History suggests the Lynx will play well tonight.
The Lynx will tip off with San Antonio in less than an hour, and the first order of business for coach Cheryl Reeve is to get her team playing the way it played in the first two games and not the way it did while losing in Washington Saturday.
Indeed, Reeve described the team’s practice Monday as intense, with emphasis on defense.
Frankly, Reeve said, neither she nor her team had a very good night Saturday. “A couple of things happened,” she said. “One, I coached a terrible game.”
The second part? The fact that too many of her players tried to win the game on their own when things weren’t going well, devolving into a one-on-one mindset.
“When you say one on one, a lot of times the interpretation will be that it’s selfish,” Reeve said. “It’s not that. With our group, we can sense that things aren’t going our way, so they say, ‘I’ll fix it. I’ll fix it here for us, and I’ll get us going.’ ‘’
The end result of that in Washington was forced shots and poor ball movement. If she had it to do over, Reeve said she would have made more extensive use of her bench in the Washington game.
“I go down with my horses,” Reeve said. “In that game I ran them into the ground, and frankly they weren’t playing well enough to stay out there.”
The bottom line to all this? The Lynx would presumably be primed for tonight’s game. Since the start of the 2011 season Reeve’s team has only had two losing streaks, one of two games, one of three. The team was 16-1 at home last season and has won a franchise-record 10 straight regular season home games dating back to last season.
Maya Moore, who enters the game as the WNBA’s leading scorer (23.3), is celebrating her 24th birthday today. “The best present we could give her is a win,” Reeve said.
That’s about all for now. I’ll get back to you after the game.