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August 22, 2007 at 11:42 AM

Playoff predictions

The Storm is off today, getting its final rest before the postseason begins. Here’s what I’m predicting will go down in the weeks ahead:
East
No. 1 Detroit vs. No. 4 New York: While the Liberty was entertaining this season and will be for summer’s to come, they’re a little ahead of themselves. The Shock will crush them 2-0 to advance.
No. 2 Indiana vs. No. 3 Connecticut: I’d like to reserve the right to change my pick if Tamika Catchings is able to miraculously return completely healthy Thursday She won’t, so Connecticut will win 2-1. But if she does…

Eastern Conference Finals

No. 1 Detroit vs. No. 3 Connecticut: This will be an entertaining series with coaches flopping all over the place at bad calls and plenty of scowls from Lindsay Whalen and Deanna Nolan. In the end, the Shock will move onto their third consecutive WNBA Finals with a 2-1 series win.
West
No. 1 Phoenix vs. No. 4 Seattle: Love to believe the Storm can get its act together in a week, but…. The Mercury is playing its best basketball and has too many scorers for just Lauren Jackson to stop. If the Aussie’s teammates chime in to play a little defense, then maybe. Still it’s Phoenix’s summer and they’ll advance 2-1.
No. 2 San Antonio vs. No. 3 Sacramento: The Monarchs are an impressive group with Kara Lawson off the bench and Nicole Powell in the starting lineup. But defense wins championships, right? San Antonio is a strong team with a defensive mind-set that will help them get past this series 2-1.
Western Conference Finals
No. 1 Phoenix vs. No. 2 San Antonio: Again, it’s the Mercury’s summer. It advances 2-1.

WNBA Finals

No. 1 Detroit vs. No. 1 Phoenix: I realize the Mercury gave up 111 points to the Shock earlier in the season, but something says that won’t happen again. It’ll be another entertaining series with two coaches that may move on the NBA after appearing in the Finals — Mercury coach Paul Westhead as a victor. Phoenix wins 3-2.

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