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After slow start, Mercury on cusp of playoffs

Updated: July 24, 2006, 11:47 AM ET
By Nancy Lieberman | Special to ESPN.com

Sometimes, timing is everything.

And that seems to be the case right now for Paul Westhead and the Mercury, who just a month ago were 4-7 and looked to be on their way to another season without a playoff appearance.

Instead, the Mercury (11-12) have won seven of their past 12 games to move within one game of fourth place -- and the final postseason bid -- in the Western Conference. And as the season winds down (most teams have just nine or 10 games left), Phoenix's shot at its ...

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