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.
Angel McCoughtry, coming off a two-game team suspension, scored 18 of her 24 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Atlanta Dream to an 87-80 victory over the Connecticut Sun on Sunday.
WNBA commissioner Laurel Richie hopes the U.S. women's basketball team winning gold means more eyes will be on her league in the second half of the season and into the playoffs.
The WNBA just had a month-long break, but the playoff push will be intense from the get-go when games resume Thursday.
Every team in the WNBA's Eastern Conference has some definite positives. But it's unclear who really might be the best.