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Detroit Shock Announce 2009 First Round Playoff Schedule

AUBURN HILLS, MI. - The Detroit Shock begins defense of their WNBA Championship against the Atlanta Dream on Wednesday, September 16 at The Palace of Auburn Hills and the game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

The Shock schedule for the first round is as follows (all times are Eastern):

First Round Playoff Schedule
Game 1Wed Sept. 16Atlanta at Detroit8:00PMESPN2
Game 2Fri Sept. 18Detroit at Atlanta7:30PMNBATV
Game 3*Sun Sept. 20Detroit at Atlanta3:00PMESPN2
*if necessary

The second round of the playoffs is also a best-two-out-of-three format, and runs from September 23-26 with game one of the Conference Finals at the home site of the lower seed on September 23.

The finals is a best-three-out-of-five, 2-2-1 format, with the higher seed hosting the first two games and a possible fifth game, and the lower seed hosting game three and, if necessary, game four. The last possible date for the 2009 WNBA Playoffs is Friday, October 9.

This is the eighth overall appearance for Detroit in the WNBA Playoffs and its seventh in a row since winning the 2003 WNBA Championship.

Meijer, the Grand Rapids-based retailer is pleased to present the 2009 Detroit Shock. For more information regarding ticket pricing or to become a Squad Member (ticket plan holder), please contact The Palace at (248) 377-0100 or log on to