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WNBA Fans Not Ready for Sue Bird to Retire After Huge Game as Storm Beat Mystics

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVAugust 21, 2022

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Sue Bird's swan song will continue in the semifinals.

The Seattle Storm point guard showed out yet again Sunday, notching a double-double (18 points, 10 assists) in her team's 97-84 win over the Washington Mystics.

WNBA @WNBA

The <a href="https://twitter.com/seattlestorm?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@seattlestorm</a> are feeling it from the three-point line! <br><br>Five triples in the first quarter, three of them coming from <a href="https://twitter.com/S10Bird?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@S10Bird</a> ๐ŸŽฏ <a href="https://t.co/cOiADR4sWF">pic.twitter.com/cOiADR4sWF</a>

With the victory, the Storm swept the Mystics, 2-0, and will face the Las Vegas Aces in the next round.

Unsurprisingly, Bird was the talk on Twitter after another stellar showing:

Matt Ellentuck @mellentuck

41 year old sue bird controlling the first quarter of a wnba playoff game lmao<br><br>convinced she could do this forever

Doomerpilled Kevin @NBACouchside

I know sheโ€™s ready to retire but Sue Bird is playing at clearly a high enough level to keep going if she wanted to. Remarkable

โ™“๏ธ @holls20824

Sue Bird literally knows what a defender is going to do before they know themselves...and it's always incredible to watch ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WNBAPlayoffs?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WNBAPlayoffs</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WNBATwitter?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WNBATwitter</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TakeCover?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TakeCover</a>

Tyler Byrum @theTylerByrum

Sue Bird just making so many Mystics look silly right now. Vet is carving up these kids.

Kang the Conqueror @saucyrenz

Sue Bird throwing Magic Johnson type no-look dimes. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WNBAPlayoff?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WNBAPlayoff</a> ๐Ÿ‘€

THE SHIFT @theshift_sports

Sue Bird. 41 years old and still a bucket.

CoachChello @DJ4Mars

Sue Bird like CP3 to me. As soon as I wanna hate and say she's not that good she throws an absolute Dime! ๐Ÿ?

Cindy Brunson @CindyBrunsonAZ

What I will always luv about <a href="https://twitter.com/S10Bird?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@S10Bird</a> &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/DianaTaurasi?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DianaTaurasi</a> is not only are they ELITE hoopers, theyโ€™ve stuck with one franchise. Thereโ€™s just something extra special about building up &amp; elevating those around you, while dominating tooโ€ผ๏ธ <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WNBATwitter?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WNBATwitter</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WNBAPlayoff?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WNBAPlayoff</a>

Gaming Society @GamingSociety

Playoff Sue Bird is so fun lol

Montana ๐Ÿค @_Breezymontana

Sue Bird gotta get this last ring ๐Ÿ’

Bird came out firing in the first quarter, putting up nine points.

Her scoring slowed down from there, but her ability to pick apart the Mystics defense with her playmaking and pinpoint passing continued to keep Seattle's offense flowing:

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

SUE BIRD IS SHOWING OUT ๐Ÿ˜ฑ<br><br>Wait for the no-look ๐Ÿ‘€ <a href="https://t.co/TJYd1j3prB">pic.twitter.com/TJYd1j3prB</a>

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

Sue Bird with ANOTHER no-look ๐Ÿ˜ฎ <a href="https://t.co/qdj7M6sOR7">pic.twitter.com/qdj7M6sOR7</a>

It helped that her teammates consistently made those open looks, led by Breanna Stewart (21 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists) and Jewell Loyd (19 points). That spoiled a solid performance from Washington's Natasha Cloud (21 points, 5-of-8 from three), while Elena Delle Donne had a tough afternoon from the field (5-of-14 for 12 points).

But Sunday was all about Bird. She isn't ready to ride off into that sunset just yet.

Game 1 of the semifinals between the Storm and Aces will take place August 28 at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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