Defending champs lack heart, willpower in Game 2 loss

Updated: September 9, 2007, 1:56 PM ET
By Mechelle Voepel | Special to ESPN.com

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Wednesday night, Phoenix was the team delivering the, "It's only a flesh wound!" line after falling 108-100 to Detroit in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals. On Saturday, it was the Shock's turn to shrug off a loss.

Except this was a "bigger" loss.

Or was it? From a numbers standpoint, yes: 98-70. If the Mercury and coach Paul Westhead wanted that margin to be even bigger, it could have been.

In Phoenix's defeat, Diana Taurasi had a very subpar performance ...

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