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Star players must come up big in postseason

Originally Published: September 6, 2003
By Nancy Lieberman | Special to ESPN.com

Great players must be able to take their game to a higher level in the playoffs.

And when they don't, it often has great consequences.

Friday night's opening games in the conference finals are a perfect example. Los Angeles' Mwadi Mabika, Tamecka Dixon and Nikki Teasley each scored about five points short of their regular-season averages, and the Sparks lost by eight points. In the East, Katie Douglas, Connecticut's third-leading scorer at 12 points per game, failed to score at ...

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