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Sparks look to step it up in playoffs

Updated: September 18, 2013, 8:07 PM ET
By Michelle Smith | espnW.com

LOS ANGELES -- There's an edge to the playoff conversation in the Sparks locker room.

Hunger, no doubt about it. But the Sparks don't necessarily feel like they've played their best basketball yet.

And they're impatient to get to that level.

"There are a lot of areas where we still need to improve," coach Carol Ross said.

No better time than the cusp of the WNBA playoffs, which Los Angeles helps open Thursday with a home game against Phoenix (ESPN2 and ...

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