The Fever are after their first trip to the WNBA Finals. The Shock seek a second straight title. And whichever team rebounds and shoots the best from beyond the arc can keep its dream alive.
That Detroit is good is no surprise. What might be stunning is the Shock could be even better than they were last season. That could mean trouble for the rest of the league.
The Monarchs made a statement in Game 1 by playing the best offense ever seen in the WNBA Finals. But Sacramento's defense is the key to successfully defending its title.
The battle of the boards is an easy one. But what other X-factors will the Shock and Monarchs face?
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.
Forgive the Sun if they get a little defensive when beginning this year's playoff run. After back-to-back losses in the WNBA Finals, they're out to silence doubters -- and finally win the big one.
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.
Fighting back to beat the Sun won't be easy for the Fever. But in Briann January, Indiana has a point guard who knows her way around a challenge.
A brief glimpse of Tina Charles' MVP form was more than enough for the Sun to break open a tight game and beat Indiana in Game 1 of the East finals.
Ten seasons into her WNBA career, Kara Lawson is still redefining her place in it. And now, the point guard has the Sun back in the East finals for the first time since 2006.
Armintie Price is one of many players to watch in the East finals.