Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 9/23/14
With their first-round playoff series already set, the Los Angeles Sparks and Phoenix Mercury have little riding on their regular-season finale other than some first-hand scouting. Neither team is acting as such, though. Both squads look to head into their Western Conference semifinal series on a positive note as Los Angeles hosts Phoenix in a postseason preview Sunday. The second-seeded Sparks (23-10) will have home-court advantage in their best-of-three series against the third-seeded Mercury (19-14), with Game 1 tipping off Thursday. Los Angeles has won five of seven after beating first-place Minnesota 85-84 on Thursday behind 25 points and 11 rebounds from Nneka Ogwumike. Candace Parker had 14 points and 10 boards before being ejected with 6:58 left in the third quarter. "It's up to your team to respond in whatever way you can," Ogwumike said. "Whether it's a positive call or a negative call, you have to feed off that. I think that's the beauty of ...
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