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Asjha Jones back at practice for the Lynx

For the first time since training camp began last Sunday, Asjha Jones was able to take part in the majority of Thursday’s practice.

“It was nice to have her out there,” Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said. “We were kind of easing her in gradually. But today was the most she’s done. She looks like Asjha Jones. She looks very steady.’’

Jones was acquired from Connecticut prior to camp, primarily to fill the roster hole created by Janel McCarville’s decision not to play this summer. But a pre-camp physical showed a blood-count issue that was resulting in fatigue. But treatment has been successful and Jones is close to being able to go full-out.

She was able to take part in what Reeve described as a very up-tempo practice. 

Here are some other nuggets from today’s practice.

--Reeve will hold another practice tonight, then give the players Friday off.

--Monica Wright, who has been out with a strained calf, was able to do a little bit in practice today. She is getting close to returning.

--Former University of Minnesota player Shae Kelley is taking on a new challenge. A power forward in college, she has been working out at small forward this week. It appears she and Asia Taylor will be competing for a roster spot.

--Tricia Liston (quad soreness) was held out of Thursday’s practice.

Intensity of camp ramps up

With three practices’ worth of installation work done over the first two days of training camp, Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve ran an up-tempo practice full of five-on-five scrimmages.

“It was good, intense,” Reeve said. “We got a lot or work done. The first three practices we put a lot of stuff in, and we wanted to see it in action, give ‘em a chance to see who remembers what in the heat of the moment. It was a fun day for the coaches.’’

Here are some notes from practice:

--Guard Lindsay Whalen stopped by to say hello to her teammates today. Given a few days off to rest following the end of her European season, Whalen will return to practice Wednesday.

--Former Gopher Shae Kelley has looked good so far, Reeve said. Kelley is working primarily at the small forward position, where she and Asia Taylor are likely locked in a battle for a roster position.

--Recently-acquired post player Asjha Jones was away from practice Tuesday getting tests to make sure her blood deficiency wasn’t a sign of a more serious problem. The good news: it wasn’t. But Jones, still dealing with fatigue, likely won’t practice until next week.

Reeve, though, is not worried about Jones’ ability to fit in with her new teammates once she gets on the court.

--Monica Wright (calf) again missed practice. She isn’t likely to practice before Saturday.

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