2008 WNBA Playoffs

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2008 WNBA Playoffs
Conference Conf. Champion Coach
East Detroit Shock Bill Laimbeer
West S.A. Silver Stars Dan Hughes
Dates: September 19 – October 5
Finals Champion: Detroit Shock
Attendance: 8,420 per game
Standings
Eastern Conference Western Conference
1st Detroit 1st San Antonio
2nd Connecticut 2nd Seattle
3rd New York 3rd Los Angeles
4th Indiana 4th Sacramento
WNBA Playoffs

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The 2008 WNBA Playoffs was the postseason for the Women's National Basketball Association's 2008 season which ended with the Eastern Conference champion Detroit Shock defeating the Western Conference champion San Antonio Silver Stars 3-0.

Format[edit]

  • The top 4 teams from each conference qualify for the playoffs.
    • All 4 teams are seeded by basis of their standings.
  • The series for rounds one and two are in a best-of-three format with Games 2 and 3 on the home court of the team with the higher seed.
  • The series for the WNBA Finals is in a best-of-five format with Games 1, 2 and 5 on the home court of the team with the higher seed.
  • Reseeding (as used in the Stanley Cup Playoffs) is not in use: therefore, all playoff matchups are predetermined via the teams' seedings.

Playoff qualifying[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the East:

  1. Detroit Shock (22–12)
  2. Connecticut Sun (21–13)
  3. New York Liberty (19–15)
  4. Indiana Fever (17–17)

Western Conference[edit]

The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the West:

  1. San Antonio Silver Stars (24–10)
  2. Seattle Storm (22–12)
  3. Los Angeles Sparks (20–14)
  4. Sacramento Monarchs (18–16)

Bracket[edit]

This was the outlook for the 2008 WNBA playoffs. Teams in italics had home court advantage. Teams in bold advanced to the next round. Numbers to the left of each team indicate the team's original playoffs seeding in their respective conferences. Numbers to the right of each team indicate the number of games the team won in that round.

First Round Conference Finals WNBA Finals
                 
1 Detroit 2
4 Indiana 1
1 Detroit 2
Eastern Conference
3 New York 1
2 Connecticut 1
3 New York 2
1 Detroit 3
1 San Antonio 0
1 San Antonio 2
4 Sacramento 1
1 San Antonio 2
Western Conference
3 Los Angeles 1
2 Seattle 1
3 Los Angeles 2

Eastern Conference[edit]

First Round[edit]

(1) Detroit Shock vs. (4) Indiana Fever[edit]

September 19
Detroit Shock 81, Indiana Fever 72
September 21
Indiana Fever 89, Detroit Shock 81
September 23
Indiana Fever 61, Detroit Shock 80
Detroit wins series, 2–1

(2) Connecticut Sun vs. (3) New York Liberty[edit]

September 18
Connecticut Sun 63, New York Liberty 72
September 20
New York Liberty 70, Connecticut Sun 73
September 22
New York Liberty 66, Connecticut Sun 62
New York wins series, 2–1

Conference Finals[edit]

(1) Detroit Shock vs. (3) New York Liberty[edit]

September 26
Detroit Shock 56, New York Liberty 60
September 28
New York Liberty 55, Detroit Shock 64
September 29
New York Liberty 73, Detroit Shock 75
Detroit wins series, 2–1

Western Conference[edit]

First Round[edit]

(1) San Antonio Silver Stars vs. (4) Sacramento Monarchs[edit]

September 18
San Antonio Silver Stars 85, Sacramento Monarchs 78
September 20
Sacramento Monarchs 84, San Antonio Silver Stars 67
September 22
Sacramento Monarchs 81, San Antonio Silver Stars 86
San Antonio wins series, 2–1

(2) Seattle Storm vs. (3) Los Angeles Sparks[edit]

September 19
Seattle Storm 69, Los Angeles Sparks 77
September 21
Los Angeles Sparks 50, Seattle Storm 64
September 23
Los Angeles Sparks 71, Seattle Storm 64
Los Angeles wins series, 2–1

Conference Finals[edit]

(1) San Antonio Silver Stars vs. (3) Los Angeles Sparks[edit]

September 25
San Antonio Silver Stars 70, Los Angeles Sparks 85
September 27
Los Angeles Sparks 66, San Antonio Silver Stars 67
September 28
Los Angeles Sparks 72, San Antonio Silver Stars 76
San Antonio wins series, 2–1

WNBA Finals: San Antonio Silver Stars vs. Detroit Shock[edit]

Main article: 2008 WNBA Finals
October 1
Detroit Shock 77, San Antonio Silver Stars 69
October 3
Detroit Shock 69, San Antonio Silver Stars 61
October 5
San Antonio Silver Stars 60, Detroit Shock 76
Detroit wins series, 3-0

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