WNBA Sneaker Watch: Dream, Lynx Set for FinalsThe Minnesota Lynx made easy work of the Phoenix Mercury.

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After a series-clinching win Tuesday night, the Atlanta Dream have advanced to their second-straight WNBA Finals, where they’ll take on the Minnesota Lynx.

The Lynx, who had never won a playoff series prior to this year, completed a dominant two-game sweep of the Phoenix Mercury this past Sunday. Proving why they were the team with the league’s best record during the regular season, Minnesota used their well-balanced attack of Seimone Augustus, Lindsay Whalen, Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Maya Moore and Rebekkah Brunson to win the series by a combined 45 points.

It wasn’t as easy for the Dream, who needed three games to dispose of WNBA MVP Tamika Catchings and the Indiana Fever. After the Fever stole Game 1 with the home crowd behind them, Catchings suffered a foot injury in Game 2 that left the door wide open for Atlanta. Atlanta cruised to even up the series at one game a piece behind a 30-point performance from Iziane Castro Marques. That set the table for Game 3, which was competitive despite Tamika’s inability to play at full strength while suffering from plantar fasciitis in her right foot. However, it was the Dream that pulled away late and claimed the eastern Conference for the second year in a row.

Before the WNBA Finals tip off this Sunday, take a look back at what basketball shoes were worn during the Conference Finals in today’s Sneaker Watch.

WNBA Sneaker Watch: Dream, Lynx Set for Finals

Diana Taurasi wearing Nike Air Max LeBron 8 V2 vs. LynxDiana Taurasi drives in a Player Exclusive colorways of the Nike Air Max LeBron 8 V.2.

Taj McWilliams-Franklin wearing adidas Pro Model Zero vs. MercuryTaj McWilliams-Franklin prepares for a rebound in Pro Model Zero adidas Basketball shoes.

Ketia Swanier wearing adidas Crazy 8Ketia Swanier fights for a loose ball in the adidas Crazy 8.

Maya Moore wearing Jordan Fly Wade vs. MercuryMaya Moore shoots in the Jordan Fly Wade.

Nakia Sanford wearing adidas adiZero Infiltrate vs. LynxNakia Sanford rebounds in adiZero Infiltrate adidas Basketball shoes.

Tamika Catchings Named WNBA MVPTamika Catchings receives her WNBA MVP trophy prior to Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Tamika Catchings wearing Nike Zoom Kobe IIICatchings looks on in her PE Zoom Kobe III Nike basketball shoes.

Lindsey Harding wearing Nike Zoom Kobe VI vs. FeverLindsey Harding finds an open teammate in the Nike Zoom Kobe VI.

Tangela Smith wearing adidas adiZero Crazy Light vs. DreamTangela Smith tries to pull down a rebound in the adidas adiZero Crazy Light.

Katie Douglas wearing Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011 vs. DreamKatie Douglas run the court in a PE colorway of the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011.

WNBA Sneaker Watch: Dream, Lynx Set for FinalsCoach Marynell Meadors and the Atlanta Dream celebrate with the trophy.

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