After having a day off to rest, the Lynx returned to practice Wednesday determined to work themselves out of a recent slump that has seen them lose five of their last nine games.

They did it without Seimone Augustus, who injured her left foot in the Lynx’s home loss to Washington Aug. 19. Augustus, still using crutches, is out indefinitely, though coach Cheryl Reeve expects her star guard to be back before the playoffs begin.

Wednesday’s practice was primarily scrimmage-based. Reeve feels the team simply needs time together on the court, and she was able to stop play during different points in the scrimmage to correct things that have led to the team’s recent slump.

Among those problems? Impatience on offense that has led to both turnovers and difficult shots. The work was on taking care of the ball, making sure to make the extra pass.

“We’re going to try to keep perspective about things,” Reeve said. “We know what our challenges are. We’re working really, really hard to be a good basketball team. Every day. Every moment we spend together is a step forward.’’

The schedule doesn’t get any easier. The Lynx play at Eastern Conference-leading New York Friday, then returns home to host Phoenix – the team that beat them handily in Phoenix Sunday – at Target Center.

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