2017 WNBA Playoffs
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|Dates||September 6 - October 4|
|Champions||Minnesota Lynx (Finals champion)|
|Higher seed finalist||Minnesota Lynx (Coach: Cheryl Reeve)|
|Lower seed finalist||Los Angeles Sparks (Coach: Brian Agler)|
|Eastern Conference||Western Conference|
|3rd New York Liberty||1st Minnesota Lynx|
|4th Connecticut Sun||2nd Los Angeles Sparks|
|6th Washington Mystics||5th Phoenix Mercury|
|7th Dallas Wings|
|8th Seattle Storm|
Following the WNBA regular season, eight teams in the entire league qualified for the playoffs and were seeded one to eight. Regular season records determined the seedings of the teams. The team with the best record received seed one, the team with the next best record received seed two, and so on. The top two seeds get double byes, while the next two seeds get first-round byes.
These seedings were used to create a bracket that determines the match-ups throughout the playoffs. The first round of the playoffs consisted of two match-ups based on the seedings (5-8 and 6-7). The two winners advanced to the second round with a match-up between the number 3 seed and the lower of the advancing seeds and another match-up between the number 4 seed and the other first round winner. The winners of the first two rounds advanced to the semifinals, where the lower ranked seed of the winners faced the number 1 seed, while the other remaining team faced the number 2 seed.
The first two rounds are single elimination games played on the higher ranking seed's home court. The semifinals and WNBA Finals are best-of-five series played in a 2-2-1 format, meaning the team with home-court advantage (better record) hosts games 1, 2, and 5 while their opponent hosts games 3 and 4.
- Better winning percentage among all head-to-head games involving tied teams.
- Better winning percentage against teams within conference (for Finals only: better record against teams in # the opposite conference).
- Better winning percentage against all teams with a .500 or better record at the end of the season.
- Better point differential in games involving tied teams.
- Coin toss (or draw of lots, if at least 3 teams are still tied after the first 4 tiebreakers fail).
|Playoff berth||Bye to Semis||Top Record|
|2||Los Angeles Sparks||26–8|
|3||New York Liberty||22–12|
Playoffs and Finals
(Sept. 12 – Sept. 17)
(Sept. 24 – Oct. 4)
|Los Angeles Sparks||3|
|Los Angeles Sparks||2|
|New York Liberty||68|
Note: Teams re-seeded after second round and semi-finals.
|Los Angeles Sparks||79||86||89|
|Los Angeles Sparks||85||68||75||69||76|