Western Conference finals kick off Friday

Minnesota visits Phoenix Friday for game one of the Western Conference finals. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. Pacific/10 p.m. Eastern, and will be broadcast on NBA TV/LiveAccess. Game two is in Minnesota, at 12:30 p.m./3:30 p.m. Sunday, on ABC.

The Sky and Dream meet up tomorrow to see who will face Indiana in the Eastern Conference finals.

More playoff news:

Lynx point guard Lindsay Whalen showed “leadership in full display” in Saturday’s game.

Game notes from last night’s Mercury-Sparks match up:

Brittney Griner was at half court in the third quarter, with only Sparks forward Sandrine Gruda in the vicinity. She looked back to make sure no one else was around, and at that moment I knew what she was about to do.

BOOM! Nice dunk. And the Staples crowd continued to make a lot of nose even 30 seconds later. It was like people couldn’t get over it.

Glory Johnson was sitting behind the Mercury bench, looking mighty glamorous in her outfit, to support her fiance.

Non-playoff news:

The post-Hammon era awaits the Stars.

Storm exit interviews: Angel Robinson left an impression.

Why the Liberty shouldn’t fire coach Bill Laimbeer.

Newly-engaged Brittney Griner takes control of her life.