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Mercury will be without Taurasi, Griner tonight

It was already known the Phoenix Mercury would be without center Brittney Griner for tonight’s game with the Lynx at Xcel Energy Center. Griner hurt her knee and ankle in the second half of the Mercury’s loss to the Lynx in Phoenix Friday night.

But it turns out the Mercury will be without both Griner and All Star guard Diana Taurasi, who was left back home in Phoenix basically to rest.

“She just needs a bit of a rest,’’ Phoenix coach Sandy Brondello said. “We’ve played a lot of games lately, so we just made the decision to keep her at home to get some well-deserved rest.”

Friday was the fifth game in 10 days for the Mercury, who had a four-game winning streak snapped by the Lynx.

Brondello said Angel Robinson will start for Griner, Monique Currie for Taurasi.

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said the changes in the Mercury lineup wouldn’t change the way her team approaches the game, other than realizing that a team can be different – and dangerous – in situations like this. Minnesota’s second loss, in Chicago July 8, came when Chicago veteran Cappie Pondexter was held out to rest.

Reeve was asked how difficult playing five games in 10 nights is. “We all have to do that,’’ Reeve said. “In this league that’s not uncommon.’’

The Lynx had a stretch early in the season when they played five games in 11 nights. In August there will be a stretch when they play six in 12 nights.

“You play your schedule, whatever it is,’’ Reeve said. “People want to use that as an excuse. I mean, we’re not going to. I’m sure we’ll be tired (in August). No doubt about it. But we’ll all be out there.’’

In the meantime, look for Camille Little – who played some physical defense against Lynx center Friday – to draw that assignment again. And look for the Lynx to work harder at getting Fowles the ball, early and often.

Fowles shakes off slow start to finish with double-double vs. Sparks

Sylvia Fowles admitted after the Lynx’s 88-77 win over the Los Angeles Sparks on Thursday that she was pressing herself into mistakes in the face of double and triple teams. She was 2-for-6 shooting in the first half and had three turnovers.

Maybe nerves got the best of her. The reigning Western Conference Player of the Month wanted to show her success this season wasn’t a fluke. And by the end of the game, she proved that.

After averaging 13 points in last season’s WNBA Finals against the Sparks, who deployed the same defense against Fowles then, the center dominated Los Angeles. She finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

“I don’t know who was more excited, me or Syl, for this game to show it’s for real how far she’s come,” coach Cheryl Reeve said afterward. “We didn’t have that last year. We didn’t have the ability to run so many plays and have her double- and triple-teamed.”

Even when she struggled in the first half, she drew so much attention that it created opportunities for others, including backup Renee Montgomery, whose four three-pointers helped her produce a season-high 20 points. Reeve said Seimone Augustus’ 10 first-half points, most of which came from the forward running off screens, were the result of Fowles sucking defenders away from other Lynx.

“You’re not thinking about defending ball screens,” Reeve said. “You’re kind of going, ‘Where the heck is Fowles?’”

Fowles was a top-level WNBA center before this season. But she’s currently averaging a career-high for points (20.7) while shooting the best percentage of her career, 66 percent. That makes defending her -- and, as a result, the rest of the Lynx -- a greater quandary than ever.

“The way she’s playing now, she’s just elevated her game to where it’s a really hard decision for the defense,” Maya Moore said. “If you send two at her, she can split it, or she can find a teammate. And if you don’t come, she’s going to get and-one’s scoring it most of the time.”

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  • New York at Lynx

    7 pm on ESPN2, 106.1-FM

  • Twins at L.A. Dodgers

    9:10 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Sioux City at Saints

    7:05 pm on 1220-AM

  • Twins at L.A. Dodgers

    9:10 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Canterbury Park live racing

    6:30 pm

  • Sioux City at Saints

    7:05 pm on 1220-AM

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    6:30 pm

  • Lynx at Atlanta

    6:30 pm on FSN, 106.1-FM

  • Saints at Sioux City

    7:05 pm on 1220-AM

  • Twins at Oakland

    9:05 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Canterbury Park live racing

    12:45 pm

  • D.C. United at Minnesota United FC

    7 pm on Ch. 29, 1500-AM

  • Saints at Sioux City

    7:05 pm on 1220-AM

  • Twins at Oakland

    8:05 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Canterbury Park live racing

    12:45 pm

  • Saints at Lincoln

    2:05 pm on 1220-AM

  • Twins at Oakland

    3:05 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Seattle at Lynx

    6 pm on FSN/NBATV, 106.1-FM

  • Saints at Lincoln

    6:45 pm on 1220-AM

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