Chemistry was a matter of concern with the Minnesota Lynx upon entering their fourth consecutive playoffs this week. In Game two of the Western Conference Semifinals against the San Antonio Stars Saturday night, Minnesota shook off a horrendous first quarter to put on a dazzling display of cohesion to sweep the series, with a 94-89 win.
"We don’t want to play any more games than necessary. We want to be efficient and put it all out there on the court," Minnesota forward Maya Moore said.
The Minnesota Lynx were ineffective at mitigating nerves over their ability to sustain leads in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the San Antonio Stars, but their ability to close with a victory did not falter.
Minnesota survived an 18-2 run from San Antonio in the fourth quarter to emerge with an 88-84 win at Target Center, and they can wrap up the series with a win on Saturday at San Antonio.
The Minnesota Lynx ended their 2014 campaign with a 25-9 record, becoming the first WNBA team to post 25 wins or better for four consecutive years. Reaching that threshold this year was a remarkable achievement, with Minnesota enduring several injuries that could have compromised their overall chemistry.
"For us to do it this season, with the amount of adversity that we've faced, I told them I'm very impressed and blessed to share it with them," said Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve.
On the morning of July 22, Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore engaged in the customary team ritual of ending a shoot-around with a half-court shot contest. Moore hit her warm-up, launching her first make from the right-hand side, and was the only player to successfully bank her true attempt from center court.
The WNBA has had no shortage of "sister acts" over its 18-year history, including several sets of twins. This Saturday, however, will mark the first time that a pair of sisters have ever been selected to participate in the same WNBA All-Star Game.
Expect both teams to be well rested when the WNBA Finals tip off next Sunday after the Minnesota Lynx joined the Atlanta Dream in sweeping their conference semifinal series, closing things out on the road with a 72-65 victory over the Phoenix Mercury at the U.S. Airways Center on Sunday. The win propelled the Lynx into the WNBA championships for the third-straight season.
Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles and Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi led the voting for 2013 All-WNBA First-Team, the WNBA announced today. Fowles was the leading vote-getter (167 points), followed by Taurasi (162), who earned a record-tying eighth First Team nod.
You can’t blame Minnesota fans for looking ahead to the conference finals, and it would be a stunner if the Lynx lost this series, but the Seattle Storm and Brian Agler will not go down easily, despite a huge talent disparity.
Seattle has been healthy all season, so the players know their roles and are in command of the very physical system, so even if the Storm lose in two, the Minnesota wins won’t come easily.