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WNBA Playoffs 2014

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Ranking the WNBA's champions and finals

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How unequal mainstream media coverage devalues women

What's next for the Sky?

After losing the 2014 WNBA Finals to the Phoenix Mercury, what's next for the Chicago Sky? And what sort of offseason improvements should they be looking to make, aside from getting healthy?

Are the 2014 Mercury the best ever?

How does the 2014 Mercury compare to the other great teams in WNBA history? Was the 2014 season competitive or non-competitive? We blow some dust off our math books and take a look at the numbers.

Daily Swish: USA Basketball cuts, Mercury's legacy

Over the weekend, the USA Basketball Women's National Team made cuts and the Phoenix Mercury reveled in their third WNBA championship after beating the Chicago Sky on Friday night.

Taurasi's speech isn't disrespecting the Mystics

All the Phoenix Mercury star did was acknowledge that things could have been different in a heartfelt speech to her fans.

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Diana Taurasi disrespects the Mystics!

Well, it may not seem disrespectful to some people, but it is to me. Now, it's unclear if she meant she would rather play for the Mercury than any other team, but it's sounds like she just... is so happy the Mystics didn't choose her because she doesn't respect the team.

A frustrating WNBA Finals for Sylvia Fowles

After a dominant first half performance in Game 3, Sylvia Fowles struggled to find a rhythm in the second half as the Phoenix Mercury beat the Chicago Sky to sweep the 2014 WNBA Finals. So why did she struggle even with Brittney Griner out?

Photos: The Sky's missed post-up opportunities

A look at possessions on which the Chicago Sky did not get center Sylvia Fowles a field goal attempt.

Taylor's quietly valuable contributions to Phoenix

Although Diana Taurasi's heroics at the end of Game 3 of the WNBA Finals solidified her place as Finals MVP after the Phoenix Mercury swept the Chicago Sky, the contributions of Candice Dupree and Penny Taylor can't be overlooked.

Daily Swish: DT's greatness & the league's future

In a series full of stars, Diana Taurasi shined the brightest once again to help the Phoenix Mercury beat the Chicago Sky to win the 2014 WNBA Finals last night, capping what turned out to lopsided series that generated strong ratings.

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Where does 2014 WNBA Finals MVP Diana Taurasi rank all-time?

After winning a second WNBA Finals MVP award, where does Diana Taurasi rank on your list of all-time greats? It's a tough question, but it's hard not to consider her the best right now. For more on the 2014 Finals, check out our Mercury vs. Sky story stream.

Mercury beats Sky 87-82, win 2014 WNBA Finals

Phoenix wins their third championship in franchise history. Diana Taurasi won the Finals MVP Award, and Sandy Brondello is the first former WNBA player to win a championship as a head coach.

Halftime stats: Mercury shoot 57.1% to lead 45-43

The Phoenix Mercury entered Game 3 without center Brittney Griner on the road, but still managed to establish a lead over the Chicago Sky at halftime.

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Brittney Griner to sit out Game 3

With her out, this gives Chicago a chance to steal a win, but it'll still be tough.

WNBA Finals Game 3 Open Thread

Talk about the game here.

Daily Swish: USAWNT cuts loom, Griner's injury, TV

Looking back at the Women's USA Basketball Showcase, previewing Game 3 of the WNBA Finals, and some random WNBA trivia.

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Griner a game-time decision for Game 3 of the Finals

After being knocked around early in Game 2, Brittney Griner is a game-time decision for Game 3 on Friday. For more on the series, check out our Mercury vs. Sky storystream.

Daily Swish: Mercury dominance, Opals roster, NCAA

10 of the best reads from around the women's basketball world as the WNBA season winds down.

Mercury get a record-setting rout in Game 2, 97-68

The Phoenix Mercury's length on defense and balance on offense just overwhelmed the Chicago Sky in the second half as they cruised to a record-setting 29-point win in Game 2 to take a 2-0 lead in the 2014 WNBA Finals.

Game 2 halftime update: Merc finish half on 20-5 run

The Chicago Sky started out better in Game 2 - it couldn't really have gotten worse - but the Phoenix Mercury are still ahead by double digits.

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Mercury vs. Sky, Game 2 Halftime Stat: Inside scoring remains key for Phoenix

Not much more to say here, but inside scoring has been a struggle once again for Chicago, and Sylvia Fowles' struggles there. And even with the Sky defending Griner really physically, that's not stopping the other players on the team.

Daily Swish: State of the WNBA, Ray Rice reactions

During the process of compiling a list of links for today, I ended up sort of stringing points together into one extended commentary linking the WNBA's struggle to gain a foothold in the mainstream & what the league means in light of Ray Rice.

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The Chicago Sky's players show their combined wingspan

Watch the Sky show their wingspan here

Daily Swish: EDD's back, Lynx future, Yo's new job

A quick roundup of 10 links from the weekend to get you caught up on what's going on all around the women's basketball, from the pros to prospective collegians.

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Inside scoring efficiency key in Mercury's win over the Sky

The Mercury's shot chart is on the left, while the Sky's was on the right. The Sky's going to have to improve shooting all around of course, but the interior scoring MUST improve or this series is a sweep.

Four team records the Phoenix Mercury set in Game 1

Phoenix sets records in 83-62 Game 1 win

The Phoenix Mercury coasted in the second half to win Game 1 of the WNBA Finals against the Chicago Sky, which may or may not give the underdogs some hope.

Game 1 halftime update: Mercury hold Sky to 20 points

The Chicago Sky were on the wrong end of a couple of WNBA Finals records in the first quarter, while the Phoenix Mercury's offense turned it up in the second period to carry a big lead into halftime.

A position-by-position look at the Finals matchups

Here's a deeper look into the matchups that could go a long way in determining who takes control in this series. Including positional matchups and additional factors, here's a peek at how these squads shake out before we begin championship play.

Why rebounding will be key to a Sky upset

The Phoenix Mercury's one weakness all season has been their rebounding, but the Chicago Sky haven't been any good on the boards during the playoffs either, which could make that a major key to their upset chances in the 2014 WNBA Finals.

Finals X-Factors: Which players could be key?

As we approach tip-off of the 2014 Finals, which players could step forward and be the key their team needs to add a championship banner to the rafters for the most recent WNBA season?