Minnesota's roster is stocked with big-time stars, but Jessica Adair and Candice Wiggins provide a change of pace and could be the difference in the WNBA Finals.
Dupree and the Mercury have been in this position before, losing big to Seattle in their first game. They know how to fight back.
At 41, the Minnesota center is solid on the floor, spectacular in the locker room. Part mom, part cop, part coach, she has been the glue the team needed.
After another slow start, Minnesota routed the San Antonio Silver Stars to win the franchise's first playoff series and advance to the conference finals.
Seimone Augustus and Minnesota must ramp up their trademark physical defense again to beat San Antonio.
San Antonio had its chances, but it was more of the same after losing to Minnesota in all four matchups this season, and once again in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal Friday night.
At 40, the Minnesota center is still a major contributor and an old-school role model for a team of younger All-Stars.