Merc enter West finals with new look

Phoenix is 0-5 vs. Lynx in 2013, but much improved since Russ Pennell took over

Updated: September 26, 2013, 2:41 PM ET
By Rebecca Lobo | espnW.com

I love covering the Western Conference during the WNBA playoffs. The games are great, the star power is off the charts, and the redeye flights get me home earlier than early-morning East Coast trips. (The little things matter, too.)

The Lynx-Storm first-round series was ugly but entertaining. Game 2 was a slugfest (Minnesota won 58-55) but showed that the prettiest offense in the league (Minnesota) can still win when it has to play ugly.

The Sparks-Mercury first-round matchup was ...

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