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WNBA playoff series opener postponed after inconclusive COVID-19 tests

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WNBA playoff series opener postponed after inconclusive COVID-19 tests

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The WNBA says the Storm-Lynx playoffs series opener is postponed 'out of an abundance of caution'

The WNBA playoff series opener between the Seattle Storm and Minnesota Lynx scheduled for Sunday, September 20, was abruptly postponed after Storm players received inconclusive coronavirus tests.

The league said the game scheduled to be held in the WNBA quarantine bubble in Bradenton, Florida, was postponed “out of an abundance of caution.”

“Players with inconclusive results have undergone additional testing today and are currently in isolation,” the league said in a statement. “The new date for Game 1 will be communicated as developments warrant.”

The announcement came less than two hours before the game was scheduled to tip off.

WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a television interview she boarded the Storm’s bus to tell them.

“We needed more testing and data,” Engelbert said. “As soon as I talked to them they were concerned about health and safety, and it wasn’t about basketball at that point.”

The Lynx were already at the arena and some players were warming up when they were told.

“This is the hardest part of COVID-19 of putting on live sports,” Engelbert said. “Every day, you’re reset to zero.”

Earlier Sunday, the Connecticut Sun beat the Las Vegas Aces, 87-62, in Game 1 of their semifinal series. –

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