Storm win as Merc fall below .500

Updated: August 2, 2013, 1:01 PM ET
By Michelle Smith | espnW.com

SEATTLE -- In Seattle, the expectations to start this season weren't very high.

No Sue Bird, no Lauren Jackson and maybe no playoffs for the Storm for the first time in a decade.

In Phoenix, the season's outlook lived at the other end of the spectrum. Labeled title contenders from the day the Mercury popped up on the screen at the draft lottery, Phoenix spent the first two months of the WNBA season trying to live up to those lofty anticipations -- and not ...

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