On Sunday, the Shock played just like their coach lives -- with a lot of swagger. And now, Detroit is headed back to the WNBA Finals for the second time in Bill Laimbeer's tenure.
The Sun might not have much sizzle and flash. And that's just fine in Mike Thibault's system, a model of basketball efficiency that has led to two trips to the WNBA finals.
Betty Lennox, Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson captured Seattle's first pro title since 1979.
Plenty of change -- a franchise lost and a franchise moved, for instance -- has taken place since last season. But an old favorite, defending champ Phoenix, helps tip off the league's 14th season Saturday.