Allison Bales of the Atlanta Dream goes up for the easy bucket in a battle vs. the Indian Fever.

words // Luis Sanchez

Set to begin later this week is the 2011 WNBA Playoffs. And with powerhouses like the Seattle Storm and the up and coming Minnesota Lynx earning a shot at the title, you know these 2011 Playoffs will be one of the best ever. Led by Maya Moore, the Minnesota Lynx are set to take on the competitive San Antonio Stars, which they swept 4-0 over the 2011 season series. Although they went winless versus the Lynx in the regular season, the Stars look to re-group and find some new life vs this tough first round opponent.

As for the opposite match-up in the Western Conference, we’ll be seeing the defending WNBA Champion Seattle Storm taking on the number three seed Phoenix Mercury. Sure to be another great battle between Swin Cash and Diana Taurasi, this Storm-Mercury match-up could very well be the most entertaining series in the first round of the playoffs.

The Eastern Conference playoff picture appears with the Indian Fever battling the New York Liberty, while the Connecticut Sun take on the Atlanta Dream. Connecticut will look to continue their amazing season, taking on a defending Eastern Conference champion team that’s on a mission of revenge after last year’s WNBA Finals loss to the Seattle Storm.

Continue below for a recap of some of the finals games in the WNBA regular season as part of Eastbay’s latest WNBA Watch.

Sophia Young of the playoff-bound San Antonio Stars goes up for the easy put in.

Tulla Bevilaqua gets some air in her adidas basketball shoes.

Danielle Robinson goes-up for the lay-up in the Nike Air Max Fly By.

Monique Currie of the Washington Mystics drives in the adidas adiZero Crazy Light.

Matee Ajavon also hit the court in some adidas basketball shoes.

Katie Douglas in the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011.

Angel McCoughtry in a PE colorway of the Nike Air Max Soldier V.

Shyra Ely goes up in the adidas adiPure.

Cappie Pondexter elevates in the Nike Zoom Kobe V.
Diana Taurasi broke out a Player Exclusive colorway of the Nike LeBron 8 V/2.

Maya Moore goes up for the bucket in a PE colorway of the Jordan Fly Wade.