It’s not Earth-shattering news due to her place as a backup on the Lynx, and the fact that she missed the first round of the playoffs. But the Lynx are looking at playing their Western Conference finals series against Phoenix without rookie forward/center Damiris Dantas.
Dantas was in Brazil tending to a family matter during the first round of the playoffs. She returned Sunday and was at Lynx practice Tuesday. But the family matter has come up again. Dantas was not at practice Wednesday. It was unclear whether she would return to Brazil. But there is a possibility she might not play in this series.
That said, there is still a slew of All-Stars and former No. 1-overall draft picks in the two team’s starting lineups, which promises to make this a very entertaining series.
Still Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve went out of her way to encourage fans to come to Target Center for Sunday’s 2:30 p.m. game. The Lynx are doing everything they can to pump up interest in the game, which comes in the middle of Labor Day weekend with the Minnesota State Fair still going on.
“We need their help,” Reeve said of the fans. “We need them to make Target Center what it’s been all season for us, pushing the 12,000, 15,000 mark gives us a distinct advantage. So if you’re in the Twin Cities area on Sunday at 2:30, we need you at Target Center.”
A couple other nuggets from today’s workout:
--Other than Dantas, everyone else appears in good health for this series. That includes Seimone Augustus and Rebekkah Brunson, two players whose matchups in this series will be huge.
--Reeve said she and her staff learned a lot about Phoenix in the final two regular season games between the two teams. “We learned when we’re healthy we’re a better team,” she cracked.
--Seimone Augustus was asked about the incident between her and Diana Taurasi. Taurasi, frustrated, gave Augustus a shove. Augustus didn’t give any ground and the two went face-to-face for a moment before Taurasi gave Augustus a kiss. “That’s something where, if I had to take it for the team, I would,” Augustus joked. “It was either throw a punch or get a kiss.”
That’s about all for now. Have a good rest of your day.
|Baltimore||4||Bottom 8th Inning|
|Detroit - LP: J. Mantiply||4||FINAL|
|NY Mets - WP: C. Torres||5|
|Cincinnati||0||Bottom 6th Inning|
|Los Angeles||8||Bottom 5th Inning|
|San Francisco||9||Top 6th Inning|
|Chicago WSox||0||Top 7th Inning|
|Kansas City||8||Top 5th Inning|
|Seattle||4||Top 7th Inning|
|Colorado||0||Bottom 6th Inning|
|Oakland||2||Top 6th Inning|
|LA Lakers||7:00 PM|
|Miss Valley St||75|
|Evansville||41||2nd Half 14:32|
|Northern Ill||6:00 PM|
|Bowling Green||6:00 PM|
|Central Mich||6:00 PM|
|Morehead State||6:30 PM|
|Coll of Charleston||7:30 PM|
|Texas Tech||8:00 PM|
|Loyola Marymount||10:30 PM|
|(21) George Washington||77|
|(3) South Carolina||58|
|East Tenn St||66|
|(2) Notre Dame||77|
|(9) Arizona State||67|
|Miss Valley St||51|
|(23) Rutgers||54||2nd Half 0:45|
|(18) Texas A&M||47||2nd Half 9:09|
|Cincinnati||43||2nd Half 19:42|
|Saint Josephs||17||1st Half 9:01|
|Santa Clara||4:30 PM|
|Virginia Tech||5:00 PM|
|(7) Florida State|
|Rhode Island||6:00 PM|
|North Florida||6:00 PM|
|(20) Fla Gulf Coast|
|Kennesaw St||6:00 PM|
|USC Upstate||6:00 PM|
|Saint Peters||6:00 PM|
|(13) Princeton||6:00 PM|
|(15) North Carolina||7:00 PM|
|San Jose St||7:00 PM|
|Utah State||8:00 PM|
|(8) Oregon State|
|New Mexico||8:00 PM|
|(12) Kentucky||8:25 PM|
|(11) Miss State|
|San Diego State||8:30 PM|
|Texas Tech||8:30 PM|
|Boise State||9:00 PM|
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