* Records: Storm 20-14, second in Western Conference; Sun 18-16, tied for first in Eastern Conference.

* Series: Best of three.

* Schedule: Tonight at Conn., 7:30 p.m.; Sun. at Seattle, 7 p.m.; Tues.* at Seattle, 9 p.m.

* TV: ESPN2

* Season series: 1-1.

* How they got here: Sun defeated Washington, 2-1, and New York, 2-0. Storm defeated Minnesota, 2-0, and Sacramento, 2-1.

* Coaches: Seattle, Anne Donovan (83-81 career, .506); Connecticut, Mike Thibault (36-32, .529).

* Probable starters: Connecticut: PG Lindsay Whalen (15.4 ppg, 4.6 apg), SG Katie Douglas (8.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg), SF Nykesha Sales (12.2 ppg, 3 spg), PF Wendy Palmer (5.6 ppg, 5 rpg), C Taj McWilliams-Franklin (12.2 ppg, 8 rpg). Seattle: PG Sue Bird (7.6 ppg, 6.2 apg), SG Betty Lennox (10 ppg, 3 apg), SF Sheri Sam (9.4 ppg, 4.2 apg), PF Lauren Jackson (22.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg), C Kamila Vodichkova (5.6 ppg, 3 rpg).

* Key for Storm: Seattle, the best three-point shooting team in the WNBA (38 percent), has to hope Bird has recovered from the broken nose she suffered in the Storm's first-round series with Minnesota. She is the league's fourth-ranked three-point shooter this season at 43.8 percent.

* Key for Sun: Whalen, a rookie, has paced the team throughout the playoffs. She is quick, and sparks Connecticut with her perimeter shooting with strong drives to the basket.

* Series turns on: Connecticut's ability to get off to a fast start, especially on the road. The Sun has a strong bench, led by ex-Mystics F Asjha Jones (8 ppg, 3 rpg) in the playoffs. If Seattle gets on a run at home -- where it was 13-4 during the regular season -- Thibault will have to substitute effectively to stem the momentum.

-- Greg Sandoval