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Well say goodbye to a much-loved WNBA player on Wednesday night, although we dont know which one. And well see if a team can overcome a very ill-timed technical foul incurred this past weekend.Theres always drama in any postseason. But with the WNBA going to single-elimination games for the first two rounds this year, the drama factor is ramped up. Heres a quick look at the first-round matchups that open the 2016 playoffs.No. 8 Phoenix at No. 5 Indiana, (ESPNews, 6 p.m. ET)The Fevers Tamika Catchings and the Mercurys Penny Taylor came into the league at the same time, picked in the first round of the 2001 draft. Now they face each other in what will be the last WNBA game for one of them, as both players are retiring when this season is over.Both Indiana and Phoenix fans have had their chance to say thanks to these two fantastic players in ceremonies on their home courts. The Fever and their faithful definitely do not want Catchings last game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to be a loss.But thats exactly what the Mercury hope to accomplish in their attempt to make the kind of statement in the playoffs that they didnt make in an inconsistent regular season. The Mercury (16-8) started the year with four consecutive losses, and that set the tone. Phoenix seemed back on track a few times this season, but surges were followed by more losses.Indiana won the teams first two meetings this season: 97-93 on May 18 in Indianapolis, and 78-60 in Phoenix on July 8. Then the Mercury took the third, 79-65 on Aug. 30 in Indy.That last victory was the end of the Mercurys three-win surge to start the post-Olympics part of the season. Yet it was followed by three consecutive losses, all on the road to East teams. So you get the picture: We really have no idea what Phoenix team well see Wednesday.Diana Taurasi leads Phoenix in scoring at 17.8 PPG, but she has shot a career-low 39.6 percent from the field. Taurasi, DeWanna Bonner (14.5 PPG), Brittney Griner (14.5), Taylor (12.5) and Candice Dupree (11.3) are the same group that won a WNBA championship in 2014.But the Mercury played far better defensively that year, holding opponents to 74.1 PPG. Contrast that to this year, when Phoenix allowed 83.3 in the regular season.The Fever (17-17) have had their ups and downs as well. Indiana doesnt have anyone who puts up big individual numbers; Catchings leads in scoring at 12.7 PPG. But there are seven players who average between 9.8 and 8.3 points, and at their best the Fever move the ball very well.We saw them do that Sunday against Dallas, which admittedly has an even worse defense than Phoenix. But that 83-60 victory is indicative of the kind of game Indiana would really like Wednesday to be.No. 7 Seattle at No. 6 Atlanta (ESPNews, 8 p.m. ET)The last time the Storm and Dream met in a playoff game, Seattle celebrated its second WNBA championship. That was Game 3 of the 2010 WNBA Finals, which the Storm won 87-84 as they completed a sweep of very close games.Angel McCoughtry, who had 35 points in that game, and Sancho Lyttle are the Atlanta players from 2010 who are still with the Dream; Sue Bird and Abby Bishop are still with the Storm.When that series was going on in September 2010, Seattles Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd were still in high school. On Wednesday, they could be very big factors for Seattle.So could the fact that Atlantas second-leading scorer, Tiffany Hayes (15.0 PPG), wont play. She is suspended for the game after picking up her seventh technical foul of the season in the Dreams loss at Minnesota on Saturday.That was a critical mistake for Hayes, who otherwise has had a very good season. Its also not certain that Lyttle, who has been dealing with a foot injury that kept her out of the Olympics, will be able to play. She was hurt July 15, and returned for two games on Sept. 4 and 6. But she hasnt played since then.It puts all the more weight on McCoughtry, who leads the team at 19.5 PPG. She will get help from Elizabeth Williams (11.9 PPG, 8.1 RPG), who is the favorite to win the leagues most improved player award. Rookie Bria Holmes, who has averaged 15.7 points in her last six games, also has given the Dream (17-17) a boost.No rookie has been more impactful this season, though, than Stewart, who leads Seattle in scoring (18.3), rebounding (9.3) and blocked shots (1.9). 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