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What’s at stake for Sun-Sky in Game 5 of the WNBA semifinals

It’s happening. Both teams have it all on the line in their final quest for a bid to the WNBA Finals. 

What’s at stake for Sun-Sky in Game 5 of the WNBA Semifinals

The Connecticut Sun, in fact, did have suggestions on pro players making a layup as they ran the Chicago Sky out of the Mohegan Sun gym, 104-80, in a statement Game 4 win to keep their Finals hopes alive and force a decisive Game 5 back in Chicago. 

Nothing about this game was like the others for the Sun, which made just 36.8% of their shots in Game 3 and 37.3% of their looks in Game 1. Connecticut torched an uncharacteristically sloppy Chicago defense to make 56.9% of their shots from the field. This game was never close.

DeWanna Bonner and Courtney Williams led the way for the Sun scoring 19 points each. Alyssa Thomas scored 17 points with eight rebounds and four assists, while Jonquel Jones scored nine points with seven rebounds and five assists. Six Sky players scored in double figures but none more than Kahleah Copper’s 16.

Now, everything is on the line for Thursday night’s game at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The Sun (+4.5) are looking to reach the Finals for the first time since falling in five games to the Washington Mystics in 2019. The Sky are looking to reach back-to-back Finals appearances and come away with a second trophy.

There are other stakes, too. The Sun could be in for a big change this offseason at either the head coaching position or their roster or both. The team fell to the Sky in the semifinals last season despite being the No. 1 seed, and lost in the 2020 semis as well.

No one knows how many years legend Candace Parker has to give to the game as well. And while it may not be her last series, it could be her last chance to win a third championship. 

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