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.
Rebecca Lobo, Mechelle Voepel and Michelle Smith make their preseason predictions for how the 2012 season might unfold.
Saturday's WNBA All-Star Game turned into a celebration of all things UConn.