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We're a few minutes from tip-off; on paper, this matchup between the Lynx (20-4) and Tulsa Shock (6-19) looks like a blowout waiting to happen. Minnesota was won seven consecutive games and has defeated Tulsa with ease in all four previous meetings this season.
But a strange thing is happening lately with the Shock -- namely, Tulsa is winning. After a dismal 3-18 start, the Shock is 3-1 in its past four games. That includes back-to-back victories over Atlanta and Los Angeles, the latter coming in Tulsa on Thursday. In that game, guard Ivory Latta had 21 points and an eye-popping 14 assists to lead the way.
Translation: Maybe the Shock won't be quite the pushover as in previous games, when Minnesota took victories by 20, 21, 15 and 24 points.
Roman Augustoviz spends Minnesota's winters covering college hockey, specifically the Gophers, and other University of Minnesota sports. During the summer, he writes about the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, with a dose of U sports sprinkled in. Follow @RomanStrib on Twitter. E-mail Roman.
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