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Sky prepare for rematch of 2021 Semis against Sun

1 month agoKarli Bell

2022 is looking eerily similar to 2021, because we get a rematch for this season’s WNBA Semi-Finals. 

The Chicago Sky will host the Connecticut Sun on Sunday, Aug. 28th to kick off a best-of-5 series for the WNBA Semi-Finals. The Sky took the 2021 series in 4 games.

In the 2022 regular season, the Sky swept the four games against the Sun but not without their fair share of close calls. All games were won by 8 points or less, the last matchup being a 3-point victory on August 7th. Every matchup between these two teams this season has come down to the final seconds and free throws. 

There’s a 3-headed monster on Connecticut: DeWanna Bonner, Jonquel Jones and Alyssa Thomas. All three veterans were a part of the 2021 Sun team.

Jones and Bonner are the inside threats. Over the 4-game regular season series, Bonner averaged almost 17 points a game, and Jones followed right behind with an average of almost 15 points a game. Defensively, they both crash the boards, with Jones ranked in the Top 5 in the WNBA, averaging 9 rebounds a game.

Thomas is a sneaky shooting forward who runs the transition offense and will drive into traffic without question. In the 4 games against Chicago in the regular season, over 70% of her scoring came from inside the paint and 20% off the fast break. She draws contact easily and could put some key Sky players in foul trouble.

The Sun will hang around and make Chicago pay for the smallest mistakes. Connecticut is great at converting those turnovers into points, with over 20% over their points coming off turnovers in the regular season. They poke their hands in passing lanes and play tight defensive coverage on the perimeter.

This will be a series won inside the lane. With two teams who love to play in transition and aren’t true 3-point shooting teams, every game could come down to the final seconds. 

Fans will have to wait and see come Game 1. Tip time is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

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