Well, Lynx fans, you have reason to be concerned as the end of the regular season approaches.
The Lynx had their 11-game home winning streak ended by the Sparks Tuesday. With the victory – L.A.’s first at Target Center in exactly four years – the Sparks clinched a playoff berth and served notice that they won’t be a pushover should they meet the Lynx in the first round of the playoffs next week.
Here are some thoughts on the game:
--Even with all their starters available, the Lynx are still hitting too many stretches when the offense goes south. It happened for sure in the fourth quarter, when the Lynx shot 37.5 percent, turned the ball over twice and were out-scored 22-12; L.A. scored the final nine points of the game. I can’t remember the last time the Lynx had only one player score in double figures in a game.
--Maya Moore became the all-time franchise single-season scoring leader – and No. 3 in the WNBA all-time tonight. But she, along with her teammates, were nothing but somber after the game ended.
--The Lynx say she’s fine, but Seimone Augustus just doesn’t look 100 percent out there. She was 3-for-10 tonight, including a fourth-quarter airball from the corner after Kristi Toliver’s fifth three-pointer of the night had given the Sparks a 4-point lead with less than a minute left.
--The Lynx have to figure out a way to play better defense. The Sparks shot 50 percent after the first quarter, and Toliver was unstoppable no matter who guarded her tonight.
--It’s not too often the Lynx get out-shot and out-rebounded at home.
That’s about all for now. The Lynx will not practice Wednesday. After practice Thursday the team will head to San Antonio for the first of back-to-back games to end the season. Minnesota hosts Tulsa Saturday.