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WNBA Semifinals: Aces at Mystics - Game 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream how to watch

WNBA Semifinals: Aces at Mystics - Game 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream how to watch

After a thrilling back-and-forth contest to start the WNBA Semifinals, the Washington Mystics and Elena Delle Donne are back in action to host the Las Vegas Aces for Game 2.

Washington took Game 1 97-95 over Las Vegas in their first game in nine days to start the series. Rusty and stuttering out of the gate, the Mystics were able to gut out a win after an explosive run in the third and early fourth quarter. 

Emma Meesseman (27 points) led the charge for Washington. In the third quarter, she took over the game totaling 13 of the team's 26 points and got the Mystics back in control of the contest. Elena Delle Donne finished with 24 points and hit the game-clinching basket in the final minute of regulation.

A'ja Wilson had 23 points in a losing effort, despite playing all but three minutes. Off the bench, Kelsey Plum emerged with 16 points to give the Aces an additional spark. 

Game 2 is on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 8:30 p.m. ET at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. The best-of-five series features the high-powered and No. 1 seeded Mystics against the most defensively sound squad in the No. 4 seeded Aces.

The Aces entered the series with a ton of momentum, fresh off one of the craziest wins in WNBA history. They gut-punched the top seed in the opening half and nearly stole it in the closing seconds. Nevertheless, it appears the Mystics with the third-best offense in the WNBA's existence found their footing and will be better prepared for Game 2. 

ACES VS. MYSTICS GAME 2:

Who: Las Vegas Aces at Washington Mystics

What: WNBA Semifinals Game 2

When: Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, 8:30 p.m. ET

Where: Entertainment and Sports Arena, Washington D.C.

TV Channel: ESPN2

Live Stream: WatchESPN

MYSTICS vs. ACES WNBA SEMIFINALS SCHEDULE:

Game 1: Mystics 97, Aces 95 (Mystics lead 1-0)

Game 2: Thurs, Sept. 19: Aces at Mystics, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Game 3: Sun, Sept. 22: Mystics at Aces, 5:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Game 4: Tue, Sept 24: Mystics at Aces, Time TBD, ESPN2 (if necessary)

Game 5: Thurs, Sept. 26: Aces at Mystics, Time TBD, ESPN2 (if necessary)

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Will the 2020 NBA champion deserve an asterisk?

Will the 2020 NBA champion deserve an asterisk?

Most of the questions surrounding the NBA season were answered Thursday when the league approved a plan for return to play

Where are they playing? Disney. How many teams? 22. When will games begin? July 31. 

One question the NBA can't answer is how this year's champion will be perceived for years to come. Will they deserve an asterisk or should they be recognized as much as every other title team in history? 

Chris Miller, Drew Gooden, Chase Hughes and Quinton Mayo had a spirited debate on the subject, and that's putting it lightly. Gooden kicked things off by stating there's no avoiding the asterisk based on how this year has gone. 

"Asterisk, asterisk, asterisk, asterisk," Gooden said. "This is a big trick bag, real talk. If LeBron wins this championship, you can't crown him the greatest player of all time. This is like that San Antonio win they tried to kill Tim Duncan and [Gregg Popovich] for in 1999. If that didn't count, what do you think they'll say for this season? They're gonna say the same thing."

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Wizards reporter Chase Hughes was, and correctly, on the other side of the argument. The 2019-20 campaign was indeed shortened [73 games], but it will still turn out longer than 1999 [50 games] and 2012 [66 games], the league's only lockouts to result in lost games.

Every team will go through the same challenges in this Disney World bubble. Sure, older teams like the Lakers will benefit from extra rest, but it's not like the Clippers and Bucks have been running marathons three days a week to make sure LeBron has the freshest legs when play resumes. They'll be ready too!

While Hughes clarified the only championships that deserve asterisks are for cheating teams like the 2017 Houston Astros, he came in with some serious heat to follow up Gooden's point. 

"The titles I think most people would say have an asterisk, and I think this will stand the test of time, fairly or unfairly, are the two titles the Warriors won after [Kevin] Durant joined them," Hughes said. "[GM Bob Myers] confirmed that they felt the same way a few weeks ago saying it just didn't feel as impressive as the other one."

If you notice Chase's Twitter following spike with LeBron fans over the next few weeks, you can reference the quote above as the reason why.

As a retort, Gooden posed quite the hypothetical. What if the Wizards, who were 5.5 games out of a playoff spot and were long shots to make the postseason before the season was suspended and a new format kept them in the mix, ended up winning it all?

Gooden: "I'm gonna be excited, but what is the world gonna say? Is it an asterisk?"

Chris Miller: "Hell no!"

Gooden: "I think this is the most jenkiest hoops season ever."

Whether or not this year's championship deserves an asterisk or not, it's a title that'll most likely fade away over time. Nobody says, "Well technically, Tim Duncan has five titles but it's really four because the 1999 season only had 50 games."

Instead of discounting this year's champion, shouldn't they be celebrated more? The team that wins this year will have to overcome a four-month gap between games, handle social distancing and preventative measures to keep everyone healthy and win 16 playoff games without fans in the stands.

However jenky this season ended up being, this year's champ will have a special place in NBA history. 

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Tim Legler remembers hero, friend and former colleague Wes Unseld

Tim Legler remembers hero, friend and former colleague Wes Unseld

Former Bullets player Tim Legler has felt the impact Wes Unseld made on basketball and this world in a variety of ways.

He grew up a Bullets fan, spending his early years split between Richmond, VA and Baltimore, MD. He later became an NBA player and spent four seasons in Washington where Unseld ran the front office. And through their working relationship, they became long-time friends, staying in touch over the years.

Legler joined the 'Wizards Talk' podcast for an upcoming episode to share memories of Unseld, who passed away this week at the age of 74.

"I remember going to my very first basketball camp when I was 12 years old. I had a t-shirt that I got and I dyed it Bullets colors and I put Unseld on the back of it," he said.

"One of the very first times I remember crying over a sporting event was when the Bullets lost to the Supersonices in the [NBA Finals]. It broke my heart. Now, here you are on charted flights with this guy, you're on buses with him, you're at practice with him, you're getting a chance to know him on a human level. Honestly man, I was pinching myself."

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Legler knew Unseld the player as an enforcer who was as feared as anyone who played during his era of the 1970s. But as Legler got to know the Hall of Famer personally, he realized there was much more to him than the tough exterior.

"The thing I will always remember about Wes Unseld is that to me he is epitome of what you would label a gentle giant because he was a mountain of a man. He's one of the strongest physical specimens that has ever stepped on the floor and an NBA court," Legler said.

"But he had the biggest heart. He was a kind man, he was a respectful person. He always treated me and my family great, and every other person I saw Wes Unseld come in contact with. So he went beyond whether you regarded him as a basketball player or basketball executive."

Legler added he was deeply affected by Unseld's passing. Though Unseld's health had declined in recent years, it took him by surprise when he saw the news.

"It was a gut-punch, no doubt," he said. "It takes your breath away for a second because immediately you are transported back to that time."

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