Watching game 1 tonight, PHO @ SEA. I haven't seen Phoenix much this season and you can really see that they miss Cappie. Seattle is just too big/tall/strong for Phoenix.

With Cappie and Taurasi together they were so offensively talented and complimentary that they could overcome size disadvantages with the pace of their offensive system. Dupree is a nice player but she's not a facilitator like Pondexter and she doesn't replace the perimeter defense Cappie can bring when she wants to (she always turns that up in the playoffs).

There was a lot of talk about whether Cappie would be as good in the alpha dog role as she was when paired with Taurasi. Looks to me like Cappie got better this year and Diana needed her more than people thought.