The Lynx fell to 2-5 with their second loss of the season to rival Los Angeles on Sunday, and it's now fair to wonder just exactly what is wrong with the team.
Are they getting old? Are they just in a rough patch? Is the chemistry off? Maybe it's a little of all three, but they sure don't seem to be getting much consistent production beyond Maya Moore and Sylvia Fowles.
If the overall excellence of the starting five has been the trademark of the Lynx during their run of four WNBA titles in seven seasons, this season might mark a transition to a "big two" and more help from the bench. We got a glimpse of that Sunday when Rebekkah Brunson played only 17 minutes and Lindsay Whalen just seven.
But after spending Monday afternoon on WNBA.com looking at advanced stats, it doesn't look like there's a smoking gun.
Maybe it's just a small sample size and the Lynx will be just fine.
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