Tuesday Practice Report
The red-hot Minnesota Lynx return to the Target Center on Wednesday night after an impressive 2-0 start to the 2009 season. Minnesota crushed Chicago and Indiana by scoring a combined 198 points in the first two games.
Assistant coach Jim Petersen looks back at the record-setting start for the Lynx, "We felt we could do a good job against Chicago. You know we are a running and fast breaking team. They were the slowest team in terms of pace of play in the entire WNBA last year, so I just think it was one of those games where it was the size and skill of Chicago vs. the speed and determination of the Lynx. Obviously when you score 102 points, we are in really great shape. Our players are just making shots right now, so it's fun to watch."
On Wednesday night at 7PM, Minnesota battles the Los Angeles Sparks in the second home game of the season. The Sparks are playing without star second-year forward Candace Parker as she recovers from the birth of her first child. In the first two games, Los Angeles displayed vastly different performances against the Detroit Shock. On June 6, the Sparks defeated the Shock by 20 points but then fell two days later 81-52 in Detroit.
While at the practice facility on Tuesday morning, Petersen offers an exclusive preview of the matchup, "We want to be able to defend their half-court sets and we want to be able to get back in transition, that is going to be one of the biggest keys. Also, they shot 19 3-pointers in their first game; they will come down in transition and knock down 3's as well. It's going to be really important that we pay close attention to the defensive end."
Jonah Ballow with Jim Petersen
Anosike is focused and ready to take on WNBA legend Lisa Leslie in her final season. At the center position, Anosike has continued to provide stability inside the paint. Anosike scored 17 points and grabbed five boards in the victory over the Fever on Sunday night.
John Focke with Nicky Anosike
Thomas was vocal at the practice facility on Tuesday with insight to the Sparks gameplan after spending five years on the Los Angeles roster. Both teams like to play a fast pace style of offense and Thomas believes the Lynx need to match the Sparks intensity on Wednesday night.
Jonah Ballow with Christi Thomas
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