Lynx's mini-break is over

  • Article by: ROMAN AUGUSTOVIZ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 10, 2012 - 10:09 AM

Lynx players celebrate their team's 80-79 win after Game 2 of the WNBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Sparks.

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After two days off, the Western Conference champion Lynx will return to practice on Wednesday morning and concentrate on their strengths.

"Honestly, until that [other] series is over, we will focus on us, on our staples," Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said.

The Eastern Conference champion won't be decided until Thursday night, when Game 3 of the Indiana-Connecticut series ends in Uncasville, Conn. The Fever tied the series by beating the Sun 78-76 on Monday on a last-second shot.

Reeve admits she likes seeing other teams exhaust themselves in the playoffs. "I'm hopeful it is a knockdown, drag-out Game 3 and triple overtime," she said.

The Lynx are 2-0 against Indiana this season. They won back-to-back games over the Fever in mid-September: 66-64 on the road on Lindsay Whalen's last-second shot and 86-79 at home when Maya Moore scored 29 points.

The Lynx split with Connecticut, winning 85-72 there on June 1 behind Seimone Augustus' 23 points and losing 86-80 at Target Center on July 7.

That has been the Lynx's only loss at home. They are 19-1, counting three playoff wins. How did the Sun win? It had three players with double-doubles for the first time in franchise history.

Moore can be like Mike

Early in the fourth quarter Sunday, Reeve turned to her assistants and bench and started laughing. Moore had just made her third three-pointer in a three-minute stretch.

The Los Angeles Sparks were ahead 65-54 before Moore made her first with 3.6 seconds left in the third quarter. Her third three closed the Lynx's gap to 70-67.

Moore wears No. 23, Michael Jordan's number, and sometimes plays like him.

"We had nothing going," Reeve said. "But [Moore] started feeling it there. She was determined. I turned around laughing. It was one of those Michael Jordan moments."

Moore, for stretches in a game, can look unstoppable. She tied a WNBA record in the second Indiana game by making five three-pointers in one quarter.

Sparks coach Carol Ross had seen enough. In the huddle, she ordered whoever was guarding Moore to forget about helping anyone else on defense.

The second-year forward scored 20 points for the third consecutive playoff game; she was 4-for-9 Sunday from behind the arc.

Off-court range

Lynx reserve guard Candice Wiggins gave a wide-ranging radio interview on 1500ESPN on Tuesday. It covered the playoffs, her interests and her faith.

"We knew the game wasn't over," Wiggins said when asked about the Lynx's comeback victory over Los Angeles on Sunday. The defending league champions trailed by as many as 13 points in the second half before winning 80-79 to advance to the WNBA Finals.

Wiggins was scoreless that game but made a career-high 58 three-pointers during the regular season, shot 39.7 percent from behind the arc and averaged 6.8 points.

Offseason plans? She has an offer to play in Korea but is undecided. "It's cool to relax and enjoy life," Wiggins said. "I'm 25 years old."

Another reason she might not play overseas, she said, is that it is an election year and she is interested in politics.

Wiggins also said she was recently baptized by the Lynx chaplain in a Minnesota lake. Wiggins, who was baptized as a baby at her grandmother's church, called her second baptism "a symbol of spiritual maturity."


    Up next: Game 1 of WNBA Finals vs. Connecticut or Indiana • 7 p.m. Sunday at Target Center • TV: ESPN2

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