Sky, Mercury prevail in initial first-round games

Round one of round one:

The Sky edged the Fever, 77-72.

The Mercury blew out the Shock, 88-55. Phoenix center Brittney Griner blocked a WNBA record 11 shots in the process.

Lynx:

The Lynx are ready for the postseason with their best foot forward.

Coach Cheryl Reeve says they are finally healthy.

Minnesota won’t be keeping any secrets.

The Lynx worked hard to get home court advantage.

Liberty:

Longtime rivals Epiphanny Prince and Tina Charles have pushed the Liberty to success.

Swin Cash talks playoffs.

Mystics:

Without a star to guide them, the Mystics will count on balance in the playoffs.

Mercury:

Assistant coach Julie Hairgrove is a big part of the team’s success over the years.

Storm:

The Storm face key roster questions after their rebuilding year.

State of the WNBA:

NBA commissioner Adam Silver says the league isn’t yet profitable enough to pay players what they deserve.

“We thought it would have broken through by now,” he said.

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