MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — On Thursday night it’s step two of the WNBA playoffs for the Minnesota Lynx — the Western Conference Finals.

The Lynx take on a Phoenix team that has proved pesky in the postseason.

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They’ve been different ever since a coaching change.

“It’s stressful but fun at the same time — there’s a lot at stake and great basketball being played,” Seimone Augustus said.

This is a dangerous match-up for the Lynx because they haven’t played the Mercury since the program got a new leader.

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“The biggest difference is the emphasis on defense,” coach Cheryl Reeve said.

They do bring an x-factor in rookie Brittney Griner was supposed to be the next big thing. It has not happened, but she’s still got a chance.

“I think she’s done a pretty good job adjusting,” Maya Moore said.

Don’t forget that the Lynx have home court advantage.

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“We worked all season and expended a lot of energy to get home court,” If we win our home games we’re the WNBA champions.”

Mike Max