Scouting Report: Lynx vs. Jayco Australian Opals
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Playing a National Team doesn’t exactly sound like an exhibition game, especially without four of your starters from a season ago.
That’s what the Lynx are doing tonight when the face off against the Jayco Australian Opals at 7 p.m. at the Target Center.
It will be an opportunity for a roster consisting of seven rookies to prove what it has early on. Many of these players are fighting for a roster spot and the defending champions don’t have many spots to give.
We don’t know a lot about the Opals. We know that the team has current or former WNBA stars Erin Phillips, Penny Taylor, Rachel Jarry, Liz Cambage and Leilani Mitchell on its roster. We also know that none of those players can participate due to a recently ratified WNBA collective bargaining agreement.
It will be interesting to see what lineups head coach Cheryl Reeve puts out there as she’ll be without Lindsay Whalen, Seimone Augustus, Rebekkah Brunson and Janel McCarville.
Rookies, it’s your time to shine.
Maya Moore will play for the Lynx, but don’t expect many minutes. Forward Dev Peters will not play. Peters arrived in Minnesota on Saturday night after playing in Russia during the offseason.
Last Time Out
This is the first exhibition game for the Lynx in 2014.
The Opals are coming off of a 71-57 loss to the Seattle Storm on Saturday. It was the first of four games this preseason against WNBA teams for the Opals.
Player Spotlight: Lindsey Moore
Lindsey Moore’s entered camp in fantastic shape and has gotten all of the team’s minutes as the starting point guard in Training Camp. Moore won’t start the season as Minnesota’s point guard as the team already has All-Star Lindsay Whalen there. Whalen is currently fulfilling her overseas commitment, giving Moore a very rare opportunity.
Head coach Cheryl Reeve said in camp last week that it’s too early to see whether or not Moore has made the second-year jump quite yet. Lynx fans hope that’s the case, especially with Monica Wright’s knee injury. Wright served as the team’s main backup point guard last season.
So far in camp, Moore has been much more vocal and seems more confident around her teammates, which isn’t exactly a surprise. Most rookies aren’t running around practice leading plays. Chances are they don’t exactly know the plays, and the veterans would look at them funny.
Right now in camp, Moore is a veteran of the group. Expect Reeve to start Moore and give her the majority of the minutes at the point guard position.
Reeve has also said that she plans on playing nine-year veteran and new Lynx Tan White at the point guard position out of “necessity.” The Lynx don’t really have another option. She closed by saying that the team “needs” to get Moore some minutes running the show for the Lynx.
It will help the coach figure out if Moore is ready for an expanded role for the defending champions.
Probable Lynx Starters
PG – Lindsey Moore
SG – Tan White
SF – Maya Moore
PF – Asia Taylor
C – Damiris Dantas
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