History says Seattle Storm WNBA coronation only a matter of time

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

Mystics' historic season ends in disappointment, but with optimism for future

"I thought we're going to win and then we didn't".

She's overcome a knee injury that forced her to sit out the 2013 season and survived a four-year roster reconstruction that resulted in two years of missing the postseason followed by a pair of first-round playoff exits. Howard was right behind her, dropping a double-double 29 points and 14 rebounds in the win, shooting 11-of-14 from the field.

Up 2-0 against the Mercury in the WNBA semifinals, Seattle had the chance to clinch the series on the road.

Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart (30) shoots the ball over Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne (11) during the second quarter in game three of the WNBA Finals at Eagle Bank Arena.

Bird is now celebrating her third championship with the Storm.

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Hughes says credits his willingness to listen to life, and his wife, for taking on the Storm head coach role.

Skylar Diggins-Smith, Wings: Now a three-time All-WNBA honoree, she averaged a career-high 6.2 assists (third in the WNBA) to go with 17.9 points while playing a league-high 34.1 minutes per game.

Seattle is in the WNBA Finals for the third time in franchise history.

Sue Bird, also a member of a Seattle's championship teams in 2004 and 2010, had 10 points and 10 assists.

It was Stewart and Howard who went off tonight. "She's kind of helped me get to this point, and like you said, if there was one person on this team that I wanted to win it with it was her".

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"There is probably no comparison to be honest. I would have loved to have made those last two at the end, but the majority of the game, just being aggressive, assertive and doing the plays to win the game". "I'm just so thankful that we were both playing in Russian Federation at the time and that we just met because we connected instantly, and that's been my person that I go to about everything in my life". "Not now. We know they're going home and they'll feel good about being at home in front of their fans".

The coach sensed something brewing early in his first year with the franchise.

"I think that series, looking back on Phoenix, it's something that we really learned from", Stewart said. "All year you could just see the escalation". "Elena [Delle Donne] and Kristi and Ariel Atkins, Tianna Hawkins, they're all top-level, top-10 3-point shooters", Thibault said. "[Turnovers have] just stopped us from getting into the flow we want to get into". The great thing is we can still improve. Rightfully so, the team's 3-0 sweep of the Washington Mystics in the Finals caught the attention of National Basketball Association stars such LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, among others.

Perhaps opposing teams are being more careful defending Delle Donne, because when she does get to the line, she's automatic. Loyd and Stewart would prove instrumental, and Bird's continued success and leadership late into her career has been a key to the team's development over the past few years. "To do it with this group, the way we did it, I don't even know how to react".

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