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Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said she doesn't know whether star Maya Moore will return next season, "I know you'd like it to be cut-and-dried, black-and-white, but I'm pretty sure it's not."
Veteran center Sylvia Fowles is the most experienced player who can expect to get major minutes Wednesday. She helped the Lynx win two WNBA titles, winning regular season and league finals MVP in 2017.
Lynx guard Odyssey Sims has led her new team in scoring 15 times this season.
The Lynx now control their fate for a first-round playoff game at Target Center, which they can wrap up by beating Phoenix tonight and Los Angeles on Sunday.
Team's resolve in the fourth quarter is enough to top Indiana.
Finish in fifth or sixth and the Lynx will open the playoffs with a single-elimination home game. Drop to seventh or eighth and it means going on the road.
As 22-year-old Napheesa Collier excels, she finds herself in line for a Lynx veteran's torch-passing. "I'm grooming her to take over the team," 14-year veteran Seimone Augustus said.
Sylvia Fowles finished with a season-high 25 points to go with 12 rebounds, helping the Lynx beat Chicago and clinch a ninth consecutive trip to the WNBA playoffs.
Guard Danielle Robinson and coach Cheryl Reeve have been working to focus on what Robinson does best, including playing at a faster pace.
All five starters finished in double figures as the Lynx shot 59 percent from the field and tightened up their defense in the second half against one of the WNBA's top teams.
Damiris Dantas of the Lynx can make threes and find teammates with passes - when she's not posting up.
Rookie Napheesa Collier scored 19 points and added five rebounds and four steals as the Lynx opened a long homestand with a victory over Dallas.
The Lynx have a 3 1/2-game lead for the final WNBA playoff spot, but are looking at a chance for a home playoff game if they can put together a strong finish.
The Lynx battled hard until Washington pulled away late.
The All-Star has seen her statistics go up since the return of Seimone Augustus to the lineup.
Six Lynx players scored in double figures, led by 17 points from Sylvia Fowles to go along with 12 rebounds.
Minnesota sports treasures are out there, if you know where to look. And for some, bookkeeping sports memorabilia is more than a hobby. It's a career.
It's no coincidence that the latest Lynx victory came on the day Seimone Augustus made her 2019 debut.
For the first time this season Augustus — who had an arthroscopic procedure done on her right knee May 30 — is expected to play for the Lynx tonight.
The Timberwolves on Tuesday introduced five new players, all having something to prove with their team.
For the first time since arthroscopic surgery on her right knee May 30, Seimone Augustus took part in practice with the Lynx on Wednesday.
Seimone Augustus has missed the entire WNBA season because of a knee injury.
After Wednesday's loss to the Mystics, the Lynx's Sylvia Fowles joked that she'd be more than willing to let the younger players take her playing time.
The good news for the Lynx: They're only 1½ games out of fourth place. The bad: They're only 1½ games out of ninth and out of playoff position.
Stephanie Talbot has risen to the occasion for the Lynx since injuries have required her to take on more playing time.
Collier was chosen by WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert as an All-Star replacement for Las Vegas Aces forward A'ja Wilson
A month after the NBA draft the Timberwolves were able to formally introduce their 2019 draft class Thursday morning, including undrafted Naz Reid.
Poor defense put the Lynx in a hole they couldn't climb out of despite a fourth quarter rally to within one point. "I don't have a lot of nice things to say about our defense," coach Cheryl Reeve said.
Nicknamed 'Mama Syl' by her Lynx teammates, Fowles has always been more comfortable nurturing than nagging. But the team's early season struggles led her to a new role.
The Lynx — currently 10-7 and fourth in the league — will send guard Odyssey Sims and center Sylvia Fowles to the WNBA All-Star Game on July 27 in Las Vegas.
All five Lynx starters scored in double-figures, but it was center Sylvia Fowles who received the loudest cheers of the evening for her work against Phoenix.
The team has decided to bring back Zandalasini, the sharp-shooting Italian who recently competed in the EuroBasket tournament, even though she's injured.
Temi Fagbenle is back from the EuroBasket tournament, and she's needed by the Lynx.
The first-round draft pick is the latest Huskies product to land with the Lynx.
The Lynx held the Dream to one field goal over the final 3:54 of the second quarter, then took over to breeze to victory.
Forward Karima Christmas-Kelly will be out for the season after knee surgery Tuesday.
Lynx starting guard and leading scorer Odyssey Sims apologized after practice Thursday for her June 6 arrest on suspicion of drunken driving.
After practice Thursday, guard Odyssey Sims apologized — both for herself and on behalf of the team — for her June 6 arrest on suspicion of drunken driving.
At the Hennepin County jail on June 6, a breath test showed a blood alcohol content of 0.20 — more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 for driving in Minnesota.
Lynx veteran center Sylvia Fowles on Saturday led by example with her voice and her play. She spoke up on the court, and had 19 points and 10 rebounds in a victory over New York.
After a year of watching and waiting while with Connecticut, Lexie Brown has found time on the court with the Lynx. After averaging 5.6 minutes as a rookie, she is playing 22 minutes per game with Minnesota.
She will be a national team assistant through the 2020 Olympics.
Las Vegas led in the game for only about two minutes, but it was enough to send the Lynx to their fourth straight defeat .
The offense is simplified, and the guard has been told to push the pace.
The WNBA's hottest team held on down the stretch to hand the Lynx their third loss in a row.
Coach Cheryl Reeve saw good signs in the team's second consecutive loss.
Kadiatou Sissoko was a five-star recruit and has three years of eligibility.
"It's heartbreaking," coach Cheryl Reeve said. A power forward with the ability to stretch the floor on offense, Jessica Shepard had emerged as a key contributor in the team's 4-2 start.
Saturday's loss, the first this season at home for the Lynx, was more of the same for a team that has struggled to find any kind of consistency on offense.
Playing in their second game in three nights the Lynx nearly ran out of gas in the fourth quarter but found enough to escape with a home win over the Mercury.
Many things the Lynx did well in getting off to a 3-0 start disappeared in Tuesday's loss. "It seems like we forgot what our identity was," coach Cheryl Reeve said.
Through training camp, preseason and two regular-season games, it has become clear that Jessica Shepard has been able to do what few WNBA rookies — especially those drafted in the second round — can do.
There are still flaws in their game, but the Lynx are off to a 2-0 start with a vastly overhauled roster and a focus on balance instead of relying on their top players.
More than perhaps ever, the WNBA is less about its big stars and more about the improved level of play of a steadily improving talent flow.
The Lynx got some old and a whole lot of new to kick off the season in a 89-71 victory over Chicago in front of an announced crowd of 8,524 at Target Center.
Sylvia Fowles is a holdover on a retooled Lynx team, and is a willing go-to leader. "You're talking about loyalty here," Fowles said.
The team has a slew of new faces, including three rookies — Shao Ting, Napheesa Collier and Jessica Shepard — and the goal of retooling and rebuilding on the fly.
Seimone Augustus and Karima Christmas-Kelly are battling knee soreness. The Lynx open the 2019 season vs. Chicago on Saturday at Target Center.
The team waived veteran forward Erlana Larkins on Wednesday and will put Temi Fagbenle on the temporarily suspended list this week to get the roster to 12 players.
Minnesota's first pick is No. 6 in the first round.
Events recently hold special meaning for players Dieng, Jones.
In 2003, Dwyane Wade took a quantum leap at the Metrodome while helping Marquette into the Final Four.
Dwyane Wade scored a game-high 24 points but his last-second three-point attempt bounced off the rim, preserving a Timberwolves home win.
Down 19 points in the second quarter but up three entering the fourth, the Wolves faded to a 132-122 loss to Portland. "Feels like Groundhog Day right now,'' Ryan Saunders said.
The forward already had missed 40 consecutive games since suffering a bone bruise Dec. 31 at New Orleans.
The senior guard averaged 19.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists this season.
Plenette Pierson was with the Lynx in 2017 when they won their most recent WNBA title.
Karl-Anthony Towns had a rough night, but drew a late foul and sank the game-winning free throws with under a second remaining in overtime.
Los Angeles scored 42 points in the first quarter and clinched a playoff spot. The Wolves That lack of defensive intensity "has been the story of a number of games," interim coach Ryan Saunders said.
Jones said the stat is a product of emphasis by the coaches. But it's also being good at making the initial read on a play.
Interim coach Ryan Saunders said he will do some experimentation to see how some players fare in unusual situations over the final nine games of the season.
The combination of injuries to Wolves players and the team's schedule down the stretch could conspire to help the team come draft lottery time. But to a man players and coaches say they'll play hard the final 11 games.
The Wolves shot only 40.4 percent. On the defensive end,they let the Warriors do just about whatever they wanted, burning the Wolves over and over.
Tyus was named Most Outstanding Player while leading Duke to the 2015 NCAA title. Now, perhaps his brother will follow in those footsteps.
The Gophers get at least one more home game.
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