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2008 WNBA Playoffs

2008 WNBA Playoffs
Conference Conf. Champion Coach
East Detroit Shock Bill Laimbeer
West S.A. Silver Stars Dan Hughes
Dates: September 19 – October 5
Finals Champion: Detroit Shock
Attendance: 8,420 per game
Eastern Conference Western Conference
1st Detroit 1st San Antonio
2nd Connecticut 2nd Seattle
3rd New York 3rd Los Angeles
4th Indiana 4th Sacramento
WNBA Playoffs

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The 2008 WNBA Playoffs was the postseason for the Women's National Basketball Association's 2008 season which ended with the Eastern Conference champion Detroit Shock defeating the Western Conference champion San Antonio Silver Stars 3-0.


  • The top 4 teams from each conference qualify for the playoffs.
    • All 4 teams are seeded by basis of their standings.
  • The series for rounds one and two are in a best-of-three format with Games 2 and 3 on the home court of the team with the higher seed.
  • The series for the WNBA Finals is in a best-of-five format with Games 1, 2 and 5 on the home court of the team with the higher seed.
  • Reseeding (as used in the Stanley Cup Playoffs) is not in use: therefore, all playoff matchups are predetermined via the teams' seedings.

Playoff qualifying

Eastern Conference

The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the East:

  1. Detroit Shock (22–12)
  2. Connecticut Sun (21–13)
  3. New York Liberty (19–15)
  4. Indiana Fever (17–17)

Western Conference

The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the West:

  1. San Antonio Silver Stars (24–10)
  2. Seattle Storm (22–12)
  3. Los Angeles Sparks (20–14)
  4. Sacramento Monarchs (18–16)


This was the outlook for the 2008 WNBA playoffs. Teams in italics had home court advantage. Teams in bold advanced to the next round. Numbers to the left of each team indicate the team's original playoffs seeding in their respective conferences. Numbers to the right of each team indicate the number of games the team won in that round.

First Round Conference Finals WNBA Finals
1 Detroit 2
4 Indiana 1
1 Detroit 2
Eastern Conference
3 New York 1
2 Connecticut 1
3 New York 2
1 Detroit 3
1 San Antonio 0
1 San Antonio 2
4 Sacramento 1
1 San Antonio 2
Western Conference
3 Los Angeles 1
2 Seattle 1
3 Los Angeles 2

Eastern Conference

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