Storm face uphill climb against Lynx

Best-of-three series opens in Minnesota on Friday (ESPN2, 9 p.m. ET)

Updated: September 24, 2012, 10:42 PM ET
By Michelle Smith | espnW

On paper, this should be an intriguing matchup between the league's last two champions. But on the court, it might be something less.

The defending champion Lynx (27-7) will be the overwhelming favorite in this series with the league's best record and most consistent play.

Seattle, which is in the playoffs for the ninth consecutive year (a league record), never found its rhythm this summer but enters the postseason on a high note with three straight wins. ...

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