Cheryl Reeve reminded her players that playing strong defense was part of the Minnesota Lynx's DNA. And they did just that in Game 1, stifling Phoenix's offensive weapons on the pick-and-roll.
Minnesota went 5-0 against Phoenix in the regular season. The Lynx might come out on top again in the Western Conference finals, but they'll face a much-improved Mercury team in the postseason.
From Kristi Toliver and Diana Taurasi in the West to Swin Cash in the East, these players might make the biggest impact in the postseason.
Don't expect Saturday's Stars at the Sun to be your average all-star game. Team USA players are looking to lock up a spot on the U.S. national team roster, while WNBA players might be out to prove something.