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.
Brittney Griner hadn't exactly been the star of Phoenix's postseason. But with 4.9 seconds left in Monday's decisive Game 3, the rookie hit the winning shot over WNBA MVP Candace Parker to send the Mercury into the Western Conference 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.
Last season, San Antonio posted the worst rebounding numbers in the league. Now, Jayne Appel and Danielle Adams are providing some punch in the paint -- and trying to help the Silver Stars keep pace with the Lynx.