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 him on Twitter @RomanStrib.

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Taj is likely to start tonight

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz under Lynx Updated: October 7, 2011 - 12:14 PM

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said Taj McWilliams-Franklin chances of playing tonight have improved from questionable to probable.

A lot depends on how Taj's sprained right knee reacts to Friday's mid-day shootaround, Reeve said. The Lynx arrived at Philips arena at 10:15 am (CDT), conducted interviews for 15 minutes and then started stretching.

McWilliams-Franklin, who injured her knee in the third quarter of Wednesday's game, was moving around slowly. But that's her usual pace. She will turn 41 on Oct. 20 and doesn't even shoot at shootarounds, hasn't for years.

She was stretching with the rest of the team, lifting both knees -- right, left, right -- during one drill.

McWilliams-Franklin will try to play, I'm sure. The question is how the knee responds. The Dream like to play at a frantic pace.

SELLOUT -- BUY TICKETS FOR SUNDAY

If someone goes on the Dream web site, they will find out Friday's game is a sellout, in WNBA terms at least. A crowd of 14,000 to 15,000 is expected.

The lower bowl, which seats 10,160, will be full. And the suites and upper level in one end are also sold out. But about half of the upper levels are curtained off. The team decided not to open them up for this game. Perhaps not expecting such demand, perhaps wanting to keep a more intimate atmosphere in the building.

For the Atlanta Hawks' NBA games, the arena seat 18,371 with all the upper levels open.

 

  

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