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Nobody expects Taurasi to repeat subpar nine-point Game 1 performance

Originally Published: September 4, 2010
By Mechelle Voepel | Special to ESPN.com

You've got athletes who maintain their optimism regardless of circumstances. And then you have Phoenix's Diana Taurasi, who is women's hoops' version of Monty Python's Black Knight.

Isn't her team down 1-0 in the Western Conference finals to the Seattle Storm after an 82-74 loss Thursday?

"'Tis but a scratch!"

Didn't she score just nine points, on 2-of-15 shooting, with six turnovers in that game?

"I've had worse!"

Aren't ...

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