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The Daily Swish: The Playoffs start today and Maya Moore is the 2014 MVP

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The Playoffs are starting today, and same with the Draft Lottery.

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Swish Appeal Playoff Previews so far

We have put out a preview on most of the WNBA's playoff teams. Here are the previews we have as of the time of this post:

Other SB Nation NBA Sites' WNBA Material

Bullets Forever had a chance to speak with Christy Winters Scott of Comcast SportsNet on the Mystics - This is only Part 1. One question asks how much we could compare the 2014 Mystics against the 2004 Sun, which made the WNBA Finals despite an 18-16 regular season on the surface. You will see some other familiar faces in the panel as well.

Peachtree Hoops has a quick preview on the Atlanta Dream's series against the Chicago Sky - Their series starts on Friday.

Lottery news

The WNBA Draft Lottery will be at approximately 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2 - The Seattle Storm and Tulsa Shock are tied with 359 chances to have the most flexibility in their team building plans. I wonder who's representing the Storm....

The Shock needs to hit a home run in the 2014-15 offseason - according to this column by John Klein of the Tulsa World. I agree that the team needs to find a major free agent. But given how many draft lotteries this team has been in, the Shock is practically destined to be a Western Conference powerhouse sooner rather than later. I'm hedging my bets that the Shock will be that team within two seasons.

The Connecticut Sun is interested in which two picks this team will have. The New York Liberty's first round pick was dealt to Connecticut in their acquisition of Tina Charles. - Link to the Hartford Courant.

Bill Laimbeer, Cappie Pondexter reflect on a disappointing season for the Liberty - Ray gives us a take on what went wrong in New York for the 2014 season, and what the team will try to do to get better in 2015.

WNBA Awards

Maya Moore is the 2014 WNBA MVP - This is Moore's first MVP award, and we will have more later. A press conference will be held at 7:15 p.m. ET in Minneapolis.

Who would we pick as the MVP and for the All-WNBA teams? - Find out by clicking on the link.

We even have Newcomer and Comeback Player of the Year awards - The WNBA has some circumstances that warrant players to be in consideration for some extra awards, without going to the extent where "everyone's a winner." Find out our selections here.

More Links

Brondello's coaching regime headlined by her preparation - Here's the money quote from assistant coach Julie Hairgrove:

Some other coaches I've been around, it's kind of wishy-washy, and then out on the court you can tell it's wishy-washy. But with Sandy, this is what we're executing, this is what we're doing, and everybody knows exactly what's going on.

Sounds like a reference to Suns assistant coach Corey Gaines who was once the Mercury's head coach, if you may recall.

The Phoenix Mercury had the biggest advantage in rest days between games, while the Washington Mystics had the least - Great take by James here on this. And Mike Thibault doesn't let this "disadvantage" get in the way of his team. We have a hashtag for him after all.

How did Connecticut Sun forward Chiney Ogwumike become the player and person she is today? - it is through her older sister, Nneka, who plays for the L.A. Sparks. Check out this column by Aaron Fischman here.

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