Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 9/3/14

PHOENIX - SEPTEMBER 13: Diana Taurasi #3 of the Phoenix Mercury and teammates salute the fans with the 'X Factor' sign after defeating the Detroit Shock in Game 4 of the WNBA Finals on September 13, 2007 at US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona. 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 Domenic Centofanti/Getty Images)
With Diana Taurasi still hurting and Penny Taylor out for the season, the Mercury may have to rely on their supporting cast for the foreseeable future. Candice Dupree proved she's up to the challenge in the most recent contest, and she'll look for another outstanding performance when the Mercury seek their sixth straight home victory over the Los Angeles Sparks on Saturday night. Taurasi sat out Sunday's season opener with a strained left hip flexor, then played only 10 minutes after starting an 89-87 win over Tulsa on Tuesday. She hit one 3-pointer before heading to the bench. "We wanted her to test (the injury), but you could tell when she got on the court that she just couldn't move," coach Corey Gaines said. Taylor tore her left ACL on March 29 playing overseas, and it's uncertain how much Taurasi will be able to play Friday, if at all. Phoenix (1-1), though, may not have to worry if Dupree has another stellar game. She scored 31 points -- one fewer than her career high -- ...

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