Lynx @ Sky Gameday

By Philip Rossman-Reich
Lynx Writer

Scouting Report - Lynx (11-12) vs. Sky (12-12) 7 PM

Minnesota has been singing the home blues recently, losing seven of its last nine games at home and going 1-3 on the team's recent four-game home stand. It may seem a little paradoxical that the Lynx might be looking forward to going on the road. They will play their next four games on the road criss-crossing the country starting in Chicago against the Sky on Saturday. Minnesota is 5-4 on the road compared to its 6-8 home record and have won three of their last five road games dating back to June 30. For the team to hold on to its playoff spot, it is going to have to play well on the road as eight of the last 11 games of the season are on the road.

The first stop on the Lynx's long journey to the end of the season is in Chicago. They have not seen the Sky since a season-opening 102-85 win. Seimone Augustus scored 23 points and Candice Wiggins had 20 as four of the five starters scored in double figures. Candice Dupree 21 points and Jia Perkins had 24. Both teams shot above 50 percent for the game as the Lynx took advantage of 22 Sky turnovers. But as Minnesota learned in Thursday's loss to Indiana, what happened at the beginning of the season can be very different than what happens at this stage of the season.

Chicago features three accomplished scorers in Dupree, Perkins and Sylvia Fowles. Each is capable of producing big games and will need the complete attention from the Lynx defense. Dupree leads the team 15.3 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game, followed by Perkins' 14.6 per game and Fowles' 11.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game (all stats before Friday's game at New York). No other player on the team averages more than seven points per game. The offense is one of the worst in the league, averaging 74.3 points per game. The defense gives up 78.2 points per game and can give up more as the Lynx showed early in the season.

The Sky wrapped up a four-game road trip in New York last night before heading home to face the Lynx. They have been hovering around .500 for most of the season and are in the thick of their own Eastern Conference playoff race. Chicago is currently outside the playoff picture, but well within striking distance of even taking the second place in the conference. Minnesota are still holding onto third place, but stand a game ahead of San Antonio and a game and a half ahead of Los Angeles, who is on the outside looking in. Be sure that both teams know how important this game will be to their playoff positioning.

Keys To A Win For Minnesota:
--Don't get discouraged if the shots don't fall
--Keep the ball out of the role players' hands
--Force turnovers and get out on the break
--Put the pressure on early

Matchup To Watch:
Charde Houston vs. Candice Dupree

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