Lynx first round playoff series set 13 Sep 13

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Lynx, who are entering the 2013 Lynx Playoffs presented by Medica Individual and Family Plans as the top seed in the Western Conference for the third consecutive season, will open the Western Conference Semifinals against the Seattle Storm on Friday, September 20at Target Center. Tipoff for Game 1 is set for 8 p.m.

The entire schedule for the Western Conference Semifinals is as follows:
Game            Date                           Location           Time (CT)    Television
Game 1        Friday, Sept. 20         Minneapolis    8 p.m.           NBA TV
Game 2        Sunday, Sept. 22      Seattle**           4 p.m.          ESPN 2
Game 3*      Tuesday, Sept. 24    Minneapolis     TBD             TBD
* if necessary
** Game 2 will be played at the Tacoma Dome due to a scheduling conflict at KeyArena

Minnesota swept the four-game series with Seattle this season and have won nine of their last 10 regular season meetings, most recently edging the Storm 73-60 in Seattle on Tuesday. Last year the two teams met in the Western Conference Semifinals, with Minnesota edging Seattle 2-1 thanks largely to Seimone Augustus (20.0 ppg) and Rebekkah Brunson (16.7 ppg on 60.6% shooting, 11.7 rpg). This year’s postseason meeting will be the third time the two clubs have met in the playoffs, also facing off in the 2004 Western Conference Semifinals (Seattle won the series, 2-0).

Tuesday’s win secured Minnesota homecourt advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs for the third consecutive season. The Lynx enter tonight’s game against Los Angeles with a “magic number” of one to clinch the #1 overall seed throughout the 2013 WNBA playoffs, presented by Boost Mobile. At 25-7, Minnesota is just the third team in WNBA history to string together three straight 25+ win seasons, joining Houston (1998-2000) and Los Angeles (2000-02). With wins in each of their final two games, the Lynx can match Los Angeles (81, 2000-02) for the most wins in league history over a three-year span.