Taj McWilliams-Franklin suffered an undisclosed injury in practice Saturday morning.
She said as much on Sunday when she appeared before the media after the Lynx's 103-86 victory over Phoenix. A victory which put the once stumbling and bumbling franchise in the WNBA finals.
Was she kidding? Maybe. Was it minor? A more likely scenario. Did it effect her against Phoenix? Nope, that's definite.
The 6-foot-2 mother of three from San Antonio probably played her best game of the season at US Airways Center. She had 21 points and seven assists, both season highs, and six rebounds. Add a block, too. Not bad for a player who turns 41 next month.
Maya Moore, about as old as Taj's two oldest daughters, made six of eight three-pointers and also had 21 points. She's done better in Phoenix. She was six of six on threes -- tying a WNBA record -- one game there this season. But nobody is complaining about her latest effort.
There were 16 lead changes and the score was tied seven times before the Lynx pulled away at the end.
After the final horn, the Lynx headed for what seemed to be a practice gym near the main court to get a trophy from WNBA prez Laurel Richie. They all got a cap that said Western Conference champions or something like that. They danced, they sang and then they rushed to the airport to catch a flight home.
If the Lynx had lost, they didn't want to travel on Monday, the day before the big showdown game on Tuesday. But now there is none. The Lynx won their best-of-three Western Conference finals series in two.
Once again they have proved they are the best team in the West. They are 2-0 against Atlanta and 1-1 versus Indiana, the two teams who will play Tuesdau to decide an Eastern Conference champion.
The Lynx can relax and watch.