Practice Report: July 2, 2014

Megan Schuster
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Minnesota has played San Antonio twice this season, and is 2-0 against the Stars. In practice on Wednesday, the last practice the Lynx will have before Thursday’s home game, coach Cheryl Reeve expressed that this is a hard team who has had a string of good games lately.

San Antonio hasn’t lost a road game since June 5, the last time they came to Minnesota to face the Lynx. Reeve said that they will come into Target Center hungry on Thursday, and that offensively they present similarly to the Seattle Storm.

“They're going to bring more of the same of what we saw against Seattle, which is the three ball,” Reeve said after practice on Wednesday. “They're the best in the league at shooting the three. We know on defense one of our weaknesses right now that we've really locked in on is defending the three point line. We're very mindful of it and I think we have a great feel of what San Antonio likes to do and they have a feel for us. It's just going to come down to executing tomorrow night.”

Despite these concerns, Reeve said that her squad has been “crisp” in practices this week, and that the issues the team muddled through a few weeks ago are started to get resolved.

“I just felt like during that stretch, that tough stretch, where we didn't get much practice time,” Reeve said of the stretch where the team saw six games in 10 days. “We were kind of away from here and not in our routine, it just felt like we getting through things. We weren't really good at things. We were just getting through them. Now we've really locked in and the area of weaknesses that we're really focusing on we do feel like we've seen improvement.”

Augustus Still Out of Practice

Seimone Augustus, who sat out Sunday’s game with persistent bursitis pain, did not practice on Wednesday.

Reeve and Augustus both said that she is resting this week in hopes that this will speed her recovery and get her back to 100 percent. Reeve was adamant all week that Augustus will not be rushed back.

Augustus admitted after practice that this injury has taken a toll on her, more than just physically.

“It's very frustrating because on a day like today it feels great and then tomorrow I might try to get out there and play and it will swell back up,” Augustus said. “It's frustrating but I know that it's a process that I have to get through in order to focus on the rest of the season.”

Quick Hits

  • Reeve, Augustus and Maya Moore each reiterated after practice on Wednesday that they are constantly focused on the next game, saying that the biggest game of the year is the next game. This philosophy of Reeve’s has become a kind of team mantra this season.

  • The Lynx will have a similar defensive plan on Thursday to one that they’ve used against Seattle this season. With San Antonio’s hot 3-point shooting, Minnesota’s guards will have their hands full.

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