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Breanna Stewart returns from Achilles injury to win WNBA title, Finals MVP

Breanna Stewart returns from Achilles injury to win WNBA title, Finals MVP”

"It's a remarkable tandem (with Bird). She just has it".

Magbegor's Opals teammate Sami Whitcomb was also on the Storm's roster, but watched the finals from quarantine in Sydney after opting to return to Australia to be with her expecting partner.

Between her two WNBA titles and four college titles at UConn, Stewart is proving to be an undeniable "winner". "She's continuing to be better and pick up her level of play".

It's the Storm's second championship in three years and fourth overall.

Wilson followed up her rookie season with a solid sophomore year but struggled through her first playoff run. She also won gold medals in the World Championships in 2014 and 2018.

Bird, who will turn 40 next week, has Seattle one victory away from winning the franchise's fourth WNBA title since the Storm drafted her No. 1 in 2002.

Stewart was named Finals MVP for the second time in her career.

Stewart played winter basketball overseas, in Shanghai and in Russian Federation.

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But Stewart was not only concerned about losing a year with Bird in 2019; she was coming off a major injury of her own.

For all the success she's had (and it's A LOT of success), Stewart can still crush the celebration. If not for an Achilles' injury for Stewart and arthroscopic surgery on Bird's knee that scuttled Seattle's hopes in 2019, the Storm might have secured a three-peat Tuesday.

"I wanted to win a ring, and that was the priority", said Stewart. "I wasn't sure if I was ever going to back to where I was". To be able to be here, to be able to see myself playing like this and having so much potential going forward, it's exciting. "Our entire team, that's why we're able to succeed". "It just makes me appreciate more". However, Seattle recovered from its slow start to lead by two points after the opening quarter. Jewell Loyd finished with 19 points and nine rebounds, and Bird had five points and seven assists.

She is averaging 9 points, 13 assists and 2.5 rebounds in the first two games against Las Vegas.

Las Vegas' A'ja Wilson may have won the regular-season MVP award, but Stewart grabbed the coveted Finals MVP.

Season three is when players normally take their biggest jumps in the WNBA. We continued to keep going, no matter what was going on. "Assuming, again, the physical part stayed with me as well". "She misses a whole year, and she came back a better player pretty much in every category".

Bird, who turns 40 October 16, wants to return to play next season, and has a big incentive.

"The fact that I've been able to do it in different decades with the same franchise, not many people can say that", Bird said.



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