They’ve done it before, as the video above shows so effectively.
In fact they’ve done it throughout the WNBA postseason, barely sneaking into the proceedings and upsetting Eastern Conference powers Atlanta and Indiana along the way. If it hasn’t been a special season all around for the Chicago Sky (they did have an under .500 record in the regular season), this certainly has been a special and unexpected run, the franchise’s first to its league’s championship series.
Though it could come to an end tonight in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals against a star-laden Phoenix Mercury team — who thoroughly outplayed the Sky in the series’ first two games — the team has proven that finales don’t come easy for Sky opponents.
Don’t look for us here to be Sky experts, in fact the above “they’ve” is the first words this site has offered on the team this season. That was a mistake, cause this team deserves better and it deserves no less than a big show-out tonight from Chicago in what is the city’s first professional championship game in basketball since June of 1998. That game, unfortunately, was a loss, but the series ended well.
The Sky don’t have the benefit of playing from ahead in this series like the Bulls did by Game 5 that year, nor do they have the benefit of Michael Jordan (though Elena Delle Donne’s trans formative effect on her franchise may be comparable to the Bulls pre-and-post Mike) but lets put the city behind them, at least for one night.
Rock your sky blue and try to fill up the UIC Pavillion, which itself has seen precious few games as big as this one. If you can’t get there, at least tune in for a little while and place your little girls down in front of the screen. Just as Jordan and Co. helped open wide this city’s possibilities and re-ignited love for a sport, so could the Sky give us something else to broaden our horizons, keeping us on the lookout for more possible titles to come.
More on the WNBA Finals:
Can Elena Delle Donne, Chicago Sky rally in WNBA Finals? (ChicagoNow)
Brittney Griner a game-time decision vs. Sky (Chicago Sun-Times)
Consistent Candice Dupree is a quiet star (Chicago Sun-Times)
Sky owner: Return to Pavilion strange, weird, surreal (Daily Herald)
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