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What are the WNBA Finals?
The final round of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) playoffs is called the WNBA Finals. The winner of the WNBA Finals wins the WNBA championship.
They’re sometimes simply called the Finals.
The WNBA Finals features a matchup between the WNBA’s Eastern Conference champions and the Western Conference champions (the winners of each conference’s playoffs). It’s a best-of-five series of games (in which the winner is the first team to win three games).
The most valuable player in the series is named the WNBA Finals MVP.
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Where does WNBA Finals come from?
The championship held at the end of the WNBA’s inaugural season in 1997 was called the WNBA Championship (and it was a single game). The name was changed to the WNBA Finals in 2002. It was a best-of-three series from 1998–2004 and became a best-of-five series in 2005.
The word Finals is used in the name of the two WNBA conference championship series (Eastern Conference Finals and Western Conference Finals) as well as championship series in other leagues, including the NBA Finals and the Stanley Cup Finals (in professional hockey).
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Who uses WNBA Finals?
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- The Houston Comets won the WNBA Championship in the first four seasons of the WNBA.
- WNBA champion Sue Bird won her fourth WNBA championship in 2020, 16 years after she won her first, in 2004.
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