First night of first round features the unexpected

The lower-seeded visitors won tonight:

The Mystics dominated the Dream from start to finish. Final: 71-56.

The Mercury overcame a strong start from the Sparks to win, 86-75.

MVP Award:

Candace Parker won the 2013 MVP Award earlier this evening. I was there and will have a full wrap up, with pictures, tomorrow.

Parker photos from this season, and in past years.

General WNBA:

The league’s collective bargaining agreement with players expires Sept. 30, right in the middle of the playoffs.

Recalling last year’s finals loss could motivate the Lynx.

A look at attendance this season.

The end of Tina Thompson’s career is the end of an era for the league.

Elena Delle Donne stays in the game.

Three Arizona chefs try to impress Mercury center Brittney Griner with a bacon dish.

The Shock improved this year, but was it enough?