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Continued: Augustus could be key to Lynx slowing Taurasi, Mercury

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 26, 2013 - 5:54 AM

“But I’m fine now,” she said.

Another chapter

And now we’re ready for the latest installment of the Augustus-Taurasi story.

This one dates back nearly 20 years, when Taurasi’s team beat Augustus’ in an AAU tournament. Since then they’ve been both opponents and teammates. Twice they were on gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic teams together.

But most often, they have competed, the impassive Augustus vs. the fiery Taurasi.

“I love her as a person, off the court,” Augustus said. “But … she cusses, she spits, she does everything you can think of on the court. She’s trying to get you out of your game plan.’’

Early in the 2009 season the Lynx were playing the Mercury when Augustus, bumped by Taurasi on a fast break, landed awkwardly on her left leg, tearing her ACL and ending her season; Augustus has always maintained Taurasi was not trying to hurt her. Two years later, in the 2011 playoffs, Augustus led the Lynx in scoring in a two-game sweep of Phoenix in the conference finals. And here they are, again. Let the battle begin.

“That’s my ‘frenemy’ now,” Augustus said of Taurasi. “We always use that terminology, head of the snake. She’s the head of the snake, and we have to figure out a way to cut that off. It’s a tough task for me. But I have to do what I can do to put my team in a great position.”

 

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