Lynx closing in on postseason berth

Playoff race in West will come down to pivotal matchups in final three-plus weeks

Originally Published: August 19, 2011
By Mechelle Voepel | ESPN.com

Minnesota will have to wait a bit longer to really celebrate its first playoff berth since 2004. The Lynx are in the all-but-wrapped-up category and can make it official-official Saturday when they face visiting Los Angeles.

Which might have seemed like close to a foregone conclusion until recent results from the Sparks. Last Friday, L.A. defeated visiting Phoenix. On Tuesday, Candace Parker returned to action and nearly helped L.A. beat Atlanta. That game ended in a Sparks' ...

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