Seattle Storm to face Minnesota Lynx in first round of WNBA playoffs

Seattle Storm to face Minnesota Lynx in first round of WNBA playoffs

Sami Whitcomb #33 of the Seattle Storm takes the ball down the court as Alexis Jones #1 of the Los Angeles Sparks follows during a game at Staples Center on August 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)

The defending champions Seattle Storm (18-16) are hosting the Minnesota Lynx (18-16) in the first round of the WNBA playoffs on Wednesday night in Everett.

The first round of the playoffs is a single elimination match.

Seattle has played this season without reigning MVP Breanna Stewart, who has been out with a ruptured Achilles' tendon. The Storm have also been missing Sue Bird for the entire year after she had knee surgery in May.

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Seattle has found other players to step up in the absence of the two stars. Natasha Howard has had an incredible season, playing well at both ends of the court.

The team was also missing its coach, Dan Hughes, at the start of the season as he battled cancer.

Tip-off is at 7 p.m. at the Angel of the Winds Arena.

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