A Series of Unfortunate Events

Corey Gaines must have insulted a fortune-teller during the off-season. The Phoenix Mercury coach has had a run of bad luck that started when forward Penny Taylor -- one of the Mercury’s two star players -- went down with a season-ending knee injury in April. It got worse when Diana Taurasi -- the other star player -- suffered a strained left hip flexor that has her on the IL for an indefinite period of time. Because of its injury-ridden roster, the Mercury has hobbled its way to one of the worst records in the league.

Only adding to the Mercury’s rotten luck is a visit from the defending champion Minnesota Lynx. While a game against the seemingly unstoppable Lynx could get ugly for the Mercury, it may also be the team’s chance to turn their luck around at US Airways Center.

Fri., June 15, 7 p.m., 2012