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August 13, 2007 at 1:50 PM

What to cheer for

Storm radio broadcaster Adia Barnes was buzzing around the team’s training facility today, airing her wants for the postseason. The former player, who helped Seattle win its 2004 title, said Phoenix is the best opponent in the opening round.
The Storm has no control over who it faces since its final two games are against the Western Conference’s worst teams in Minnesota (Tuesday) and Los Angeles (Friday). But if players and fans truly want the Mercury, here’s what to root for as the 2007 season draws to an end.
Phoenix’s magic number to clinch the conference title is three, meaning any combination of Mercury wins and San Antonio losses will give them the top seed. Then Phoenix and Seattle would play a best-of-three opening round beginning either Thursday or Friday of next week. Game 1 would be in Seattle and the other two would be on the road.
Phoenix needs one win to secure home court in the opening round over Sacramento.
The Storm doesn’t have to worry about Sacramento and Phoenix does look good because they’re young like Seattle and the Storm won the regular season series 2-1, scoring a franchise record in points in both wins. Seattle was swept 4-0 by San Antonio and does not match up well against the Silver Stars, especially since San Antonio can play defense.
“It’s hard to outscore people,” said center Ashley Robinson, who’s replacing Janell Burse in the starting lineup.
Either way the Storm has to play a lot better to avoid being sent home early for the third consecutive postseason. In fact, that’s probably a better thing to cheer for right now.

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