Aug 24, 2022 - Sports

Wings to host pivotal elimination game

Isabelle Harrison (20) reaches for the ball during the tipoff against Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones (35) during Game 2.
Isabelle Harrison reaches for the ball during Game 2 against the Connecticut Sun. Photo: Erica Denhoff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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What's happening: After winning their first playoff game since moving to Dallas in 2009, the Wings are playing a do-or-die Game 3 at home Wednesday night against the Connecticut Sun.

The intrigue: The first round used to be single elimination, but the WNBA changed to a best-of-three this year, with the first two games hosted by the higher seed.

  • In what other league does a series-deciding game happen at the lower seed's home court? This could be a huge advantage for the Wings.

Zoom in: After getting pummeled in Game 1, Dallas became the second team in WNBA playoff history to lose by 25+ points and then win the following game by double digits (10).

  • One major difference — the starting lineup. Coach Vickie Johnson started Izzy Harrison at center, while Teaira McCowan came off the bench for the first time in more than a month.
  • That modification caused the Sun second unit fits, making Johnson's adjustments a key tonight.

What's more: Star guard Arike Ogunbowale, who missed most of August with an abdominal injury, is probable for Game 3, per ESPN.

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