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If NBA fans waited through a whole season to see a Cleveland-Golden State rematch, WNBA fans have been waiting for the Lynx and Sparks in the finals.
Former Gophers star Lindsay Whalen said all along that Williams Arena should be a big home-court advantage for the WNBA Finals. Her teammates are now believers.
The Lynx have more playoff experience than the Washington Mystics, to be sure. But they also have more scorers, and that's been quite obvious in Games 1 and 2.
The Lynx, guided by former Gophers star Lindsay Whalen and playing on the U's home court, ended Thursday night's game on a 20-8 run.
She has been elbowed, pushed and shoved in the post, attracting crowds like a carnival barker. But Lynx center Sylvia Fowles couldn't be stopped this season.
Once Renee Montgomery stopped worrying about being perfect with Lindsay Whalen sidelined, the 30-year-old veteran thrived for the Lynx.
The Lynx drained 12-of-17 three-pointers on Tuesday night and shot nearly 60 percent in the playoff semifinal rout of the Mystics. Game 2 is Thursday.
Over the final three regular-season games — as the Lynx drove to the top playoff seed — Moore shot 52.3 percent overall and 56.3 on three-pointers
Lynx players spent much of Sunday's practice at Williams getting used to the sight lines, the elevated court and the ambience of the building, which is nearly 90 years old.
Some scoffed at another venue change for the Lynx - this time for the WNBA playoffs - but Lindsay Whalen embraces the chance to step back on the Williams Arena court that made her a star.
The Lynx are trying to make a smooth transition to Williams Arena despite the cost and inconvenience. Part of the challenge is adding air conditioning to a 1920s-era building.
Lindsay Whalen had to knock the rust off, but her return to the Lynx after a month away with a broken hand was welcomed with the playoffs coming up next.
The Lynx, behind Maya Moore's 26 points, finished the season one game ahead of Los Angeles.
Lynx's success rewarded by WNBA with 2018 All-Star Game at Target Center
Friday's victory, led by center Sylvia Fowles, puts the Lynx 1½ games ahead of the Los Angeles Sparks for the top seed in the upcoming WNBA playoffs.
Star center found niche and fit in well, making new contract a logical next step for both sides.
Alexis Jones has played little this season, but that might change after the rookie played her best game yet on Wednesday.
Lynx fans should consider the Lynx's announcing the signing of Italian forward Cecilia Zandalasini as something of a pre-emptive strike.
Lindsay Whalen had surgery to repair a fracture on her left hand; Seimone Augustus will rejoin the Lynx for Sunday's game after a two-game absence.
Two Lynx players will start for the West in Saturday's All-Star Game, two more will be reserves.
Lynx center Sylvia Fowles racked up another stellar game Wednesday afternoon, finishing with 24 points and 12 rebounds in 25 minutes vs. Dallas.
Rebekkah Brunson was added as a replacement for injured Phoenix center Britney Griner and is the fourth member of the Lynx to be named to Saturday's game.
This marks the seventh time Seimone Augustus has been named to an all-star team since she entered the league in 2006.
"What better way to celebrate this team, this area that has embraced this team, than by having an All-Star Game here?" asked Lynx guard Seimone Augustus.
Turning up the pressure helped fuel an 18-0 run that blew the game open in front of 10,022 fans at the X.
The Lynx have had a week to analyze a lopsided loss to one of the WNBA's worst teams, last weekend's 100-76 disaster in Chicago.
The July 22 WNBA All-Star Game in Seattle will feature a Western Conference team with the Lynx's Cheryl Reeve as coach and Sylvia Fowles and Maya Moore as starters.
Thirteen games and a month and a half into a 34-game season, the Lynx and Mercury will finally play on Friday night in Phoenix. And that means Sylvia Fowles vs. Brittney Griner.
On a night when the officials called 43 fouls in 40 minutes, center Sylvia Fowles was often the focus. She responded by dominating the final minutes of the game.
Brunson-led Minnesota held Washington to 40.3 percent shooting.
Lynx's Seimone Augustus is polishing, expanding her skills – and thriving. Through 10 games and a 9-1 record, Augustus is having one of her best and most well-rounded seasons.
6-foot-11 Justin Patton said he is looking forward to playing with the Wolves in general and Wolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns. "He'll make me look good."
Defense and rebounding were issues for the Lynx in their first loss of the season, 98-93 to the Connecticut Sun and former Gophers star Rachel Banham.
They have been winning games together since 2011 — only four L.A. Sparks have won more games.
When the Lynx start preparing for an opponent, they start with Rebekkah Brunson. As in, who is the other team's best player?
Lynx forward Maya Moore is struggling to score more than she ever has in her career yet the team is still undefeated.
Lynx point guard Lindsay Whalen didn't score and her backup, Renee Montgomery, had only four points. But their ball distribution might have been the most important factor in an 80-66 Lynx victory over San Antonio that wasn't nearly as close as the score indicated.
The veteran center is averaging 21.2 points.
The Lynx turned the ball over 22 times against the Sun. But they escaped with a home victory after almost blowing a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter.
"I can hardly wait," former Gopher and Lakeville high school star Rachel Banham said about facing the Lynx at the X. "I worked hard for this."
The Lynx on Sunday overcame a woeful offensive showing versus Chicago thanks to Sylvia Fowles' scoring in the paint. But that alone won't be enough Thursday against the Liberty.
Sylvia Fowles led the way with 26 points and 10 rebounds, but coach Cheryl Reeve expects more from her veteran squad.
Chinese national team captain Shao Ting didn't make the Lynx final cut meaning two rookies — guard Alexis Jones, the team's first-round draft pick, and forward/center Temi Fagbenle — round out the roster.
After Thursday's practice, coach Cheryl Reeve said the team might be able to figure out a way to fit 12 players under the salary cap, which would mean rookies Alexis Jones, Temi Fagbenle and Shao Ting would all make the roster.
After Renee Montgomery and Jia Perkins struggled with shots last season, coach Cheryl Reeve has asked for better shooting and shot selection. The pair works together long after practice.
Cheryl Reeve and Sylvia Fowles agree on the star center's potential and the goals Reeve has set. But it's still a challenge when it comes to the best way to facilitate the growth.
Seimone Augustus, Lindsay Whalen and Maya Moore took the entire off-season off rather than go overseas, and it showed.
The Lynx hope to attract new fans during its one season in St. Paul - and keep them for the seasons to come in the newly-renovated Target Center.
Standing 6-5, Temi Fagbenle grew up loving tennis and was a track star in high school. But her professional ambition is to make it in the WNBA.
Because she was here when the Lynx couldn't win, it's possible nobody appreciates the past six years more than Seimone Augustus.
Veteran Plenette Pierson joined the Lynx for one big reason — a shot at a title. And she'll do whatever it takes to prove her worth.
Sting of Finals loss to Los Angeles is motivation as training camp begins.
Sunday the Lynx will begin training camp with the goal of winning a fourth league title in seven years. They've been here before, winning a title every other year since 2011.
After Tuesday's practice, Wild players were preparing for some radical changes linewise. Wednesday's game could be the first time since Nov. 25 that Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund have been separated.
Jones averaged 13.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game as a senior and was an Associated Press honorable mention all-America as well as a first-team all-Big 12 pick.
Forward/center Chantel Osahor will battle for a spot on the team's roster after being acquired the day after she was taken in the second round of the WNBA draft.
With a veteran lineup already in place, the Lynx this week aren't shying away from drafting a player they'll need to groom.
Nia Coffey ended her four-year basketball career at Northwestern with her name all over the program's list of records.
Down 22 points early in the second quarter, the Wolves rallied in front of a sold out crowd to take a one-point lead into the final quarter this season at Target Center but could not complete the comeback.
The NBA is changing the way it looks team-by-team, and the process is much more complex than just sitting down and starting to draw.
Refusing to quit on the season, the Timberwolves erased a double-digit deficit to top the Blazers in a game supposed to be played March 6 at Target Center.
For the 20th time this season, the Wolves (30-45) — who were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention with Portland's victory later Saturday night — built a double-figure lead and lost
Ricky Rubio is shooting more, shooting better. But perhaps lost in that improvement is his free-throw shooting.
It is worst in the NBA but surging down the stretch.
After Thursday's 3-1 loss to Philadelphia, Bruce Boudreau bemoaned his team's lack of energy and jump.
Tuesday, the Wolves lost another game after holding a lead of 10 or more points. It was the 18th time this season the Wolves lost a game in which they held a lead of 10 or more, a league high.
Kawhi Leonard, limited in the first half Tuesday against the Wolves, erupted for 20 points after halftime to lead San Antonio to its fourth victory of the season over Minnesota.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sent a memo to team owners Monday expressing concern about the practice of resting big-name players -- and the Spurs coach explained why he does it.
Omri Casspi made his Timberwolves debut Tuesday, wearing his third jersey in a little more than a month and sporting a small brace on…
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau ended his postgame media gathering after less than a half-minute. "You're making it sounds like we're good," he said, in part, responding to a question about the loss in Winnipeg.
For the first time since Jason Pominville joined the Wild, he was a healthy scratch -- one of several things tried in Sunday's loss at Winnipeg.
Despite better play of late, the playoff-searching Wolves still lead the league with 15 losses in games in which they had a 10-point lead or more.
Point guard hits targets early, often on way to Wolves record 19 assists vs. Wizards.
Back in 2003, for the second time in his career, Kevin Garnett scored 20 points or more in a 16th consecutive game. A franchise best, the record stood for 14 years. Now it has been broken — and broken again — in a matter of weeks.
Wolves guard Ricky Rubio, encouraged to shoot more, is on a steady climb that coach Tom Thibodeau has called "at a very, very high level."
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