have] just stopped us from getting into the flow we want to get into".More news: 'Don’t Relax.' Officials Prepare for the Worst in North Carolina's Emergency Center
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Meanwhile, the Mystics couldn't figure out how to find Elena Delle Donne. "To do it with this group, the way we did it, I don't even know how to react". "I turned to my wife, and her first words were, 'You gotta do this'". The 6-4 forward was the only player named to the First Team on all 39 ballots in voting by a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.
Liz Cambage, Wings: In her first WNBA season since 2013, the Australian center led the league in scoring (23.0 ppg) and ranked second in rebounding (9.7 rpg). In order for the Mystics to win it all, they'd have to win three straight games, something that has never been done before in a best-of-five finals.
"The WNBA is the best league in the world and to be so successful so soon, obviously a lot of credit goes to my teammates, the coaching staff and Sue (Bird). So we just started talking, then we get on the plane and we're sitting next to each other, and we had a 10-hour flight together, and we just really hit it off". "It was how we countered that when things got close".
For years, Bird has sidestepped talk about when she'll put an end to a Hall-of-Fame bound career that includes two NCAA titles at CT, four Olympic gold medals, three FIBA world championships and four EuroLeague championships.
"To be going against Sue - who is somebody that a big part of who I am is because of her, and so to have her not only as somebody that I looked up to growing up, but also one of my very best friends - it's special because you don't get to be in these kind of situations often".
"It doesn't feel real yet, honestly", she said.