Playoff fever

Fever:

Retiring coach Lin Dunn has her mind on a title, not a final run.

Dunn is feisty, not always G-rated, and comes with a Southern drawl.

Lynx:

The defending champion Lynx open the playoffs in the shadow of the Phoenix Mercury.

What’s working, what’s not.

Minnesota couldn’t ask for anything more from MVP Maya Moore.

She stepped up her game to win this year’s MVP award.

Moore has become a lean, scoring machine.

Rebekkah Brunson is happy to be a Lynx for life.

Mercury:

After a record-setting season, Phoenix’s mission starts anew.

Preparation marks Sandy Brondello’s coaching for the Mercury.

Dream:

….have unfinished business entering the playoffs.

They are in an unfamiliar position at the top.

Mystics:

The young Mystics look to make some noise.

Stars:

….live by the three to take the third seed.

Sparks:

A disappointing Sparks team gets a second chance in the postseason.

Sky:

….are the wild card in the playoffs.

Adversity has prepped them for the postseason.

General playoffs:

Five things to know about the WNBA playoffs.

Here’s the transcript from Tuesday’s media conference call with coaches, players and ESPN analysts. You can probably guess which questions were mine, that enabled me to write my playoff preview story.

Draft lottery:

….is tonight at halftime of the Fever-Mystics game – 5 p.m. Pacific/8 p.m. Eastern.

Non-playoff-related:

Chelsea Gray hopes to make her WNBA debut next spring.

Bill Laimbeer and Cappie Pondexter reflect on a disappointing season for New York.

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