The Lynx are marked by their leadership and steadiness. And for as much as that's due to the team's three MVP-caliber stars, Cheryl Reeve is etching her name as one of the best coaches in WNBA history.
After seeing a lot of preseason predictions pick Phoenix to win it all in 2013, Minnesota went to work to prove otherwise. Sunday, the Lynx swept the Mercury for a third consecutive trip to the WNBA Finals.
Being that the Western Conference playoff schedule was released before tipoff, Thursday's Lynx-Sparks game didn't mean anything to the standings. But L.A.'s victory -- despite Candace Parker's getting ejected -- was far from meaningless.