Minnesota, which has home-court advantage throughout the playoffs, is once again the favorite when the WNBA postseason opens Thursday.
Minnesota, trying to repeat as WNBA champions, advanced to play Los Angeles when Seattle's Lauren Jackson missed a shot as time expired.
Atlanta and Minnesota made the WNBA Finals last season but face tough Game 3 tests Tuesday just to reach this year's conference finals.
Seattle was staring the end of this season right in the face, but instead forced Minnesota to a third game in a wild, memorable 86-79 double-overtime victory.
The Storm know how hard it is to beat Minnesota. But they also know they blew a realistic chance to win Game 1. Now, with the season on the line, Seattle must be as all business as the Lynx are to even the series Sunday.
Minnesota opened defense of its WNBA title with a win over Seattle on Friday. It wasn't the vintage performance the Lynx are used to, but Maya Moore made sure it was enough.
The Storm have been a bit of a mixed bag this season. But will their work in progress peak at the right time in the first round against defending champ Minnesota?
The WNBA just had a month-long break, but the playoff push will be intense from the get-go when games resume Thursday.
Katie Douglas' recent scoring tear continued Thursday as the WNBA playoffs opened. The Fever eked out a win over New York, while Seattle cruised past Phoenix.
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.
With the West race going down to the wire, expect plenty of drama in the last three-plus weeks of the WNBA regular season.
Atlanta lost all three games in the WNBA Finals, but only by a combined eight points. The young franchise and its young stars will only build off the experience going forward.
If Atlanta can win Game 3 and extend the WNBA Finals, there's a good chance twins Kelly and Coco Miller will have had something to do with it.
Six years after the Storm won it all, they did it again. And the second time around, this WNBA championship was even sweeter.
With her energy, defense and -- yes -- 3-pointers, Swin Cash helped Seattle win its second WNBA championship.
Seattle is up 2-0 in the WNBA Finals. But with two games decided by a combined five points, one possession might make all the difference in Game 3.