Found September 18, 2013 on Fox Sports Arizona:
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PHOENIX -- The Mercury are marching into the WNBA playoffs with the same orders that propelled a 9-4 finish and put them in this upgraded situation. "On the defensive end," Coach Russ Pennell said when asked for the most important variable in knocking off the second-seeded Los Angeles Sparks during a best-of-three series that opens Thursday in L.A. "You just can't let them (Sparks) do what they want to do." Led by superstar Candace Parker, the Sparks are second in the league in scoring and have used their collective firepower and solid defense to also rank second in point differential. "You've got to disrupt their timing," Pennell said, "you've got to get them out of their score zones and you've got to turn them into a one-on-one team. "When they're moving the basketball, they're really good." In case you haven't been paying attention to the Mercury since Pennell replaced Corey Gaines with 13 games remaini...
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