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Mercury’s Brondello, Griner earn WNBA awards

This is a July 2, 2014, file photo, showing Phoenix Mercury head coach Sandy Brondello calling a play during the first half of a WNBA basketball game against the Chicago Sky in Phoenix. A person close to the situation says Brondello has won the WNBA coach of the year award. The person says Brondello will receive the award Friday night, Aug, 22, 2014,  in Phoenix before the Mercury host Los Angeles in the Western Conference semifinals opener. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Sandy Brondello guided the Phoenix Mercury to the best record in WNBA history and Brittney Griner’s defense was a big reason why.

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AP Source: Phoenix has top coach, defensive player

Phoenix’s Sandy Brondello is the WNBA’s coach of the year and Mercury center Brittney Griner is the defensive player of the year, said a person close to the situation.

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Seattle wins No. 1 pick in WNBA lottery

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — It had been 11 years since Seattle had been in the WNBA draft lottery. Coach Brian Agler and the Storm made the most of their return, walking away with the No. 1 pick Thursday night.

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Lynx’s Moore wins WNBA MVP award

In this July 27, 2014, file photo, Minnesota Lynx’s Maya Moore, center, glides to the basket as Connecticut Sun’s Kelsey Bone, left, and Chiney Ogwumike, right, defend during the second half of a WNBA basketball game in Uncasville, Conn. Moore has won the WNBA most valuable player award, a person close to the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday night, Aug. 20, 2014. Moore will receive the award Thursday night in Minnesota before the Lynx face San Antonio in the first game of the Western Conference semifinals.  (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Maya Moore put up incredible numbers all season for Minnesota. Now she’s got her first WNBA MVP award.

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5 Things to know about the WNBA playoffs

Phoenix center Brittney Griner powers between Seattle forwards Shekinna Stricklen and Crystal Langhorne, right, as the Seattle Storm take on the Phoenix Mercury in the final game of the season at KeyArena in Seattle Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times,Bettina Hansen )  SEATTLE OUT; USA TODAY OUT; MAGS OUT; TELEVISION OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT TO BOTH THE SEATTLE TIMES AND THE PHOTOGRAPHER  BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES.

With the WNBA playoffs set to begin Thursday night, here are five things to know:

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