This preview is challenging because I haven’t seen the Storm play with a healthy team and even Coach Agler doesn’t know if his team’s chemistry will pan out. Can the Storm manage to bring it all together and make a playoff run or will the inconsistency hurt them.
The Minnesota Lynx on the other hand have been just the opposite injury free and team chemistry is solid. They finished the regular season 1st in the WNBA and have high hopes to repeat as WNBA champs.
The Lynx and the Storm are both loaded on paper and both teams have players that have won championship(s). The Lynx great chemistry starts with the 2x Peak Performer Award winner Lindsay Whalen. She orchestrates the offense and keeps the dynamic duo of Seimone Augustus and Maya Moore equally happy. Rebekkah Brunson is a beast on the boards and each year improves her offensive game. Last but not the least is Taj McWilliams Franklin who leads on and off the court. She is the smartest player on the court and finds a way to get crucial rebounds and defensive stops in the game.
Lynx X Factor
Monica Wright Monie Love and I have a lot of love for the instant offense. She is a big athletic, explosive guard and when she gets the minutes is a force to be reckoned with. Candace Wiggins will have to step up and knock down some shots in the back-court as well for Minnesota to advance to the next round.
In this series I expect Maya Moore to give us more of her electric play that we have seen since the Olympic Break. She is playing with more confidence and is a triple threat on the court and rebounds well at the guard position.
I don’t see the Lynx losing at home but they will have to come with a lot of focus and energy as they will compete against a rested Storm team.
The Storm starting line-up if clicking on all cylinders will provide a lot of problems for the Lynx. One problem that they know they have to prepare for is Camille Little. There is nothing little about her play in the paint and she has been consistent all season long. With Lauren Jackson, Sue Bird, Tina Thompson and Ann Wauters at full strength they aren’t a true 4th seed.
X Factors for the Storm
Everybody healthy and the chemistry falling into place is the biggest X Factor for this team. Can they get it together after the seasons rocky storm. They say there’s always sunshine after the storm!
When you visit the Storm’s website it has a photo of Lauren Jackson with all her acolades. The bottom written in fine print states I’m not finished yet.
The Lynx came back from there visit to the White House saying they aren’t finished yet either. We will see who backs it up tonight.
Lynx win at home.