The Phoenix Mercury made the playoffs but will play the No.1 seed Las Vegas Aces. It has been a crazy year for the Mercury, the Brittney Griner situation, Tina Charles contract divorce, and now playing without Diana Taurasi and Skylar-Diggins Smith. But, even after all that, Phoenix still managed to make the playoffs.
It will be hard for the Mercury to win this series with many key players missing. The Aces averaged 90.4 points per game and play at a fast pace. However, Phoenix may have enough offense to keep the games close.
If the Mercury wants a chance to win the series, they must defend their butts. The Aces play at the fasted pace in the WNBA, and all shots 26.4 threes per game while shooting 36.1%, which is first in the league. Phoenix struggles against defending the three, but they must make sure they close out on shooters.
While the defense is a crucial key, Diamond DeShields and Sophie Cunningham must have big series to pull off the upset. Both players will at least need to average 20 plus points per game. Also, Shey Peddy must step up; she has been playing well of late.
If the Mercury can play tough defense, they must also rebound well to complete the defensive of possession. Although Phoenix struggles with rebounding due to lack of size, it has to be an all-hands-of-deck rebounding effort.
It will be challenging for the Mercury to win a game this series but expect them to play hard and compete like they have all season. Hopefully, the Mercury can make the series interesting and exciting to watch.