How sweet it is for the Western Conference champions Seattle Storm

If you didn’t see it yourself, you heard about Sue Bird’s long three-shot that won the Western Conference Championship for the Seattle Storm today. Of course it was a team effort, but someone’s always been ready to step up and save the day for the Storm this season in all of their close wins. Seattle is not only cohesive as hell, but they are mentally tough. Their 28-6 regular season record was no accident.

Now they have a full week to rest and practice before hosting game one of the WNBA Finals next Sunday at Key Arena. Their opponent is still being decided, but Atlanta pulled out game one of the Eastern Conference finals this afternoon. They beat the Liberty 81-75 behind Angel McCoughtry’s 21 points.

Mechelle Voepel’s take on ATL-NY.

The Storm fought back from a deficit today to win their game, and Atlanta has fought back after starting the season in blazing fashion and then losing several games and falling in the standings. That shared trait of persistence would make for a good finals series, and with all due respect to the Liberty, Atlanta would be the better opponent for Seattle.

Game two between the Dream and Liberty will be Tuesday.

The quote of the day is from the Seattle Times story, linked above:

“We’re an old team,” said Bird, who finished with 16 points and eight assists. “Any days where we don’t have games are beneficial for us. It’s huge.”

That’s funny.

Update at 10:45 p.m……Swin Cash just posted this picture of hundreds of Storm fans at SeaTac Airport to welcome the team home as they got off their 10:15 p.m. flight. Pretty sweet – and apparently they won’t settle down, according to some twitter tweets.

Almost every WNBA team tells their crowd at some point that they have “the best fans in the league.” But only the Storm is telling the truth.

Storm broadcaster Dick Fain predicted the comeback.