Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 9/11/14
PHOENIX -- Construction of the hypothetical Phoenix Mercury powerhouse was set back Wednesday night by some shoddy labor. The checklist of particulars is presented by superstar guard Diana Taurasi. "Our spacing was terrible, our screening wasnt good and we didnt take care of the ball," Taurasi said a few minutes after an 80-69 loss to the Minnesota Lynx that marked the official end of a three-game winning streak. Taurasi and the Mercury also were outrebounded 54-32. "Every shot they missed, they got the ball back 46 percent of the time," Mercury coach Corey Gaines said. "It just killed us." With rookie center Brittney Griner and her left knee sprain limited to 22 minutes, Phoenix stood around while the Lynx tracked down 17 offensive rebounds that helped produce 19 second-chance points. "They kind of out-toughed us at every position," said Taurasi, who finished the night with a game-high 26 points. "We cant let that happen." Aside from being destroyed on the backboards and mak...
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