Fortunately, their core should remain largely intact and they should still have a very strong chance to be the team to beat in the Western Conference, even with Phoenix and Los Angeles trying to make a run at the two time defending Western champs?
It's probably fair to say that nobody expected the Indiana Fever to deny the Minnesota Lynx a second consecutive title. Not only did they accomplish the feat, but they did so in convincing fashion: winning the series 3-1 with an impressive 87-78 win.
After yet another slow start, the Minnesota Lynx got back to their strengths with a record-setting rebounding effort to defeat the visiting Indiana Fever in Game Two of the 2012 WNBA Finals.
Although the Indiana Fever were swept by the Minnesota Lynx during the regular season, they played close enough to believe that the 2012 WNBA Finals could be more competitive than the standard narrative might suggest.
The following are my running notes of the game as I watched the DVR recording. I also had two "spoilers" in my email inbox when I got home that primed to me to watch a couple of things, but I'll get to those at the end.
Find out in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, but the Sparks won't win if Kristi Toliver looks surprised at the sight of Maya Moore shooting the basketball!