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2013 WNBA Playoffs: Minnesota Lynx, Phoenix Mercury face off in Western Conference Finals

The Phoenix Mercury were the overwhelming favorite entering the 2013 WNBA season but dealt with injuries, uninspired play, and a mid-season coaching change in a tumultuous regular season. Nevertheless, they find themselves in the Western Conference Finals facing the team they had to overcome all along to reach the WNBA Finals: the top-seeded Minnesota Lynx. Check out SB Nation's Bright Side of the Sun and Canis Hoopus for more on the two teams.

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How the Lynx stifled the Mercury to advance

Entering the 2013 WNBA Finals, we'll hear a lot about the Atlanta Dream's defense and justifiably so. But after the Phoenix Mercury shot just 34.26% from the field in the Western Conference Finals, the Minnesota Lynx's defensive prowess probably deserves some credit as well.

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Lynx beat Mercury to advance to WNBA Finals

After getting blown out in Game 1 of the 2013 Western Conference Finals, it stood to reason that the Phoenix Mercury had to perform better at home in Game 2.

Yet better wasn't enough to beat the talented Minnesota Lynx despite a considerable rebounding advantage.

Led by a playoff career-high 27 points from Maya Moore, the Lynx completed a two-game sweep of the Mercury with a 72-65 win in Phoenix.

Uncharacteristically poor shooting from both teams ultimately shaped Game 2: although the Mercury managed to hang around due to 15-for-27 free throw shooting by the Lynx, the Mercury never found their touch from 3-point range in either game while shooting nearly 20 per game.

For more on the game, check out the box score at WNBA.com. For more on the series, check out our Western Conference Finals series storystream.

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How can Phoenix upset Minnesota?

The Phoenix Mercury will face the Minnesota Lynx as they try to return to the WNBA Finals for the first time since 2009. But what do they have to do to beat one of the most dominant teams in WNBA history?

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Penny Taylor out for Western Conference Finals

Unfortunate news for Phoenix Mercury fans.

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The Minnesota Lynx & WNBA parity

The Minnesota Lynx will be aiming for their third consecutive WNBA Finals appearance when they face the Phoenix Mercury in the 2013 Western Conference Finals. And that might not even fully capture the extent of their dominance over the past three seasons.

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How the Mercury won two road games to beat L.A.

The Phoenix Mercury defeated the Los Angeles Sparks 78-77 in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinals series to advance to the Western Conference Finals. Although the final moments of the game made for dramatic highlights, there was one primary statistic that explained why the Mercury won the game.

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Minnesota to host Game 1 of WCF on Thursday

Which team will you be rooting for?

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How the Lynx overcame Storm defense to advance

The Minnesota Lynx defeated the Seattle Storm 58-55 in Game 2 of the first round of the 2013 WNBA Playoffs to return to the Western Conference Finals. And they did so in unsurprising fashion.

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