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Continued: Lynx among WNBA's best already, and still on the upswing

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 14, 2013 - 6:41 AM

“Sitting at a bar, debating which was the best team? They’d be a part of it,” Lobo said.

So much has to happen. During a season in which several top players and top teams were hurt by injuries — Seattle, Phoenix and Indiana come to mind — the Lynx were lucky. They lost Augustus for three games with a sprained ankle and McCarville two games with a concussion.

So it takes some luck.

And then there is the league. The depth of talent is far greater than it was 10 years ago, so just getting to the playoffs — much less advancing to the finals — is tougher.

“Minnesota was the best team this year,” Lobo said. “Assuming you have your players coming back healthy, that nothing happens overseas, this could be the WNBA’s next dynasty.”

Staying together

Under coach Cheryl Reeve, the Lynx have become both talented and ego-free. All five starters scored in double figures in the final two games of the title series, which speaks to the team’s willingness to share the ball.

And the team played with a toughness that perhaps it didn’t have last season while losing to Indiana. Indeed, it was the Lynx’s toughness that had Atlanta star Angel McCoughtry off balance all series.

Add in Sixth Woman of the Year candidate Monica Wright and backup forward/center Devereaux Peters, and the Lynx are a very deep, talented team that plays with remarkable focus.

Even so, Reeve wasn’t comfortable with a comparison to the great Comets teams.

“I think winning tonight puts us in the conversation to make those comparisons,” said Reeve, who was an assistant on the Detroit teams that won two titles in three seasons. “But I’m somebody who respects the past generation. I’m sure the game has changed. You know, bigger, faster, stronger. But Houston won four in a row. I think we can be in the conversation for maybe being the second-best team, right up there with L.A.”

And what about a dynasty?

“I don’t think you’re in position to talk about that until you win your third title,” she said.

The good news: The Lynx should be just about everyone’s favorite when next season starts.

As owner Glen Taylor said in the team’s champagne-drenched locker room Thursday: “We’re going to keep ’em together. So we’ll see.”



 

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