The core players on the Minnesota Lynx’s roster have been together for so long that there’s very little they haven’t seen as a group–even facing a 1-0 deficit in the WNBA Finals.
On Wednesday night, Game 2 appeared to be another case of “been there, done that”for the Lynx, as the defending champs used a 17-3 run at the end of the first half to propel them to victory. Each time the Los Angeles Sparks went on a run, the Lynx shut the door, showing their championship mettle.
Here are some takeaways from an exciting Game 2:
Seimone Augustus was, and must remain, aggressive
Coach Cheryl Reeves had a conversation the Augustus prior to Game 2, urging the veteran to be more active and decisive. Augustus responded positively to her coach’s request, scoring 14 points and simply looking more energized on both ends of the floor. Reeves knows that LA doesn’t have the defenders to prevent Augustus from scoring, especially when the defense is highly concerned with Maya Moore.
…Speaking of Moore–she played an amazing game, churning out 21 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Take a look at her highlights:
Lynx dominated the glass
Rebekka Brunson and Sylvia Fowles absolutely owned the paint in Game 2. Between them, the frontcourt duo pulled down 9 offensive rebounds, keeping alive various offensive possessions. If the pair can keep up such ferocity on the offensive glass in the remaining games, Minnesota will wear down the opposing bigs.
Candace Parker must be better for the Sparks to win
After scoring 14 points and pulling down 9 rebounds in the Game 1 victory, Parker scored a meager 6 points on 3-12 shooting from the field on Wednesday night. Overall, she didn’t look as engaged in the game as she should have. That simply cannot happen. She must also provide more resistance to the bulky forwards on the Lynx (much easier said than done).
The ball cannot stick for LA in Game 3
One of the problems with LA’s poor first half finish was the lack of ball movement. Specifically, the ball would stick to one side of the floor instead of being swung around. While Minnesota was more attentive to detail on defense, LA didn’t have enough player and ball movement. Being at home will be a blessing for the Sparks, as the crowd will provide a jolt to the players.
One question I have for the next two games is whether Minnesota’s reserves can continue their contribution on the road. There was no drop off for the Lynx in Game 2 when the starters went to the bench, enabling the team to keep the Sparks at bay.
Game 3 takes place on Friday at 9:00 PM on ESPN2, don’t miss it!