WNBA Finals, Game 3: Lynx-Atlanta game preview

  • Updated: October 6, 2011 - 9:59 PM

Preview: The Lynx need to win one of the next three games over Atlanta to win the WNBA title. What's more, the Lynx are 4-0 against the Dream this season, with three of those victories coming at Target Center. The latest Lynx win was a 101-95 thriller on Wednesday. It came three days after the Lynx won 88-74 in Game 1.

Players to watch: Angel McCoughtry is someone every Lynx defender better watch. The dynamic Dream forward scored 33 points in Game 1 and a Finals-record 38 in Game 2. McCoughtry was 8-for-9 from the field in the first half Wednesday before cooling considerably to 2-for-13 in the second half. But she kept getting fouled and was 10-for-14 on free throws in the last 20 minutes. ... Seimone Augustus of the Lynx went back to being nearly a one-woman show for the Lynx in Game 2 -- like she often was when healthy in her first five seasons. With the other four starters shooting a combined 12-for-32, Augustus scored 36 points. She was 11-for-14 on field goals and made her only three-point attempt.

Numbers: The Lynx are 19-3 at home and hoping they played their last game at Target Center. They are a good road team, too, tying a WNBA record for road victories (13-4). They are 1-1 on the road in the playoffs. The big numbers for the Lynx in Game 2 were their free throws made (38) and attempted (46), both Finals records. Atlanta had 33 fouls. Every one of its starters and two reserves committed at least three.

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Atlanta - LP: A. Wood 0 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: A. Bastardo 1
Cleveland - LP: D. Salazar 5 FINAL
Detroit - WP: J. Verlander 7
Toronto - LP: R. Dickey 0 FINAL
Minnesota - WP: K. Gibson 7
Seattle - LP: J. Beimel 6 FINAL
Texas - WP: P. Figueroa 8
Los Angeles - WP: H. Ryu 2 FINAL
San Francisco - LP: M. Bumgarner 1
Colorado - WP: F. Morales 3 FINAL
San Diego - LP: I. Kennedy 1
St. Louis - WP: A. Wainwright 8 FINAL
Washington - LP: T. Jordan 0
Milwaukee - LP: R. Wooten 2 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: E. Volquez 11
NY Yankees - WP: C. Sabathia 10 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: D. Price 2
Toronto - LP: S. Santos 5 FINAL
Minnesota - WP: C. Fien 9
Boston - WP: J. Lester 3 FINAL
Chicago WSox - LP: R. Belisario 1
Kansas City - WP: J. Shields 5 FINAL
Houston - LP: S. Feldman 1
Philadelphia 1 FINAL
NY Rangers 4
Chicago 3 FINAL(OT)
St. Louis 4
Minnesota 4 FINAL(OT)
Colorado 5
Los Angeles 3 FINAL
San Jose 6
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