Kent Youngblood writes about the Minnesota Lynx.

Now healthy, Lynx look to finish season strong

Posted by: Kent Youngblood under People Updated: July 25, 2014 - 6:22 PM

Seimone Augustus is going to play tonight for the first time in nine games, and Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve will have her entire roster healthy and available for the first time all season when the Lynx host San Antonio at Target Center.

So what does that mean?

Well, Reeve is looking at the team’s final 10 games as serious playoff prep. That, to her, means two things:

--First of all, defense. More than any other year, Reeve – out of injury-induced necessity – has done more defensive adjusting game-to-game than ever before. You’ll see that again tonight. After packing the paint against Atlanta Tuesday, the Lynx will be defending on the three point line tonight against a Stars team that is tied for first in the league in three-point shooting.

But it’s more than that. Reeve hasn’t been especially happy with the team’s defense this season. She believes stepping it up in that area will only make the offense more potent and the Lynx very difficult to play against.

“I want ‘em to play playoff basketball,” Reeve said of the final 10 games. “And that that means for us is a tenacious approach to out defense, which has been spotty. It has appeared at times, but not enough for me, to my liking. I’m looking for that.”

--And, with the starting five back in business as a complete group, Reeve is now looking for her bench to come together and form a personality of its own.

The top five have played so much together it won’t take long for them to rediscover their chemistry now that Rebekkah Brunson and Augustus is back. But the bench? It has to do more.

“That’s probably more intriguing to me,” Reeve said. “I think it’s more exciting for the first group to be back together. I know the first five will get their thing going. But what our bench looks like is going to be a key.’’

Meanwhile, Seattle’s loss to New York Thursday clinched a playoff spot for the Lynx.

And, tonight the Lynx will be wearing pink uniforms in honor of breast cancer awareness. The game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off following the game.

That’s about it for now. Have a good night.

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