In the days leading up to their opening game, Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve fretted that her team was struggling to find its identity. I’m beginning to think she was doing a little sandbagging after Thursday’s 20-point blowout of Phoenix.
For the second straight game the Lynx were incredibly efficient on offense, effective on defense, Thursday adding a strong rebounding effort to the mix. The Lynx were up 35 in the third quarter when Reeve started working her reserves into the mix. Tonight the Lynx could have named their score.
All you need to know about Thursday is that the Lynx tied franchise records both for number of assists (30, on 36 made field goals) and fewest turnovers (six). All 11 players on the roster scored, nine had at least an assist and six different players had a steal.
Here are some thoughts on the game:
--It was a career night for backup center Amber Harris. Going into the game Reeve felt Harris could match up well against Phoenix center Brittney Griner, and she did. Harris had a career-high 18 points to go with six rebounds and three assists. She also had three blocks, two on Griner. Together, she and McCarville combined for 22 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three blocks. Harris got the game ball.
--Maya Moore had another very strong game, scoring 19 of her 22 points in the first half. She has upped her aggression level on offense, and it’s showing.
--Lindsay Whalen had 10 of her team’s 30 assists. And she played only 23 minutes.
--Seimone Augustus had 19 points on 9-for-13 shooting. She has been very efficient.
--Monica Wright continues to play well off the bench.
--Things appear to be getting pretty tense with the Mercury, who had a 40-plus-minute post-game meeting before meeting the press. I guess 0-3 doesn't fly when you start the season with such high expectations.
That’s about it for now. Have a good weekend.