Posted September 12, 2013 on AP on Fox

ATHENS - AUGUST 28: Diana Taurasi #12 of the United States moves against the defense of Belinda Snell #12 of Australia during the women's basketball gold medal match on August 28, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Indoor Hall of the Olympic Sports Complex in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
With their star guard back on the court, the Phoenix Mercury look to bounce back from their first September loss and further build some momentum heading into the playoffs. Diana Taurasi returns from a one-game suspension when the Mercury try to hand the visiting San Antonio Silver Stars a fourth consecutive loss Friday night. Minus Taurasi (20.8 points, 6.2 assists per game), Phoenix (18-14) led most of the night but failed to hold a nine-point, fourth-quarter advantage and fell 70-68 at Chicago on Wednesday when Elena Delle Donne hit the winning jumper as time expired. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Mercury, who are locked into the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference and will face Los Angeles to open the playoffs. Despite the outcome, Phoenix feels confident moving forward after holding the East leaders to 40.4 percent shooting while playing short-handed. "We're ready for the playoffs," forward Candice Dupree told the Mercury's official website. "I think e...
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