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By Philip Rossman-Reich
Lynx Writer

Scouting Report - Lynx (8-4) vs. Silver Stars (4-5) 7 PM

The Silver Stars reached the WNBA Finals last season as one of the top teams in the Western Conference. But San Antonio has struggled out of the gate this season, falling behind Seattle, Phoenix and Minnesota. Those three teams have distanced themselves from the fourth place Silver Stars as the teams get firmly entrenched into this season. San Antonio, though, is still a very dangerous team.

Becky Hammon has not lost a step since missing two games in late June to play with the Russian National Team in the European Championship. She is averaging 18.0 points per game in seven games this season with 5.9 assists per game. She has gotten assistance from Sophia Young. Young is averaging 16.5 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game. Those two have formed a potent one-two punch for San Antonio so far this season. But both have also struggled mightily from the field. Hammon and Young are both shooting lower than 40 percent and Hammon is struggling mightily from beyond the arc, shooting 26.7 percent from long distance.

San Antonio is playing like a typical .500 team. The Silver Stars have not been able to find a good rhythm and string together a few wins. They certainly are capable of doing so after last year's run to the finals. But this year the team has been very uneven. In San Antonio's last game against Seattle, the team shot 17 of 57 from the floor. That is 29.8 percent. The Silver Stars really struggle on the glass despite having strong rebounders in Young and Ruth Riley. They gave up 12 offensive rebounds and were outrebounded 41-17 in Tuesday's game in Seattle. Part of that can be attributed to San Antonio's offensive struggles.

On the other hand, the Silver Stars can play a stifling defense that can keep the scores low. They did hold the Storm to 63 points in Tuesday's loss. Before heading to Seattle, San Antonio hung 85 points on Chicago on 54.4 percent shooting. The Silver Stars gave up 72 points and outrebounded the Sky by 10 boards. San Antonio does have the talent to win games, but the team is still trying to put the pieces together.

Minnesota played extremely well against San Antonio last year, taking the season series 3-1. The Lynx won those games by an averaged of more than 10 points and Candice Wiggins averaged 18.7 points per game in three games against the Silver Stars, including a 24-point effort off the bench. A lot has changed for the Lynx since then -- only four players remain from that team and Seimone Augustus will not play. But it should give the team some confidence heading into the pair of games this weekend.

Keys To A Win For Minnesota:
--Keep Sophia Young and Ruth Riley off the boards
--Prevent dribble penetration
--Get Wiggins attacking the basket
--Push the tempo

Matchup To Watch:
Charde Houston vs. Sophia Young

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