"You know, I don't even think about the games".
"The players came into this season and they wanted to dedicate this season to social justice and Breonna Taylor and say her name", she said.
Stewart saw her minutes limited to just 25 as she got into foul trouble early on Tuesday, but she ended the night with 26 points, her sixth consecutive Finals game with at least 20 points, which amounts to the longest streak in league history, passing Cynthia Cooper and Angel McCoughtry. The 2020 vote for Stewart garnering the honor was unanimous.
It truly is unbelievable that Breanna Stewart is just 18 months removed from tearing her Achilles' tendon. "But to be here and see myself playing like this and having so much potential going forward, it's exciting but also really appreciating what we were able to do this year".
Outside of Sue Bird, who will turn 40 on October 16, the core of this Storm team is young, led by the two-time Finals MVP Breanna Stewart, who just finished her fourth WNBA season with her second championship.
And now they are the 2020 WNBA champions after spending 97 days in the "wubble" in the Bradenton, Florida for a shortened WNBA season. "So you have a team that grew as a unit and individuals in 2019, got playoff experience, and then you bring back to that a hungrier, more refreshed Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart and everyone's level comes up".
"The city of Seattle has always had our back", Stewart said after Tuesday's win. There's so much of an unknown after rupturing my Achilles.
After missing all of 2019 with a knee injury, Bird missed half of the 2020 regular season as she dealt with a bone bruise in her knee. "They are a team that won four in six or seven years", Bird said.
"We were able to do something as a league that on one else was".
And it may not be the end for the WNBA legend, who is not ruling out playing next season and potentially for the United States in the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. "I just kind of start working out and see how I feel", said Bird, who averaged 11 assists in the WNBA Finals. "And I'm not trying to be illusive". That's what the last two years have taught me.