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#WNBAPlayoffs: Lynx to play first two home games during 2016 Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center

Published on September 12, 2016

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The Minnesota Lynx will play their first two home games during the 2016 WNBA Playoffs at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, due to scheduling conflicts at Target Center. The games will take place in late September.

The Lynx have clinched home court advantage throughout the WNBA playoffs and as a result, the team will receive a bye through the first two single-elimination rounds. They will begin with home court advantage in the WNBA semifinals. The semifinal round is a best-of-five format, guaranteeing at least two home games for the Lynx.

The Xcel Energy Center will also be the team’s venue for home games for the 2017 season as Target Center renovation work is completed.

The WNBA regular season ends Sept. 18. The playoffs begin Sept. 21.

Current WNBA standings

Team W L PCT GB CONF HOME ROAD L-10 STREAK
Minnesota Lynx – x 26 5 0.839 15-1 14-2 12-3 9-1 W 5
Los Angeles Sparks – x 24 8 0.750 2.5 9-5 12-3 12-5 4-6 L 3
New York Liberty – x 21 11 0.656 5.5 11-3 10-6 11-5 5-5 L 1
Indiana Fever – x 16 15 0.516 10 8-7 7-8 9-7 7-3 W 3
Atlanta Dream – x 16 15 0.516 10 8-7 10-5 6-10 5-5 L 1
Chicago Sky – x 16 15 0.516 10 7-8 9-6 7-9 7-3 W 1
Seattle Storm – x 15 17 0.469 11.5 7-8 9-7 6-10 7-3 W 4
Phoenix Mercury 14 17 0.452 12 4-9 10-6 4-11 6-4 W 1
Washington Mystics 12 19 0.387 14 7-6 5-11 7-8 3-7 L 2
Connecticut Sun – o 11 20 0.355 15 2-12 6-9 5-11 5-5 L 3
Dallas Wings – o 11 21 0.344 15.5 8-8 6-11 5-10 2-8 W 2
San Antonio Stars – o 6 25 0.194 20 1-13 4-12 2-13 1-9 L 6
  • x: Clinched Playoffs Berth
  • o: Eliminated from Playoffs contention

Playoffs Schedule

First round (single elimination)
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 … 7:00 p.m. ET
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 … 9:00 p.m. ET

Second round (single elimination)
Sunday, September 25, 2016 … 1:00 p.m. ET
Sunday, September 25, 2016… 3:00 p.m. ET

Semifinals (best-of-5-game format)
(Game 1) Wednesday, September 28, 2016 … 7:00 p.m. ET
(Game 1) Wednesday, September 28, 2016 … 9:00 p.m. ET
(Game 2) Friday, September 30, 2016 … 7:00 p.m. ET
(Game 2) Friday, September 30, 2016 … 9:00 p.m. ET
(Game 3) Sunday, October 2, 2016 … 3:00 p.m. ET
(Game 3) Sunday, October 2, 2016 … 5:00 p.m. ET
(Game 4*) Tuesday, October 4, 2016 … 7:00 p.m. ET
(Game 4*) Tuesday, October 4, 2016 … 9:00 p.m. ET
(Game 5*) Thursday, October 6, 2016 … 7:00 p.m. ET
(Game 5*) Thursday, October 6, 2016 … 7:00 p.m. ET

Finals (best-of-5-game format)
(Game 1) Sunday, October 9, 2016 … 3:00 p.m. ET
(Game 2) Tuesday, October 11, 2016 … 8:00 p.m. ET
(Game 3) Friday, October 14, 2016 … 8:00 p.m. ET
(Game 4*) Sunday, October 16, 2016 … 8:00 p.m. ET
(Game 5*) Thursday, October 20, 2016 … 8:00 p.m. ET
* If necessary


 

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