Seattle Storm 2020 Schedule (Revised) Jul 13, 2020 12:02:09 GMT -8
Post by David on Jul 13, 2020 12:02:09 GMT -8
The following is the complete revised 2020 Regular Season schedule for the Seattle Storm.
The reduced 22-game schedule comes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has wrecked havoc among major North American sports leagues, including the WNBA. The original WNBA Schedule was to include an expansion of 36 total games (18 home, 18 away); the increase in two games was to be the first schedule increase since the league went from 32 games to 34 back in 2003. (Click here to view the pre-pandemic original 2020 Storm schedule)
The Storm are entering their 21st Season as members of the WNBA. The Storm play in the Western Conference, along with the Dallas Wings, Los Angeles Sparks, Minnesota Lynx, Las Vegas Aces, and the Phoenix Mercury.
Much like their men's counterparts in the NBA, the WNBA will be playing in a "Bubble City" (or as the players have referred to it, the "Wubble") at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida (about 45 miles south of Tampa, FL). The Sports Academy, a boarding school dedicated to student-athletes Grades 6-12 and Post-Grads, will serve as a Bubble City to try and prevent/contain the outbreak of COVID-19 among WNBA players, coaches, and staff.
All 12 franchises will play their 22-game schedule at the IMG Academy, which contains a Fieldhouse that contains two basketball courts. The daily play schedule will consist of three games each day, beginning Saturday, July 25th through Tuesday, September 8th, followed by the WNBA Playoffs.
Seattle's third-year head coach, Dan Hughes, will miss the 2020 season. Hughes, 65, battled cancer last season, and will not coach after it was determined he could be at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Assistant Head Coach Gary Kloppenburg will take the reigns for the 2020 season, having filled in for Hughes last season as he missed time due to recovery from cancer surgery. Kloppenberg was also named the interim Head Coach in 2017, taking over for Jenny Boucek late in the campaign. Under Kloppenburg, the Storm went 5-3 and a playoff appearance.
Hughes is expected to return in 2021. In his two seasons as Head Coach of the Storm, the team has gone 44-24 during his regular season tenure, along with a WNBA Championship in 2018. His 44 regular season wins are the 3rd most wins in Storm team history behind Anne Donovan (93 wins) and Brian Agler (136 wins)
Meanwhile, on the court, the Storm look to rebound in 2020 after a disastrous start to the 2019 season after losing its top two stars to injury for the entire season. Forward Breanna Stewart, the 2018 WNBA MVP, ruptured her Achilles tendon while playing overseas, while future Hall of Fame guard Sue Bird sat out after undergoing arthroscopic surgery in her knee. Both should make much needed contributions to a Storm team that fought every step of the way to finish the season at 18-16, finishing the season at 3rd in the Western Conference. The Storm made the playoffs as the #6 seed, defeating Minnesota in the First Round of the Playoffs before falling to Los Angeles in the Second Round.
Seattle will tip-off their season on July 25th against the New York Liberty.
National broadcast information for games on ABC, the ESPN family of Networks, and CBS Sports Network are listed in parenthesis. Game times are listed in Pacific Time (PST) and are subject to change. Games played on Court 1 are listed in bold green, while games listed on Court 2 bold yellow. Updated results will appear bold for wins.
Sat., July 25 - New York Liberty (W 87-71)
Tue., July 28 - Minnesota Lynx (W 90-66)
Thu., July 30 - Washington Mystics (L 71-89)
Sat., August 1 - Los Angeles Sparks (W 81-75)
Tue., August 4 - Connecticut Sun (W 87-74)
Thu., August 6 - Atlanta Dream, 3 p.m. (ESPN2)
Sat., August 8 - Phoenix Mercury, 12 p.m. (ABC)
Mon., August 10 - Chicago Sky, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
Wed., August 12 - Atlanta Dream, 7 p.m.
Fri., August 14 - Dallas Wings, 5 p.m. (NBATV)
Sun., August 16 - Connecticut Sun, 3 p.m. (ABC)
Tue., August 18 - New York Liberty, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Thu., August 20 - Indiana Fever, 5 p.m.
Sat., August 22 - Las Vegas Aces, 3 p.m. (ABC)
Tue., August 25 - Indiana Fever, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Thu., August 27 - Las Vegas Aces, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
Sat., August 29 - Chicago Sky, 11 a.m. (ABC)
Wed., September 2 - Washington Mystics, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
Fri., September 4 - Los Angeles Sparks, 7 p.m.
Sun., September 6 - Minnesota Lynx, 3 p.m.
Wed., September 9 - Dallas Wings, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
Fri., September 11 - Phoenix Mercury, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
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