Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 8/29/14

PHOENIX - SEPTEMBER 05: Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury reacts after being defeated by the Seattle Storm in Game Two of the Western Conference Finals during the 2010 WNBA Playoffs at US Airways Center on September 5, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Storms defeated the Mercury 91-88 to win the series 2-0. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The New York Liberty play most of their remaining games against teams with losing records, seemingly improving their chances of returning to the postseason. The Phoenix Mercury, though, are a much tougher opponent with Diana Taurasi on the court. New York looks to pull ahead in the Eastern Conference playoff race when it hosts the Mercury on Wednesday night. The Liberty (10-16) ended a three-game losing streak by beating Washington 79-73 on Saturday, led by Essence Carson's 20 points and 16 from Cappie Pondexter. New York is tied with Chicago for the conference's fourth and final postseason berth, and it's looking to take a half-game lead before hosting the Sky on Friday. "Every game is crucial at this point," said Carson, who is normally the first player off the Liberty bench but received an unexpected start Saturday. "We have to think that we need every game. We had to win a game like this, especially with the situation we're in." Coach John Whisenant's team has several more...
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