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The 2014 WNBA playoffs open Thursday, and if the past is any indication, we're about to see some special moments. But before we forge ahead, we ask: Which are the best moments in league history? Here's espnW's top 10; now it's your turn:

Rank: WNBA Playoff Moments

Spoon's 'prayer' answered

New York's Teresa Weatherspoon banks in a half-court heave at the buzzer to keep the series alive against Houston in the 1999 WNBA Finals.

3 for 10

The Houston Comets defeat the New York Liberty for the franchise's third consecutive league championship and dedicate the win teammate Kim Perrot, who died from cancer a few weeks before the Finals in 1999.

L.A. rookie seals the deal

With the score tied against the Liberty, Sparks rookie Nikki Teasley sinks a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left to help Los Angeles repeat at WNBA champion in 2002.

Shock's worst to first

After having the worst record in the league in 2002, the Shock bounce back after the hiring of coach Bill Laimbeer and beat the two-time defending champion L.A. Sparks in the 2003 WNBA Finals.

B-Money comes up big

Betty Lennox lives up to her "B-Money" nickname, dropping 27 points to help lead the Storm to a 67-65 victory over the Sun in Game 2 of the 2004 WNBA Finals.

Young's series-saver

San Antonio's Sophia Young knocks down a 14-foot turnaround jumper at the buzzer to help keep the Stars' playoff hopes alive against the Sparks in Game 2 of the 2008 WNBA Western Conference finals.

High-octane opener

Phoenix and Indiana launched the 2009 WNBA Finals with the highest-scoring game in league history, with the Mercury prevailing 120-116 in overtime.

Angel outduels Cappie

Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry and New York's Cappie Pondexter both put on superstar shows, combining for a total of 78 points in Game 2 of the 2010 Eastern Conference finals. McCoughtry's Dream prevailed 105-93 to make the franchise's first trip to the WNBA Finals.

Feverish ending

Indiana's Briann January misses a transition layup in the closing seconds of Game 2 of the 2012 Eastern Conference finals, but saves the ball to Shavonte Zellous, who drills a game-winning shot to tie the series.

Maya's house

Minnesota's Maya Moore scored 23 points in the Game 3 of the 2013 WNBA Finals, beating Atlanta and securing the Lynx's second title in the same arena where Moore had won three state high school championships.

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For the second time in three seasons, the Minnesota Lynx were crowned champions of the WNBA. And for the second time in three seasons, it came at the expense of the Atlanta Dream. Lead by Seimone Augustus and Maya Moore, Minnesota sailed through the postseason, winning by an average of 12.3 points in the first two rounds and almost 20 points in the Finals. Are the 2013 Lynx, who became just the second team to sweep through the playoffs since the debut of the 3-3-5 format, the league's best ever championship team? Set your rankings below!

Best WNBA championship teams

1998 Comets

1998 Comets

Regular-season record: 27-3
Playoff record: 4-1

1999 Comets

1999 Comets

Regular-season record: 26-6
Playoff record: 4-1

2002 Sparks

2002 Sparks

Regular-season record: 25-7
Playoff record: 6-0

2005 Monarchs

2005 Monarchs

Regular-season record: 25-9
Playoff record: 7-1

2006 Shock

2006 Shock

Regular-season record: 23-11
Playoff record: 7-3

2008 Shock

2008 Shock

Regular-season record: 22-12
Playoff record: 7-2

2009 Mercury

2009 Mercury

Regular-season record: 23-11
Playoff record: 7-4

2010 Storm

2010 Storm

Regular-season record: 28-6
Playoff record: 7-0

2011 Lynx

2011 Lynx

Regular-season record: 27-7
Playoff record: 7-1

2013 Lynx

2013 Lynx

Regular-season record: 26-8
Playoff record: 7-0

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WNBA midseason awards

As the first half of the 2013 WNBA season comes to a close, it's time to think about the best the league has seen thus far. Does the league's second-leading scorer Angel McCoughtry deserve MVP honors? Which of the Three To See -- Elena Delle Donne, Skylar Diggins and Brittney Griner -- is worthy of being crowned Rookie of the Year? ESPN.com WNBA writer Michelle Smith gave her picks and now its time for SportsNation to do the same.

  • Who gets your midseason vote for WNBA MVP?

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  • Who gets your midseason vote for WNBA Rookie of the Year?

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    Discuss (Total votes: 4,574)

  • Who gets your midseason vote for WNBA Most Improved Player?

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  • Who gets your midseason vote for WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year?

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  • Who gets your midseason vote for WNBA Defensive Player of the Year?

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  • Who gets your midseason vote for WNBA Coach of the Year?

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The WNBA is set to tip off its 2013 campaign with the '3 To See' as the centerpiece of this summer's festivities. Will Skylar Diggins (Shock), Elena Della Donne (Sky) and Brittney Griner (Mercury) automatically help their respective teams improve on their less than stellar records from a season ago? Are the reigning champion Fever the early favorites to repeat as champions? Where do the defending Western Conference champion Lynx place?

2013 WNBA Power Rankings

Dream

Dream

Atlanta Dream
2012 record: 19-15

Fever

Fever

Indiana Fever
2012 record: 22-12

Liberty

Liberty

New York Liberty
2012 record: 15-19

Lynx

Lynx

Minnesota Lynx
2012 record: 27-7

Mercury

Mercury

Phoenix Mercury
2012 record: 7-27

Mystics

Mystics

Washington Mystics
2012 record: 5-29

Shock

Shock

Tulsa Shock
2012 record: 9-25

Silver Stars

Silver Stars

San Antonio Silver Stars
2012 record: 21-13

Sky

Sky

Chicago Sky
2012 record: 14-20

Sparks

Sparks

Los Angeles Sparks
2012 record: 24-10

Storm

Storm

Seattle Storm
2012 record: 16-18

Sun

Sun

Connecticut Sun
2012 record: 25-9

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The Lynx have become a consistent force in the WNBA, ending consecutive regular seasons as the league's top team. But that's not enough for Minnesota -- it wants to become the first team since the 2001-02 Los Angeles Sparks to win back-to-back titles. With a 16-1 home record this season and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs, are the Lynx your favorite to win the 2012 title? Click on the photos below to submit your rankings!

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2012 WNBA playoff teams

Dream

Dream

Atlanta Dream
Record: 19-15
Eastern conf. 3-seed

Fever

Fever

Indiana Fever
Record: 22-12
Eastern conf. 2-seed

Liberty

Liberty

New York Liberty
Record: 15-19
Eastern conf. 4-seed

Lynx

Lynx

Minnesota Lynx
Record: 27-7
Western conf. 1-seed

Silver Stars

Silver Stars

San Antonio Silver Stars
Record: 21-13
Western conf. 3-seed

Sparks

Sparks

Los Angeles Sparks
Record: 24-10
Western conf. 2-seed

Storm

Storm

Seattle Storm
Record: 16-18
Western conf. 4-seed

Sun

Sun

Connecticut Sun
Record: 25-9
Eastern conf. 1-seed

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