PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Mercury are facing the San Antonio Silver Stars again in the playoffs.
The circumstances, though, are quite different.
The Mercury had the best record in the league a year ago when they dispatched San Antonio en route to their second WNBA championship in three years.
This year, the 15-19 Mercury and the 14-20 Silver Stars slogged through losing seasons while Seattle ran away with the West with a 28-6 record, tying a WNBA record for victories.
The Mercury and Silver Stars will begin their best-of-three first-round series Thursday night in Phoenix.
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