2018 Phoenix Mercury season thread

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    With their 86-66 win over Connecticut, the Mercury clinched home court in their Round 1 playoff elimination game, to be played Sept. 6th at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe due to a scheduling conflict at Talking Stick Arena.

    I guess someone didn't expect that the Mighty Mercury would make the playoffs. They didn't take into account the Terrific Trio of Diana, Brittney and /DeWanna, who joined to lead the way for their second game in a row.

    Diana 27 points/14 assists; Brittney 33 points/18 rebounds and DeWanna 21 points/16 rebounds.

    Imagine if the Suns had a Center/Power Forward (covered by a Small Forward role player) combo who can combine for 34 rebounds. Or a Guard who can hand out 14 assists. And 81 points in a 20-point blowout from their top three players and great defense. In a 40-minute (not 48 minute) game in their league. With playoff positioning on the line.

    http://arizonasports.com/story/1226...ayoff-home-game-single-elimination-round-one/
     
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    I like where the Mercury stand heading into the playoffs. The Wings have been awful recently, and the only times they win is when Cambage dominates. I doubt Griner lets her do that.

    Then, the Mercury would face the Sun, another team they match up well against, and a team they beat 2/3 times this year.

    Even better, the Sparks and Lynx play each other. AND if whomever comes out of that matchup beats the Mystics, the Mercury would find themselves in the semifinals against the Dream, who are missing arguably their best player.

    There's a definite path to the finals.
     
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    Yes, the Mercury did what they had to -- beat the N.Y. Liberty to clinch the fifth seed and avoid having to face defending champion Minnesota in the elimination game.

    Bonner led the team with 23 points and 10 rebounds, as well as going 9-for-9 in free throws, with the rest of the team going 8 out of 9. DeWanna did it all!

    Diana Taurus had 16 points and tied January for the most assists with 5. Talbot at Small Forward stepped up with 18 points and was second to Bonner with 6 rebounds. January tied Taurasi with 5 assists.

    Griner, in her usual up-and-down performance, contributed only 9 points and 4 rebounds and was a disappointing 1-for-2 in free throws. She committed 4 fouls, second to January's 5.

    Brittney needs to step up and neutralize Cambage in this next game, which is not a given. This is one chore that Bonner cannot double-step up to size-wise.

    As ColdPickleNachos said, the Mercury has a path to the Finals. I believe that it will all come down to whether Brittney does her job or not.
     
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    There are good posts about this on the ASFN Suns "Ayton" board.
     
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    The Mercury up by 4 at the half in a high scoring game vs. Dallas in the elimination game.

    Tonight, Griner came to play. And Diana is. Leaving Bonner as a third option. The three of them have scored 43 of the Mercury's 53 points in the 1st half.

    And they're not letting the Dallas Center Cambage, at a husky 6'8", dominate them.
     
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    Tough go get here for the 530 start. Mercury up at the half. They definitely can win this. Nice to see Griner playing up to her potential.
     
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    And the Mercury are up by 15 at the end of 3.

    My fav DeWanna with two bank shot 3's. Her smiles were priceless. As well as her defense. The Big 3 is coming through again, just as in the last game of the season.
     
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    Exciting victory tonight!
     
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    101-83 and the Mercury advance to the 2nd elimination game in Connecticut on Thursday.
     
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    Awesome win. Bonner, Diana and Griner all played really well. Props to Talbot too for making all the hustle plays. Bring on Connecticut!
     
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    Here are the key stats from the game.

    DeWanna Bonner ... 29 points and 11 rebounds
    Diana Taurasi ........ 26 points and 12 assists
    Brittney Griner ...... 17 points
    Stephanie Talbot ........................ 11 rebounds

    'Looks good!

    And we should beat Connecticut, based on recent games.

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