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Scouting Report - Lynx (12-18) vs Storm (19-12) 7 PM

The Lynx will need to display intestinal fortitude to reach the playoffs after a narrow overtime loss to San Antonio on Tuesday night. With the win, the Silver Stars are now a game up on Minnesota along with holding the tiebreaker for the final spot in the playoffs. Saturday may offer the final opportunity for the Lynx to gain ground on San Antonio as the team searches for their first victory over the Storm this year.

At 19-12, Seattle has already clinched a spot in the postseason and would face Los Angeles if the playoffs started today. Despite Lauren Jackson missing significant time due to a stress fracture in her lower back, the Storm put together a six-game winning streak before losing to Washington on Thursday night. Seattle only shot 39.7 percent from the floor in the road defeat.

The season series has been quite lopsided in favor of the Storm except for the third meeting on July 19, where Minnesota fell 72-69. Jackson did not play in the contest and Nicky Anosike recorded a double-double performance with 12 points and 11 boards in the loss. Reserve center Tasha Humphrey played a pivotal 14 minutes, scoring seven points off the bench. Renee Montgomery recorded eight points in the starting role as her team shot 53.1 percent from the field. In the previous two games, Seattle dominated the Lynx by an average margin of victory of 22.5 points. Minnesota only connected on 24 percent of its 3-point attempts in the two June contests against the Storm. Sue Bird has struggled against the Lynx this season, only averaging 3.5 points per game but has increased her scoring with Jackson missing the past three games.

Keys To A Win For Minnesota:
--Pound the ball inside to Anosike
--Limit turnovers
--Win the battle of the boards

Matchup To Watch:
Candice Wiggins vs. Sue Bird

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