The Lynx will not appear on ESPN2 for the rest of the regular season.
OK, this might sound a bit more ominous than it actually is. But it is interesting that the network has decided not to televise the Lynx – the WNBA’s best team so far this season – in its game with Indiana Aug. 24.
I’m not saying it doesn’t make sense. When the WNBA schedule first came out, the game looked like a high-profile matchup of the two teams that met in the 2012 NBA finals.
But that was before a number of injuries slowed Indiana, which was 9-10 entering its game with Chicago Tuesday night. Still, the Lynx are atop the league and Indiana is still in playoff position in the Eastern Conference.
The league has decided to air the Aug. 24 game between Chicago and Atlanta, the two teams currently battling for the top position in the Eastern Conference. The fact that Chicago has rookie Elena Delle Donne – one of the much-hyped “3 to see” rookies -- probably doesn’t hurt.
A few eyebrows were raised when ESPN2’s initial schedule of games came out, which had the Lynx only on twice, fewer than many other teams.
Well, now it is only one time. The network televised Minnesota's dismantling of Atlanta at Target Center July 9.
It’s interesting, too, that the Lynx, with the league' best record, with three U.S. Olympians, with four players making last month's All-Star Game, have had only one Western Conference player of the week (Rebekkah Brunson) and no players of the month. All that scoring balance must be hurting them, I guess.
Meanwhile, the Lynx will try to push their league-best win streak to 10 games tonight in San Antonio.
Have a great rest of the day.