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Whalen might miss rest of regular season

Here are two big things to come out of tonight’s Lynx victory over Phoenix:

1.The Lynx, finally, appear to have arrived on the same page with the whole team after the mid-season additions of Renee Montgomery and Sylvia Fowles.

2.The Lynx better hope Lindsay Whalen is a quick healer.

Whalen left tonight’s game in the second quarter with bursitis pain in her ankle and soreness in her Achilles. Whalen has been dealing with this pain for a while, which no doubt contributed to her dip in production the last few weeks. Finally, Sunday, the pain became too much. Whalen, who has been wearing a protective boot when not playing or practicing for a while, left wearing one Sunday. Coach Cheryl Reeve said she didn’t expect Whalen to play in the final four regular-season games, but expected her star guard to be back in time for the playoffs.

Here are some other thoughts on the game

--What a tale of two halves this one was. The Mercury shot 55.6 percent in the first half, 30 percent in the second half, just 4-for-15 in the fourth quarter. The perimeter defense of Anna Cruz and Montgomery was very good down the stretch.

--Montgomery played 28 minutes, her high with the Lynx this season. She scored 15 points, 11 in the second half, eight in the fourth quarter. She was very good tonight.

--And center Sylvia Fowles really battled with Mercury star Brittney Griner. What a matchup. Here are their final numbers: Fowles had 14 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks. Griner had 13 points, seven rebounds and nine blocks. But here’s the kicker: Fowles held Griner scoreless in the second half, out-scoring her 10-0 in the final two quarters.

--This was Minnesota’s fourth victory of the season in games they trailed going into the fourth quarter.

--The 22 second-half points the Lynx allowed is tied for the fewest by a Lynx opponent this season.

--Cruz made just three of 10 shots. But she had four assists and three steals and played some very good defense.

That’s about it for now. Have a great week. 

Lynx return to practice looking to get back on track

After having a day off to rest, the Lynx returned to practice Wednesday determined to work themselves out of a recent slump that has seen them lose five of their last nine games.

They did it without Seimone Augustus, who injured her left foot in the Lynx’s home loss to Washington Aug. 19. Augustus, still using crutches, is out indefinitely, though coach Cheryl Reeve expects her star guard to be back before the playoffs begin.

Wednesday’s practice was primarily scrimmage-based. Reeve feels the team simply needs time together on the court, and she was able to stop play during different points in the scrimmage to correct things that have led to the team’s recent slump.

Among those problems? Impatience on offense that has led to both turnovers and difficult shots. The work was on taking care of the ball, making sure to make the extra pass.

“We’re going to try to keep perspective about things,” Reeve said. “We know what our challenges are. We’re working really, really hard to be a good basketball team. Every day. Every moment we spend together is a step forward.’’

The schedule doesn’t get any easier. The Lynx play at Eastern Conference-leading New York Friday, then returns home to host Phoenix – the team that beat them handily in Phoenix Sunday – at Target Center.

TV Listings

Local Schedule

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  • Gary at Saints

    7:05pm on 1220-AM

  • Chicago White Sox at Twins

    7:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Indy at Minnesota United FC

    7pm on Ch. 45

  • Gary at Saints

    7:05pm on 1220-AM

  • Chicago White Sox at Twins

    7:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Chicago White Sox at Twins

    12:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Live racing

    6:30pm

  • Vikings at Tennessee

    7pm on 100.3/1130

  • Gary at Saints

    7:05pm on 1220-AM

  • Live racing

    6:30pm

  • Indiana at Lynx

    7pm on 106.1-FM

  • Gary at Saints

    7:05pm on 1220-AM

  • Twins at Houston

    7:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Live racing

    12:45pm

  • Twins at Houston

    6:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • New Jersey at Saints

    7:05pm on 105.1-FM

  • Live racing

    12:45pm

  • Twins at Houston

    1:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Minnesota United FC at Edmonton

    3pm

  • New Jersey at Saints

    5:05pm on 1220-AM

  • New York at Lynx

    6pm on FSN, 106.1-FM

Today's Scoreboard

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  • Detroit

    Toronto

     

    - F

    2

    9

  • LA Angels

    Cleveland

     

    - F

    2

    9

  • Boston

    NY Mets

     

    - F

    4

    5

  • Kansas City

    Tampa Bay

     

    - F

    2

    3

  • NY Yankees

    Atlanta

     

    - F

    20

    6

  • San Diego

    Philadelphia

     

    - F

    9

    4

  • Colorado

    Pittsburgh

     

    - F

    5

    0

  • Miami

    Washington

     

    - F

    4

    7

  • Seattle

    Chicago White Sox

     

    - F

    5

    6

  • Cincinnati

    Milwaukee

     

    - F

    1

    4

  • Houston

    Minnesota

     

    - F

    5

    7

  • Baltimore

    Texas

     

    - F

    0

    6

  • St. Louis

    San Francisco

     

    - F

    7

    5

  • Oakland

    Arizona

     

    - F

    7

    4

  • Chicago Cubs

    LA Dodgers

     

    - F

    2

    0

  • Indiana

    Tulsa

     

    - F

    70

    76

  • San Antonio

    Los Angeles

     

    - F

    52

    60

  • Connecticut

    Chicago

     

    - F

    72

    68

  • Phoenix

    Minnesota

     

    - F

    61

    71

  • Washington

    Seattle

     

    - F

    59

    69

  • Portland

    Seattle

     

    - F

    1

    2

  • D.C.

    New York

     

    - F

    0

    3