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Atlanta Dream's Erika de Souza (14) controls the ball in front of Indiana Fever's Erlana Larkins (2) in the second half of Game 1 of the WNBA basketball Eastern Conference finals on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, in Atlanta. Atlanta won 84-79. (AP Photo/David Tulis) ORG XMIT: MIN2013100515535429

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WNBA Finals Game 1 preview: Atlanta at Lynx

  • October 5, 2013 - 4:30 PM

game 1 preview

7:30 P.M. at target center • ESPN, 106.1-FM

Lynx update: Starting Lynx center Janel McCarville was held out of practice Saturday for precautionary reasons because of back soreness. More will be known about her game status after Sunday’s shoot-around. … F Rebekkah Brunson and PG Lindsay Whalen are each playing in their fifth career WNBA Finals. Both players have appeared in 47 playoff games. … F Maya Moore led the Lynx in scoring in three of their four playoff games. … The Lynx know how to take care of the ball. Their average of 12.1 turnovers per game was lowest in league history.

Dream update: After losing the final four regular-season games and the playoff opener, the Dream has won four consecutive games, including a sweep of Indiana in the Eastern Conference finals. … F Angel McCoughtry (right) has 13 steals in the postseason, the most in the league. … F Armintie Herrington is averaging 13.0 points and 6.7 rebounds in her past three games. … G Tiffany Hayes’ 23 points in the first game of the Eastern Conference finals matched her career high. … C Erika de Souza (above) has 55 postseason rebounds, 14 more than any other player.

Kent Youngblood

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