Seahawks react to Seattle Storm's third WNBA championship

LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, other NBA stars react to Seattle Storm’s WNBA title

LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, other NBA stars react to Seattle Storm’s WNBA title

They wanted to win one for her.

Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart fretted following the regular-season opener after the Seattle Storm lost at home to the Phoenix Mercury.

Seattle is on the cusp of being three-for-three in the Finals, all of them with Sue Bird at the helm.

The only time the Washington Mystics beat the Seattle Storm in the regular season was a 100-77 blowout on August 9. She was named game MVP after already being named league MVP of the WNBA for 2018. "She truly was the MVP of this league".

What was billed as a battle between two of the league's most lethal three-point shooting teams turned into a one-sided display for the Storm. Now I can go to the bar and order her everything she needs.

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In July Bird said that she believed Stewart opening up about her past had a connection to the maturity she's seen in Stewart this year, also noting that on the court she seemed more confident and driven. In turn, they've forced Seattle to turn the ball over a combined 25 times so far and forced 15 turnovers in game two alone. "She makes your team better". The decision to speak publicly about a very private part of her life, along with the outpouring of support afterwards, have given her a sense of freedom, she said. It never has been. We got a lot better in Game 2 after not the best performance in Game 1. "Just don't tell me about it". Washington won all three to get to this point. Following the Phoenix loss, Seattle won five in a row.

Bird returned from a broken nose suffered 48 hours earlier for masked heroics, in which she took over in the clutch while scoring 14 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter of a decisive Game 5 win in the semis. Starting with a Stewart 3-point play, Seattle countered with eight consecutive points and pulled away.

And Wednesday, Bird tallied 10 assists, her career high for the Finals, while scoring 10 points, including a pair of dagger three-pointers in the fourth quarter.

The season has not only been her most successful, but her most transformational. And that's all a point guard needs.

Of course this 2018 title was about Bird, more so than the other championships.

Head Coach Dan Hughes is celebrating his first league title after previously leading two other WNBA teams to the playoffs.

"I didn't ask them to do anything for me", Bird said.

The answer came almost four months later with a championship. The nucleus is young and still hungry, except for Bird, who is, well, not so young, but still hungry.

She's paired with Stewart, All-Star guard Jewell Loyd, two-time champion Natasha Howard, defensive ace Alysha Clark and a supporting cast that includes Whitcomb and rookie Jordin Canada, Bird's heir apparent.

Toliver, seated next to the first-team All-WNBA player, chimed in.

The 24-year-old forward is the sixth player to win both MVP awards in the same season joining Cynthia Cooper (who did it twice), Lisa Leslie, Diana Taurasi, Sylvia Fowles and former Storm star Lauren Jackson.

Taj McWilliams-Franklin played until she was 42. "Those are huge. Those are huge because not only is she going to score, she's going to distribute well". I've known her since she was a sophomore or junior at UConn.