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The 2021 WNBA Playoffs are in full swing. See below for round one results, an updated playoff bracket and schedule, plus TV channel info for this weekend’s round two games.

Quick refresher: How do the WNBA Playoffs work?

The playoff format is the same in 2021 as recent seasons. The top eight teams at the end of the regular season – regardless of conference – qualified for the WNBA playoffs.

A team’s regular season ranking is important: the top two teams received a bye to the semifinal round, while the third- and fourth-ranked teams received a bye to the second round. The first and second rounds are single elimination, while the semifinal and final rounds feature a best-of-five format.

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Since the current WNBA playoff format was adopted in 2016, only once (2018) did the two teams that made the best-of-five finals differ from the two top teams at the end of the regular season. That year, the Washington Mystics (ranked third) defeated the No. 2 Atlanta Dream to qualify for the WNBA Finals. (The Mystics then lost in the Finals 3-0 to the top-ranked Seattle Storm.)

2021 WNBA Playoffs – Bracket and Seeds

Here are the teams still in the running for the 2021 WNBA title:

  1. Connecticut Sun (double bye to semifinal round)

  2. Las Vegas Aces (double bye to semifinal round)

  3. Minnesota Lynx (bye to second round)

  4. Seattle Storm (bye to second round)

  5. Phoenix Mercury

  6. Chicago Sky

Eliminated from title contention: Dallas Wings (7), New York Liberty (8)

Here’s a look at the WNBA playoff bracket ahead of this weekend’s games:

2021 WNBA Playoffs – First Round Results (single elimination)

Thursday, September 23

Chicago (6) def. Dallas – 81-64

8:00PM ET

ESPN2

Thursday, September 23

Phoenix (5) def. New York (8) – 83-82

10:00PM ET

ESPN2

WNBA Playoff Games this Weekend – Second Round (single elimination)

Sunday, September 26

Phoenix (5) at Seattle (4)

3:00pm ET

ABC

Sunday, September 26

Chicago (6) at Minnesota (3)

5:00pm ET

ESPN2

2021 WNBA Semifinals (best-of-five format)

Note: Games marked with an asterisk (*) will only be played if necessary.

Tuesday, September 28

TBD at Connecticut (1) – Game 1

8:00PM

ESPN2

Tuesday, September 28

TBD at Las Vegas (2) – Game 1

10:00PM

ESPN2

Thursday, September 30

TBD at Connecticut (1) – Game 2

8:00PM

ESPN2

Thursday, September 30

TBD at Las Vegas (2) – Game 2

10:00PM

ESPN2

Sunday, October 3

Connecticut (1) at TBD – Game 3

Time TBD

TV TBD

Sunday, October 3

Las Vegas (2) at TBD – Game 3

Time TBD

TV TBD

Wednesday, October 6

Connecticut (1) at TBD – Game 4*

Time TBD

ESPN

Wednesday, October 6

Las Vegas (2) at TBD – Game 4*

Time TBD

ESPN

Friday, October 8

TBD at Connecticut (1) – Game 5*

Time TBD

ESPN2

Friday, October 8

TBD at Las Vegas (2) – Game 5*

Time TBD

ESPN2

2021 WNBA Finals (best-of-five format)

Notes: The WNBA Finals will move up to start on October 6 or 8 if both semifinal rounds end in 3 or 4 games, respectively. Games marked with an asterisk (*) will only be played if necessary.

Sunday, October 10

TBD – Game 1

3:00PM

ABC

Wednesday, October 13

TBD – Game 2

9:00PM

ESPN

Friday, October 15

TBD – Game 3

9:00PM

ESPN2

Sunday, October 17

TBD – Game 4*

3:00PM

ESPN

Tuesday, October 19

TBD – Game 5*

9:00PM

ESPN2

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2021 WNBA Playoffs: Full schedule, bracket, results, and how to watch originally appeared on NBCSports.com

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