Originally Published: September 5, 2017 11 p.m.
When: Wednesday, Sept. 6, 7 p.m.
Who: No. 8 Seattle (15-19) at No. 5 Phoenix (18-16)
Season Series: Mercury, 2-1.
Phoenix: The Mercury have one of the best inside-outside combination in WNBA history with Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi. Griner became the first true center to lead the league in scoring despite missing a few weeks dealing with an injured ankle and knee. She came back strong to help the Mercury get the five seed. Taurasi broke the WNBA career scoring record this season and still can put points on the board in a hurry. The Mercury changed their lineup for the last three games, inserting Leilani Mitchell and Yvonne Turner into the starting group and having Monique Currie and Danielle Robinson come off the bench. They went 3-0. The game will be played at Arizona State because the Mercury’s building is unavailable because of a Marvel Live concert.
Seattle: The Storm played 10 of their final 14 games post All-Star break on the road. They flew nearly 23,000 miles during that stretch. Seattle is hoping Jewell Loyd can continue the roll she has been on against the Mercury this season. She averaged 23.7 points while shooting 52 percent from the field in the three games. The Storm changed coaches late in the season and the team played better under Gary Kloppenburg, who replaced Jenny Boucek.