TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT:
Everything thus far is going as planned. A dominating Lynx club has destroyed the Atlanta Dream at home in the first two games. They have three more games to get one win and I suspect it will only take one game. Hopefully, tonight in Georgia the Lynx will be crowned the WNBA 2013 Champions! They have done it with defense, holding Atlanta to 31% & 35% shooting respectively. They have done it with teamwork. Five Lynx players in double digits in Game Two. What is clear is that the Lynx learned a valuable lesson in the 2012 Finals against Indiana. Don’t ever get outworked in the Finals again. Depending upon which team you talked to would determine your feelings on just how physical the games have been. Dream star Angel McCoughtry said “I’m very frustrated,” she is 11-for-42 shooting in two finals games. “I don’t feel like I played in a basketball game. I feel I was in a football match.… I don’t need to be grabbed and pushed to the ground. My elbow is aching right now. I shouldn’t feel like that. I should feel like I played some basketball.” Seimone Augustus’ response to that was “Then don’t play in the WNBA Finals.” I love this stuff!
DID YOU SEE THAT?:
Do you remember during Game 1 of the 2011 Finals when Maya Moore had that amazing Dr. J reverse layup? It was one of those moments where you thought I’m probably going to remember that layup for a long time. The other night in Game Two I’m sure you remember when Maya blocked McCoughtry’s shot, I had the same feeling: It was more than just a blocked shot. It was the way she came running from the weak side to ball side and anticipated the block. The block sent McCoughtry to the floor and Maya landed on two feet with all the confidence in the world. She wasn’t being cocky but she knew she had made a statement. I will remember that block for a long time as well!
My prediction for who will be the 2013 WNBA Finals MVP is.........Maya Moore! It would be perfect because not only has she played great basketball in the series but it would be a good way to make up for the fact that she wasn’t the league’s M.V.P. Lets face it, Maya has been sensational! In the first two games of the finals she has had 23 points, 15 boards, and six assists and one amazing block! This doesn’t account for all the things that she does that don’t make the stat sheet . Her energy, hustle and her ability to get other players to play at a higher level simply because she is playing at a higher level. So without knowing what will happen in Game Three, I’m picturing the end of the game and I see Maya holding up a large M.V.P. trophy and stoically saying thank you to her mother and all of her fans! Wouldn’t that be perfect?
If everything goes as anticipated I hope to be celebrating with thousands of other Minnesota Lynx fans in a huge parade, similar to what happened in 2011. The parade is so important because are Lynx are so dominant that there really is only the smallest of chances that they would have to wait to win the championship at home in Target Center. The parade would be our last chance to gather to celebrate this insanely talented group of classy individuals! I hope all of my predictions come true and we see you all next week screaming and celebrating another memorable Minnesota Lynx season!
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