Seeking to three-peat in the West and featuring four All-Stars, the first-place Lynx top our midseason grades for all the WNBA teams. The Sun and Mercury? Not so hot.
With the league's best record and a pair of MVP candidates, defending champion Minnesota is the favorite when the 2012 WNBA playoffs open Thursday.
Whether it's stars Becky Hammon and Sophia Young leading the way, or a bench making big contributions, everything is clicking for San Antonio, winner of 11 consecutive games.
The WNBA just had a month-long break, but the playoff push will be intense from the get-go when games resume Thursday.
Silver Spurs are the surprise 'buzz' team as the Olympics brings a month-long halt to the WNBA. Will the time off help or hurt?
Defending WNBA champion Minnesota is expected to rule again. But where do the rest of the West teams fall behind the Lynx?
Monday, Miami's Shenise Johnson might go among the top five picks in the WNBA draft. But it wasn't that long ago that there was actually some question the 5-foot-11 guard would even make it through high school.
After a summer of coming home for Jia Perkins and one of growing up for Sophia Young, the duo helped San Antonio stay alive in the WNBA playoffs Sunday.
Playing in her first WNBA playoffs Friday, Maya Moore said she was never truly comfortable. But the rookie still found a way to contribute.
Seattle was the clear pick when the playoffs opened in 2010. This summer, while Minnesota might be tagged as the favorite, every team has reason to think it could be crowned the WNBA champion.
Of the four teams left out of the 2011 WNBA playoffs -- Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington and Tulsa -- the Sparks had the most disappointing season.
With the West race going down to the wire, expect plenty of drama in the last three-plus weeks of the WNBA regular season.
Lynx (10-4) have the best record in the Western Conference
All-Star Game MVP Swin Cash, Seattle Storm look to regain their championship form going into the second half of the WNBA season.
Can the reigning WNBA champions "storm" back in the season's second half?
Former Rutgers standouts Essence Carson and Epiphanny Prince are teaming up as East All-Stars.