This is my hardest preview yet because both teams are loaded with talent, chemistry, great coaches and a strong belief that it is their time. The Lynx have said all season long that they want to repeat as WNBA champs and have played consistent all season long.The Sparks believe they can be WNBA champs as well with a new coach, a new team and a healthy Candace Parker.
I really don’t want to talk about match ups in this blog. My mom always told me that if you don’t have nothing to say don’t make up things. All day I’ve been trying to figure out what I want to say and i have nothing. I’ve read the quotes from players and the statistics but tonight it will come down to simple who wants it more. I could talk about match ups but all the players are great at what they do for their teams.
With that being said I’m going to talk about some of the keys to the game for each team to get a win.The Lynx have to find a way to double team Parker in the post and make her into a passer. She has a variety of moves and I don’t think they have an answer to defend her one on one. I’m not saying Candace Parker can’t pass out of the double team but it will be a different look for players to get to this point and have the pressure of making wide open shots. They have to force L A to do something different and after a long lay over throwing a monkey wrench in their high octane offense may keep them off balance.
The Sparks on the other hand need to keep the ball out of Lindsay Whalen’s hands as much as possible and they have a great defender in Alana Beard that could do a good job of that. Lindsay is the key for the Lynx to advance to the Finals. Without her controlling the game it could be a long night for the Lynx.
This game could really go either way even with the Lynx playing at home as we saw that in the last home game that they barely won against the Storm. One thing I know is everyone will come to play tonight and it’s going to be a dog fight. With that being said the Lynx (part of the Wildcat Family) never lose in a dog fight.
This series will be one of the most entertaining, and most intense of the playoffs and if you like basketball you don’t want to miss this match-up tonight on ESPN 2 at 8pm If you’ve never watched a WNBA game this will give you a great preview of where the league is heading. I don’t know if you will love it but I guarantee you will like it.
The Storm refused to give in making play after play possession after possession. You have to give credit to Brian Agler for his impressive gameplan in Game 3. The Storm’s Katie Smith and Sue Bird hit big shot after big shot always keeping the game close. This game went down to the last 3.3 seconds and could have gone either way. The ball needed to be in the hands of Sue Bird but instead Lauren Jackson got it and missed. With LJ’s miss the Storm missed a golden opportunity to beat the Lynx at home. Sue Bird was deflated leaving the court because of the lost. Also in the back of her mind she knows her chances of getting back next year will be harder to come by. The West will be a lot tougher with Phoenix Mercury winning the top pick in the draft. While the Lynx, Sparks, and the stars can only get better.
Lindsay Whalen hurt her wrist early in the first half. So Maya Moore gave us more and scored 17 in the first half. In the second half Whalen one handed her team to a victory. She dribbled the ball with one hand, rebounded with one hand and even hit a crucial basket, baseline side, toe on the line one handed jumper that energized her team and the fans as well as herself.
Rebekkah Brunson was a beast on the offensive glass which was crucial in giving the Lynx easy second chance points. Seimone Augustus played with that New Orleans swag of Who Dat Who Dat trying to guard me. She floated over the top of the entire Storm defense. Last but not least when they needed the bucket and the crucial rebound the strongest chain of the Lynx Taj McWilliams Franklin rose to the occasion.
The Lynx hopes of a Repeat as champs are still alive but the L A Sparks believe this is there year as well. The Lynx calmed a Raging Storm but will definitely have to be
llinked Lynxed in to beat the high flying Sparks
Minnesota Lynx dominated the Storm last night taking a 1-0 series lead against the Storm. Lindsay Whalen was WAY to much for Seattle as she led the way with 20pts and 6ast . Maya Moore gave us More of her exciting play last night hitting a big 3 over Lauren Jackson after getting her to bite on the pump fake. Minnesota did what they have done all season long and defended home-court.
The Seattle Storm on the other hand were healthy but that was about it. They were out of sorts on offense and the chemistry wasn’t there. In basketball chemistry is everything and I’m not sure Seattle will have time to put everything together. They need that tandem of Sue Bird, Lauren Jackson and it isn’t clicking right now.
Timing is everything and the Storm’s knew in time everyone would be back. Although having everyone back just isn’t enough to compete with the defending champs.
The Lynx believe timing is everything also and the time is now if they plan to get to the next round to get closer to there goal of repeating as WNBA champs.