The 2010 Women’s National Basketball Association Champion is the Seattle Storm.
This talented team led by All Pro guard Sue Bird along with a host of some of the most talented-defensive players in the young league history, swept the Atlanta Dream 3 games to 0. Although this series was hotly contested and each and every game the Atlanta Dream always seemed to come out just a little short at the end of the championship series.
Today we will look at all three games in a great synopsis of each exciting championship series game from the opening tip all the way to the closing jumper and talk a little bit about one of the most-beloved and athletically-gifted players in WNBA history, Sue Bird.
Bird Leads Storm Past Dream in WNBA Finals Opener
Sue Bird was tough from the beginning of the first quarter all the way till the very end even making a tie-breaking jumper from the free-throw line with only 2.6 seconds left in the first game of the series. Bird’s shot ended up being the difference maker as the Storm beat the Atlanta Dream 79-77 in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals. The Dream had one more shot at tying the game or actually winning the game with a three-pointer that bounced off the rim for Angel McCoughtry and the Dream. The best-of-five series returned to Seattle for a most pivotal game of the series with the Storm up 1 game to 0.
Seattle Beats Atlanta to Take 2-0 Lead in Finals
Coach Brian Agler of the Seattle Storm watched his team throw the ball away and miss several key free throws down the stretch Tuesday night. But when it was all said and done the bottom line was that the Storm was just won one away from their second NBA title in franchise history.
Although not a pretty win the Seattle team moved one step closer to the title with the 87-84 win over the Atlanta Dream in game two of the WNBA Finals for 2010. The regular-season MVP, Lauren Jackson, pitched in with 26 points with teammate Swin Cash adding 19 to further the cause for the eventual champion Storm from Seattle.
The series looked like it was all wrapped-up with a 2-0 game lead for the Sound and never in the short history of the WNBA has a team come back from that large of an opening series deficit. Maybe Atlanta thought they could change the outcome of history but in the end they were just a little short, especially in the final game.
Seattle Storm Win First Title Since 2004
The Seattle Storm won their first title since 2004 and the second title in franchise history with a close all the way through win over the Atlanta Dream by the exact same score as game 2 of these 2010 Championship Finals 87–84. Lauren Jackson was named Finals MVP for the world champion Seattle Storm and Sue Bird was pivotal in leading her team to their second championship in six years.
Undefeated Postseason for Storm
The Seattle Storm made up for the long gap between championship titles by dominating the 2010 season. Seattle was 28-6 during the regular season which tied the league record for wins before eventually sweeping in each of its three postseason series. Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson are the only players remaining from the Storm’s 2004 WNBA Championship team.
The way the Seattle Storm blew through the regular season 2010 and then going undefeated in every postseason game is truly a remarkable feat that has never been done before in the WNBA or the NBA for that matter.