There’s an old school Star Trek episode in which Captain Kirk and crew find themselves on the edge of a parallel universe. Everything happening on one side is also happening, albeit with a slight twist, in the other universe. It seems like the Phoenix Mercury and Atlanta Dream similarly operate in parallel universes. Both teams have losing records and are battling injuries and bad luck to fall short of potential. But, while Spock had a goatee, the Mercury is bolstered by the need for retribution following a late May 81-65 beat down by Atlanta. Per final frontier logic, which dictates that if two universes stay in contact too long there could be a devastating ripple effect, maybe if the Mercury cruise past the Dream a similar ripple will jump-start a winning run to the playoffs.
Sat., July 7, 7 p.m., 2012